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MGMT404 iLabs 1-7 Devry University

MGMT404 iLabs 1-7 Devry University

iLab 1 of 7: Basics of Project Scheduling

General Comments about the Microsoft Project Exercises

A project plan and schedule are extremely important for managing projects. Applications are available as tools to assist defining, managing, controlling, and reporting on project plans and to evaluate how the project is progressing. Microsoft Project is one application that is commonly used for this purpose and will be the application used in this course. It will help you put together a plan of action, define and organize details, track progress, analyze costs and schedule, assess the quality of your project, and report numerous details to interested parties.

Guidelines

iLab Lesson 1A Requirements:

Complete Lesson 1A. Print Project Summary Report.Print Unstarted Tasks Report.

iLab Lesson 1B Requirements:

Complete Lesson 1B. Print Entry Table and Gantt Chart (show only columns up to and including the Duration Column.) Printout should be no more than two pages wide. Print Project Summary Report. Print Unstarted Tasks Report (fit to one page).

Deliverables

All of the following deliverables are required (in a zip file) in order to receive full credit:

Completed MyLab1B_XXX.mpp Completed Review Questions Printouts/Screenshots contained in Week_1_Printouts_XXX.docx

When submitting required printouts, if you are not bringing them to class, from the Print Preview Page, take a screen shot (in Windows ) of the report and paste the screen shot to an MS Word document. Make sure to crop the screen to show only the report. After cropping, resize the image appropriately. If the printout is on more than one page, paste each page individually. 

Save the Word document containing printouts as Week_1_Printouts_XXX.docx and submit this file to the Week 1 iLabDropbox in a zip file, along with the MyLab1B_XXX.mpp file and the completed Review Questions at the end of Lesson 1B. Remember to replace "XXX" in the file names with your initials, and ensure that all of your files are all clearly labeled and include your initials in the file name.

 i L A B  S T E P S

STEP 1: Download iLab Instructions

 

Click the links below to access this week's iLab instructions. You may also download both lessons from the MS Project Exercises category in Doc Sharing.

MS Project Lesson1A.docx(There are no Review Questions for Lesson 1A.) MS Project Lesson1B.docx(Review Questions to be completed and submitted for Lesson 1B are located at the end of this document.) 

STEP 2: Complete the iLab Assignment

 

Complete the iLab assignment for Week 1 based on the Guidelines section and Lesson documents above.

STEP 3: Submit iLab Deliverables

  Create a folder called MGMT404_YourLastName_Lab1. Place copies of each required deliverable into this folder. Right-click on the folder and select Send To → Compressed (zipped) Folder. You can also use other tools to compress the files into a single zip folder, (for example, 7-zip). Upload the zip file to the weekly iLabDropbox in eCollege.

For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read theseStep-by-Step Instructionsor watch thisDropbox Tutorial. See Syllabus "Due Dates for Assignments & Exams" for due date information.

Once your professor has received and graded the Week 1 iLab assignments, solutions to the Week 1 iLab will be made available to you in Doc Sharing

 iLab 2 of 7: Managing Project Resources

 General Comments about the Microsoft Project Exercises

Once the base schedule has been created, resources can be assigned to tasks. To complete that this week, we will:

Create a list of resources. Assign resources to tasks. Assign costs to resources. Use resource information to determine a preliminary cost for the project.

Guidelines

Complete Lesson 2. A printout of your Table: Entry showing all columns, but no Gantt chart A printout of your Table: Cost showing all columns but no Gantt chart Print the Summary Report. Print the Budget Report. Print the Who Does What report. Print the Overallocated Resources report.

Deliverables

All of the following deliverables are required (in a zip file) to receive full credit:

Completed MyLab2_XXX.mpp Completed Review Questions  Printouts/Screenshots contained in Week_2_Printouts_XXX.docx

When submitting required printouts, if you are not bringing them to class, from the Print Preview Page, take a screen shot (in Windows ) of the report and paste the screen shot to a MS Word Document. Make sure to crop the screen to show only the report. After cropping, resize the image appropriately. If the printout is on more than one page, paste each page individually. 

Save the Word document containing printouts as Week_2_Printouts_XXX.docx, and submit this file to the Week 2 iLabDropbox in a zip file along with the MyLab2_XXX.mpp file and the completed Review Questions at the end of Lesson 2. Remember to replace "XXX" in the file names with your initials, and ensure that all of your files are all clearly labeled and include your initials in the file name.

 

i L A B  S T E P S

 

STEP 1: Download iLab Instructions

 

Click the links below to access this week's iLab instructions. You may also download both lessons from the MS Project Exercises category in Doc Sharing.

MS Project Lesson2.docx(Review Questions to be completed and submitted for Lesson 2 are located at the end of this document.) 

STEP 2: Complete the iLab Assignment

 

Complete the iLab assignment for Week 2 based on the Guidelines section and Lesson document above.

STEP 3: Submit iLab Deliverables

  Create a folder called MGMT404_YourLastName_Lab2. 

iLab 3 of 7: Scheduling with Resources

General Comments about the Microsoft Project Exercises

 

In this week's iLab, we will use the different ways MS Project allows you to modify resource assignments and how this can affect work completion. In doing so we will:

Change the task type settings to control how resources affect task assignments. Apply preset resource contours to change work value distribution. Work with task information forms.

Guidelines

Complete Lesson 3. Print the Project Summary Report. Print the Task Usage Report. Print the Resource Usage Report.

Deliverables

All of the following deliverables are required (in a zip file) to receive full credit:

Completed MyLab3_XXX.mpp Completed Review Questions Printouts/Screenshots contained in Week_3_Printouts_XXX.docx

When submitting required printouts, if you are not bringing them to class, from the Print Preview Page, take a screen shot (in Windows ) of the report, and paste the screen shot to a MS Word Document. Make sure to crop the screen to show only the report. After cropping, resize the image appropriately. If the printout is on more than one page, paste each page individually. 

Save the Word document containing printouts as Week_3_Printouts_XXX.docx, and submit this file to the Week 3 iLabDropbox in a zip file along with the MyLab3_XXX.mpp file and the completed Review Questions at the end of Lesson 3. Remember to replace "XXX" in the file names with your initials, and ensure that all of your files are all clearly labeled, and include your initials in the file name.

 

i L A B  S T E P S

 

STEP 1: Download iLab Instructions

 

Click the links below to access this week's iLab instructions. You may also download both lessons from the MS Project Exercises category in Doc Sharing.

MS Project Lesson3.docx(Review Questions to be completed and submitted for Lesson 3 are located at the end of this document.) 

STEP 2: Complete the iLab Assignment

 

Complete the iLab assignment for Week 3 based on the Guidelines section and Lesson document above.

STEP 3: Submit iLab Deliverables

  Create a folder called MGMT404_YourLastName_Lab3

 

iLab 4 of 7: Working with Calendars

     

General Comments about the Microsoft Project Exercises

 

Calendars are tools that can be assigned to the project and to individual resources. The calendars can change the length of the workdays and schedule individual vacations. To work with the calendars, we will:

Change the working and non-working time on Standard Calendar. Change the working and non-working time on a Resource Calendar. Create new base calendars. Assign different base calendars to resources.

Guidelines

Complete Lesson 4. Print the Project Summary Report. Print the Gantt Chart View. (Include only those columns up to and including the Finish Date column and the Gantt chart. Print this on two pages wide.) Print the Who Does What When Report. (Print this on three pages.) Print the TaskUsage Report.

Deliverables

All of the following deliverables are required (in a zip file) in order to receive full credit:

Completed MyLab4_XXX.mpp Completed Review Questions Printouts/Screenshots contained in Week_4_Printouts_XXX.docx

When submitting required printouts (if you are not bringing them to class), take a screenshot (in Windows ) of the report from the Print Preview page and paste the screenshot to an MS Word document. Make sure to crop the screen to show only the report. After cropping, resize the image appropriately. If the printout is on more than one page, paste each page individually. 

Save the Word document containing printouts as Week_4_Printouts_XXX.docx, and submit this file to the Week 4 iLabDropbox in a zip file along with the MyLab4_XXX.mpp file and the completed Review Questions at the end of Lesson 4. Remember to replace "XXX" in all the file names with your initials, and ensure that all of your files are clearly labeled.

 

i L A B  S T E P S

 

STEP 1: Download iLab Instructions

 

Click the links below to access this week's iLab instructions. You also may download both lessons from the MS Project Exercises category in Doc Sharing.

MS Project Lesson4.docx(Review Questions to be completed and submitted for Lesson 4 are located at the end of this document.) 

STEP 2: Complete the iLab Assignment

 

Complete the iLab assignment for Week 4 based on the Guidelines section and Lesson document above.

STEP 3: Submit iLab Deliverables

  Create a folder called MGMT404_YourLastName_Lab4

 

Project Monitoring and Control & Managing Project Teams - iLab

 

iLab 5 of 7: Resource Workloads

General Comments about the Microsoft Project Exercises

 

A project schedule cannot be confirmed until all resource variations and overallocations are managed. To do this we will:

View resource workloads. Locate resource conflicts. Use automatic leveling to resolve resource overallocations. Manually resolve resource overallocations.

Guidelines

Complete Lesson 5. Print the Gantt Chart View. (Include only those columns up to and including the Finish Date column and the Gantt chart. Print this item on two pages wide.) Print the Project Summary Report. Print the TaskUsage Report.

Deliverables

All of the following deliverables are required (in a zip file) to receive full credit:

Completed MyLab5_XXX.mpp Completed Review Questions Printouts/screenshots contained in Week_5_Printouts_XXX.docx

When submitting required printouts (if you are not bringing them to class), take a screenshot (in Windows ) of the report from the Print Preview page and paste the screenshot to an MS Word document. Make sure to crop the screen to show only the report. After cropping, resize the image appropriately. If the printout is on more than one page, paste each page individually. 

Save the Word document containing printouts as Week_5_Printouts_XXX.docx, and submit this file to the Week 5 iLabDropbox in a zip file along with the MyLab5_XXX.mpp file and the completed Review Questions at the end of Lesson 5. Remember to replace "XXX" in all the file names with your initials, and ensure that all of your files are clearly labeled.

 

i L A B  S T E P S

 

STEP 1: Download iLab Instructions

 

Click the links below to access this week's iLab instructions. You may also download both lessons from the MS Project Exercises category in Doc Sharing.

MS Project Lesson5.docx(Review Questions to be completed and submitted for Lesson 5 are located at the end of this document.) 

STEP 2: Complete the iLab Assignment

 

Complete the iLab assignment for Week 5 based on the Guidelines section and Lesson document above.

STEP 3: Submit iLab Deliverables

  Create a folder called MGMT404_YourLastName_Lab5.

 

Project Leadership and Outsourcing & Project Procurement - iLab

iLab 6 of 7: Task Constraints and Baselines

     

General Comments about the Microsoft Project Exercises

 

Sometimes certain tasks must be constrained by dates, rather than only by the predecessors. For example, the Independence Day holiday is not dependent upon us getting our BBQ ready and buying fireworks (predecessor tasks) but by the fact that this holiday MUST occur on July 4. Once we have determined what these constraints are, we can set our project baseline and be ready to complete work on our project. To finalize our project plan in order to begin work, we will:

Use constraints to set date limitations. Set a project baseline schedule.

Guidelines

Complete Lesson 6. Print the Constraints Table. (Include all columns of the table.) Print the Project Summary Report.

Deliverables

All of the following deliverables are required (in a zip file) to receive full credit:

Completed MyLab6_XXX.mpp Completed Review Questions Printouts/Screenshots contained in Week_6_Printouts_XXX.docx

When submitting required printouts (if you are not bringing them to class), take a screenshot (in Windows ) of the report from the Print Preview page and paste the screenshot to an MS Word Document. Make sure to crop the screen to show only the report. After cropping, resize the image appropriately. If the printout is on more than one page, paste each page individually. 

Save the Word document containing printouts as Week_6_Printouts_XXX.docx, and submit this file to the Week 6 iLabDropbox in a zip file along with the MyLab6_XXX.mpp file and the completed Review Questions at the end of Lesson 6. Remember to replace "XXX" in all the file names with your initials, and ensure that all of your files are clearly labeled.

   

i L A B  S T E P S

STEP 1: Download iLab Instructions

 

Click the links below to access this week's iLab instructions. You may also download both lessons from the MS Project Exercises category in Doc Sharing.

MS Project Lesson6.docx(Review Questions to be completed and submitted for Lesson 6 are located at the end of this document.) 

STEP 2: Complete the iLab Assignment

 

Complete the iLab assignment for Week 6 based on the Guidelines section and Lesson document above.

STEP 3: Submit iLab Deliverables

  Create a folder called MGMT404_YourLastName_Lab6. Place copies of each required deliverable into this folder. Right-click on the folder and select Send To → Compressed (zipped) Folder. You can also use other tools to compress the files into a single zip folder (for example, 7-zip). Upload the zip file to the weekly iLabDropbox in eCollege.

For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read theseStep-by-Step Instructionsor watch thisDropbox Tutorial. See Syllabus "Due Dates for Assignments & Exams" for due date information.

Once your professor has received and graded the Week 6 iLab assignments, solutions to the Week 6 iLab will be made available to you in Doc Sharing

iLab 7 of 7: Tracking Project Progress


Now that the baseline is set, project work can begin. We can use MS Project to track our project's progress and compare it to our baseline. Comparing to the baseline allows us to check our progress against the schedule and budget. When negative variances occur, we are either behind schedule or over budget, so we know that corrective actions are necessary. In this week's iLab, we will:

General Comments about the Microsoft Project Exercises

  Compare baseline data to actual and scheduled data. View a network diagram. Overview the Earned Value calculations in MS Project.

Guidelines

Complete Lesson 7. Print the Project Summary Report. Print the Overbudget Tasks Report. (Print on one page) Print the Earned Value Report.

Deliverables

All of the following deliverables are required (in a zip file) to receive full credit:

Completed MyLab7_XXX.mpp Completed Review Questions Printouts/Screenshots contained in Week_7_Printouts_XXX.docx

When submitting required printouts (if you are not bringing them to class), take a screenshot (in Windows ) of the report from the Print Preview page and paste the screenshot to an MS Word Document. Make sure to crop the screen to show only the report. After cropping, resize the image appropriately. If the printout is on more than one page, paste each page individually. 

Save the Word document containing printouts as Week_7_Printouts_XXX.docx, and submit this file to the Week 7 iLabDropbox in a zip file along with the MyLab7_XXX.mpp file and the completed Review Questions at the end of Lesson 7. Remember to replace "XXX" in all the file names with your initials, and ensure that all of your files are clearly labeled.

   

i L A B  S T E P S

 

STEP 1: Download iLab Instructions

 

Click the links below to access this week's iLab instructions. You may also download both lessons from the MS Project Exercises category in Doc Sharing.

MS Project Lesson7.docx(Review Questions to be completed and submitted for Lesson 7 are located at the end of this document.) 

STEP 2: Complete the iLab Assignment

 

Complete the iLab assignment for Week 7 based on the Guidelines section and Lesson document above.

STEP 3: Submit iLab Deliverables

  Create a folder called MGMT404_YourLastName_Lab7

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