Mojave Desert Consulting

Project and Portfolio Management Education

Microsoft Training & Microsoft Certified Courses

About Us

Mojave Desert Consulting, a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, is Microsoft Training Partner located in the beautiful city of Las Vegas Nevada. Microsoft Project Training is our only focus targeting Project Directors, Project Managers and Project Coordinators either from the Six Sigma or PMP background as our service community. Our instructors are seasoned Project Managers that have been trained and certified by Microsoft. Our expert professionals are currently managing large projects and implementations and bring to the classroom live information as part of our learning solutions.

Las Vegas, NV

Known as as perfect place for corporations and govermental organizations meetings and conventions, Las Vegas is also known as the cheapest place to fly from virtually anywhere in the United States. It's called “The Entertainment Capital of the World” and it plays host to more than 39 million visitors every year. It's Las Vegas and there aren't enough adjectives to adequately describe it. It's glitzy and larger-than-life. It’s outrageous and excessive, and it offers its visitors a glittering array of things to do and see. In Las Vegas, you’ll find restaurants run by the world’s finest chefs, opulent spas, and sophisticated hotels… along with penny slots, Elvis impersonators, and indoor Venetian canals (complete with gondoliers). Why come here? Because there is simply no other place on the planet like Las Vegas. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Microsoft Training Certification Classes

We offer both Instructor-Led-Classroom and Instructor-Led-Webex training options. These are Microsoft Corporation official courses that target professionals seeking to get certified and to develop skills that can be directly transfered from the classroom to the workplace.

MSPS2010-TBC
Microsoft Project Server 2010: Technical Boot Camp.
April 15, 2013 - registering
MSPS2010-ATC
Microsoft Project Server 2010: Advanced Technical Class.
April 18, 2013 - registering

Professional Enhancement Classes

We offer both Instructor-Led-Classroom and Instructor-Led-Webex training options. These are Mojave Desert Consulting courses that target professionals seeking improve how they use and work with Microsoft Project. Each classroom, either ILT or ILW, is taught by Microsoft Certified Instructors that are currently working in the Project Management capacity bringing decades of in-the-field real-world technology experience.

MDCMSP-101
Getting started with Microsoft Project
April 19, 2013 - registering overflow
April 26, 2013 - registering
MDCMSP-102
Taking control of your Projects with Microsoft Project.
April 20, 2013 - registering
MDCMSP-103
Mastering Multiple Projects with Microsoft Project.
April 27, 2013 - registering

Training Courses

Microsoft Certification

Microsoft Project Server 2010: Technical Boot Camp.
This course takes you step-by-step through the features and concepts you’ll need to plan and manage projects effectively with MS Project 2010. This course helps you to prepare to pass Exam 70-178: Microsoft Project 2010 Managing Projects. This course has been validated by Microsoft.

Microsoft Project Server 2010: Configuring the Project Server.
This course takes you step-by-step through the features and concepts you’ll need to properly configure a MS Project 2010 Server. This course helps you to prepare to pass Exam 70-177: Microsoft Project 2010 Configuring. This course has been validated by Microsoft.

Continuing Education

Getting started with Microsoft Project
This is a very interactive 4-hour course session designed to deliver comprehensive first approach to Microsoft Project. The class will cover a variety of topics designed to deliver real-world knowledge and prepare participants to use Project 2010 in a day to day basis.
Taking control of your Projects with Microsoft Project
Learn best practices to creating project schedules and tracking progress using Microsoft Project 2010 in a Server environment. Learn the collaboration capabilities of server using Project Web App for task updates and timesheets along with tracking issues, risks, and deliverables using a SharePoint site.
Mastering Multiple Projects with Microsoft Project
Learn the integrated tools for demand management and portfolio selection using Project Server 2010 to help select projects that are aligned with the organization's strategic goals. Configure the environment for the intake process and then run the Project Prioritization and the selection process.
Summary

This course teaches the basic commands and features of Microsoft Project 2010. Students will learn how to create and modify task lists, establish a project schedule, create calendars, assign resources to tasks, track costs, and work with different views and tables. Students will also apply filters and groups, and sort task and resource data. Finally, they will learn how to resolve resource conflicts. Our courses facilitate your learning by providing structured interaction with the software itself. While we provide explanations to difficult concepts, the hands-on activities are the focus of our courses.

Interaction ratios

The interaction for instructor lecturing versus hands-on activities for the overall course are as following:
  • Instructor lectures = 20%
  • Hands-on activities = 80%
By paying close attention as your instructor leads you through these activities, you will learn the skills and concepts effectively. We believe strongly in the instructor-led class. During class, focus on your instructor. Our courses are designed and written to facilitate your interaction with your instructor. We believe in the basic approach of setting expectations, delivering instruction, and providing summary and review afterwards. For this reason, lessons begin with objectives and end with summaries. We also provide overall course objectives and a course summary to provide both an introduction to and closure on the entire course.

Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should be familiar with personal computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse. Furthermore, this course assumes that you've completed the following course or have equivalent experience: Windows XP: Basic, Windows Vista: Basic, or Windows 7: Basic Target student Students taking this course should be comfortable using a personal computer and Microsoft Windows XP or later. You will get the most out of this course if your goal is to become a proficient project manager by using Microsoft Project 2010 to plan and manage your projects.

                         Contents

Unit 1: Getting Started
Topic A: Project management concepts
Topic B: The Project window
Topic C: Project files
Topic D: The Help window

Unit 2: Tasks
Topic A: Creating a task list
Topic B: Modifying a task list
Topic C: The Work Breakdown Structure

Unit 3: Task scheduling
Topic A: Task links
Topic B: Task relationships
Topic C: Task options

Unit 4: Resource management
Topic A: The base calendar
Topic B: Resources and calendars
Topic C: Project costs

Unit 5: Views and tables
Topic A: Working with views
Topic B: Working with tables

Unit 6: Filters, groups, and sorting
Topic A: Filters
Topic B: Groups
Topic C: Sorting tasks and resources

Unit 7: Finalizing the task plan
Topic A: Finalizing schedules
Topic B: Handling resource conflicts
Summary

This course builds on the concepts and skills taught in the Basic course. Students will learn how to work with templates, create baseline plans, monitor and update projects, analyze project statistics, handle delays and conflicts, create reports, consolidate project files, share resources, and customize Project. Students will also learn how to communicate project information by using Project Server 2010 and how to integrate Project data with other Office applications.
Our courses facilitate your learning by providing structured interaction with the software itself. While we provide lectures to explain difficult concepts, the hands-on activities are the focus of our courses. By paying close attention as your instructor leads you through these activities, you will learn the skills and concepts effectively. We believe strongly in the instructor-led class. During class, focus on your instructor. Our manuals are designed and written to facilitate your interaction with your instructor. We believe in the basic approach of setting expectations, delivering instruction, and providing summary and review afterwards. For this reason, lessons begin with objectives and end with summaries. We also provide overall course objectives and a course summary to provide both an introduction to and closure on the entire course.

Interaction ratios

The interaction for instructor lecturing versus hands-on activities for the overall course are as following:
  • Instructor lectures = 20%
  • Hands-on activities = 80%
By paying close attention as your instructor leads you through these activities, you will learn the skills and concepts effectively. We believe strongly in the instructor-led class. During class, focus on your instructor. Our courses are designed and written to facilitate your interaction with your instructor. We believe in the basic approach of setting expectations, delivering instruction, and providing summary and review afterwards. For this reason, lessons begin with objectives and end with summaries. We also provide overall course objectives and a course summary to provide both an introduction to and closure on the entire course.

Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should be familiar with personal computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse. Furthermore, this course assumes that you are familiar with Microsoft Windows and you have completed the "Getting started with Microsoft Project" course or have equivalent experience

                         Contents

Unit 1: Using templates and importing data
Topic A: Working with templates
Topic B: Creating projects from other programs
Unit summary: Using templates and importing data

Unit 2: Managing a project
Topic A: Setting baselines
Topic B: Updating an active project
Topic C: Monitoring progress
Unit summary: Managing a project

Unit 3: Analyzing and adjusting the plan
Topic A: Analyzing the plan
Topic B: Delays and conflicts
Topic C: Team Planner view
Unit summary: Analyzing and adjusting the plan

Unit 4: Working with reports
Topic A: Standard reports
Topic B: Visual reports

Unit 5: Customizing Project
Topic A: Custom views
Topic B: Macros
Topic C: Gantt chart formatting
Topic D: Custom fields

Unit 6: Managing multiple projects
Topic A: Consolidating and sharing projects
Topic B: Sharing resources among projects

Unit 7: Exchanging project information
Topic A: Collaboration
Topic B: Hyperlinks
Topic C: Exporting to Office applications

Microsoft Certified Instructors

Brian L Hall

Principal Project Manager for Boeing Communications System at Commercial Airplanes
Brian Hall Project Manager at Fujitsu Consulting working as far as 9 years as a consultant at The Boeing Company.

Microsoft Project Certified Professional and Instructor

Brian Panariello

Senior Technology Manager at Wellpoint
Brian Panariello Manage delivery of information systems and software, networking, server engineering, information security and application development activities for Commercial and Consumer Sales and Marketing systems. Oversee information systems function for a site, system, or special initiative including quality assurance/quality control. Evaluate all directives, change orders, and projects as to their impact on tactical plans, budgets, contract compliance and vendor negotiations. Provide technical thought leadership, oversight and implementation of new subsystems, procedures and techniques lower operational costs.

Microsoft Project Certified Professional and Instructor

Sergio DaCosta

Systems Technical Architect and Administrator at Mojave Desert Consulting
Sergio DaCosta IT Professional with more than 3 years in project management in the steel manufacturing industry in Brazil; 8 years in project implementation in the US, and abroad; 2 years in Account Management at Siebel Systems, and 7 years as Principal Infrastructure/Technical Architect at Siebel/Oracle. Currently works as a consultant at The Boeing Company supporting three major deployments of Siebel; servicing the Boeing Communications Systems, Boeing Operations and Boeing MyOPS and Boeing Leadership and Talent Management.

Microsoft Project Certified Professional and Instructor

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