The course teaches you how to create and maintain some of the key project artifacts. The most convenient way to keep a good grip on important events is with the help of tables. So, it is only logical to use the most popular program for organizing and manipulating data for that purpose – Microsoft Excel. In this course, we cover the key aspects of using Excel for project management. You will learn how to create the five most important project management documents — work trackers, logs (from project diary to RAIDD), risk logs, project schedules and Gantt charts, and budgets.
Boost your technical skills by using Excel for project management. No heavy formulas are needed for this course. It focuses on the contents of the tables, going into detail about the important factors and some of the most commonly used Excel functionalities from a project management perspective.
A project manager must have a good idea of the progress of every activity and whether it is on track with the initial planning. This is where the tracker document comes in. In this section, we explain what that is and how to use it.
Another useful Excel tool for project management is the log document. This is where important events are recorded (logged). Once logged, people can obtain information about them– their purpose, who is involved, any next steps, the due date, etc.
Next, we will examine how to create and use project schedules and Gantt charts in Excel. Both are essential for project managers.
The final group of Microsoft Excel documents we will create together is related to budget and cost management. Here, the ultimate goal of the project manager is to have a realistic budget and a process to track the actual spending against this budget.
The Excel templates created in this course are essential to all projects. They are the bridge between project management theory and the real-life activities the manager performs. The course on Excel for project management ends with an outline of the limitations of the program and some alternative solutions.
“This course offers you the opportunity to apply in practice your knowledge in project management. The Excel skills you will learn will serve you great regardless of your career path.”
Worked at AIG