Project Blue Belt® 2013 - Managing Projects and Programs with Microsoft® Project Server 2013

Project Blue Belt® 2013 - Managing Projects and Programs with Microsoft® Project Server 2013

  • Experience using Microsoft® Project to create project schedules
  • Fundamental knowledge in project management
  • Experience with Microsoft® Office Excel 2013 or 2010
  • Familiarity with the key project management concepts and terminology found in
  • PMI’s PMBOK® Guide–Fifth Edition
  • Highly recommended: Attending the Microsoft® Project Orange Belt 2013 course
Course Level



This course introduces Project Server 2013 features that expedite scheduling projects and simplify managing tasks within an enterprise environment. Learn different aspects of Project Server and their benefits to varying roles in the enterprise, and gain hands-on experience and insights on best practices from SMEs around the world.

Preferred Currency:
This course is not currently scheduled. If you are interested in enrolling, you can send us an email or request a free consultation for group training.
Who Should Attend

Busy practicing project managers, program managers, portfolio managers, executives, team members, functional managers or any person who needs to get up to speed quickly with Project Server 2013 or Project Online.

Performance Focus

The goal of this course is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to select, initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close projects or programs with Project Server 2013, under the concept of enterprise project management. Participants will become familiar with Project Web App and its collaborative features for managing project documents, risks, issues, reports, tasks assignments, and its interactions.

What You Will Learn

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the project’s life cycle
  • Understand the Enterprise Project Management (EPM) environment
  • Apply the basic project management principles to selecting, initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing your Project 2013 schedules
  • Take advantage of new features
  • Explain Project Server 2013 views and project sites
  • Meet deadlines and budget restrictions
  • Keep the workloads of your resources within their available limits
  • Efficiently update your schedule
  • Take advantage of the standard reports, custom views, and visual reports for your projects
  • Take a brief look at the Business Intelligence potential
  • Efficiently and effectively manage your project(s) and programs
  • Work comfortably within Project Server 2013 or Project Online
Course Overview


Getting Started with Microsoft® Project Server 2013

  • Describing the EPM context
  • Discovering Project Server 2013 and Project Online
  • Differentiating the users of Project Server 2013
  • Working with Project Professional 2013 and Project Server 2013

Recognizing the Life Cycle within EPM Projects and Portfolio Management

  • Portfolio management and governance
  • Originating new initiatives within EPTs and workflows
  • Prioritizing initiatives, analyzing scenarios, optimizing, and selecting the portfolio

Initiating Projects

  • Initiating processes with Project Professional, SharePoint lists, Enterprise Projects, and Resource Plans
  • Importing projects and managing project owner and permissions

Planning Projects – Scope and Schedule Management

  • Planning context and framework
  • Scheduling in PWA
  • Using the Deliverables feature

Planning Projects – Staffing Management Plan

  • Building a project team
  • Managing resource availability
  • Reviewing the assignment cycle
  • Resolving resource overallocation

Planning Projects – Cost Components, Baseline, and Consolidated Schedules

  • Developing components of the Cost Management Planning processes
  • Working with the baseline in projects and programs or master schedules

Improving the Collaboration in the Project Sites

  • Creating the Project Sites
  • Developing components of the Risk Management Plan and Issues Tracking
  • Linking planning documents
  • Additional apps and customization

Executing Projects

  • Understanding executing processes
  • Managing resources using Build Team and other features
  • Working with timesheets
  • Reporting administrative time
  • Configuring personal settings

Monitoring and Controlling Projects – Tracking Task and Project Progress

  • Understanding the Monitoring and Controlling processes
  • Task progress and updates in PWA including considerations for different tracking methods
  • Task progress and updates in Project Professional 2013

Monitor and Control Projects – Measuring Performance and Reporting Progress

  • Understanding status reports
  • Reviewing performance metrics and progress reports
  • Taking advantage of preloaded reports at the Business Intelligence Center
  • Considerations for defining custom reports

Closing Projects

  • Reviewing the closing processes and closing tasks to updates
  • Supporting the closing process

Course Summary and Next Steps
Certification Qualifications:
IIL Certification: Candidates for IIL’s Project Blue Belt 2013 certification must attend the program and achieve a passing score (70% or higher) on a 45-question, multiple-choice exam. Participants that conclude the program will be enrolled in order to complete this exam online.

Continue growing your capabilities in Project Server 2013 by attending:

  • Project Black Belt 2013
  • Project Portfolio Analysis Workshop
Other Information

Complementary information about the program:

  • This course is also available for Microsoft® Project 2010.
  • Courses in Microsoft® Project will also qualify for the required education hours for the PMP (Project Management Professional)®, CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)® and the PMI-SP (Scheduling Professional)® certification from PMI. Contact your sales representative for more information.
  • This course contains multiple hands-on exercises and laboratories where you will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft® Project Professional 2013, or Project Pro for Office 365 desktop with the latest service packs, an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox and set up the access to the virtual lab provided by IIL. You may obtain a trial version of this software from


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