Assuming that your project has been formally authorized by the project sponsor and funding has been approved, now it is time to start your planning phase. Project management is typically a team-based management methodology. For training purposes, however, you will work alone on this project. The objectives of the lab assignments are to use MS Project to develop a project schedule and to create a cost baseline.
- Create a new project file in Microsoft Project and use the “Save as” function to rename the file with your last name, your first initial, and your project title. Example: AlexisJ_EletricTruckProject. (1point).
- Use the file Properties in Microsoft Project to enter a brief description of the project objectives. Remember, project objectives must be SMART. Complete the other Properties as appropriate. (Hint: Go to File>Info>Project Information>Advanced Properties>Summary). (2points)
- From the Gantt chart view, with the Entry Table applied, enter a total of 10 deliverables or subdeliverables for your project in the Task Name column, including project management. Remember, typically a deliverable is a component part of the project and is expressed as a noun/adjective – NOT a verb. (7points).
- Break down the deliverables of your project into work packages and tasks and enter them as subtasks under the deliverables. Break down the work packages into project activities. Note that unlike deliverables, activities are the actual actions you need to perform to complete the deliverables/work packages or phases. Activities are expressed as verb phrases. If you need a hint, take a look at the attached file provided as an example. Enter at least 20 tasks. (7 points)
- Use the “Indent/Outdent Task” command from the Task tab in Microsoft Project to create a hierarchy of deliverables/work packages/activities. This hierarchy will help you plan better your project. (1point)
- Add a column for Indicators. This will show where there are notes, overallocations, etc. (1 point)
- Use the default WBS coding system in MS Project to code your WBS. (Hint: From the Format tab> Outline Number). (1point)
Note: Remember that planning is an iterative process. You can always revise your plan as more information becomes available. Your project activities must be completely original – do not copy information from another source. You will receive a zero score for any assignments that are not original.