LAN Selection for Geo-Habitus Geo-Habitus is a company that sells kits used to build vacation…
LAN Selection for Geo-Habitus
Geo-Habitus is a company that sells kits used to build vacation cabins shaped like geodesic domes. The company has identified a need for a local area network (LAN) to facilitate communication among workers and permit collaboration on tasks. Bridgette Petrang, the technology supervisor at Geo-Habitus, has asked you to develop a project plan with Microsoft Project. For this project, you can use Microsoft Project 2013 or Project 2010. To learn the basic features of project management software, you will input the tasks for a LAN acquisition project at Geo-Habitus, shown in the outline below. The goal of the project is to select a new LAN for the company
First, learn about the basic features of Microsoft Project with your choice of these online resources:
· A 30-45 minute Microsoft Project tutorial course can be found online at office.microsoft. com/en-us/project-help/getting-started-with-project-2010-RZ101831071.aspx. The online tutorial course, which applies to either Project 2013 or Project 2010, covers these Microsoft Project tasks:
· Create a new project
· Add tasks to a project
· Add links between tasks in a project
· Create an outline for tasks in a project
· A video from a Webinar: “Get Started with Project” that is specific to Project 2013 is available at blogs.office.com/b/project/archive/2013/06/17/office-15-minutewebinar-get-started-with-project.aspx.
· An online tutorial, “The Project Management Road Map,” includes links to tutorials and videos on several aspects of managing a project and on using Microsoft Project 2013 (office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/the-project-management-road-map-HA102910750. aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA102891709).
· A quick reference guide is a useful tool to remind you of basic Project features; you can download guides to print out at the following sites:
· Project 2013 (office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/project-2013-quick-start-guideHA103673696.aspx)
· Project 2010 (office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/project-management-quickreference-guide-for-project-2010-HA010377305.aspx
After becoming familiar with some of the basic features of Microsoft Project, install the trial version of Microsoft Project 2013 using the guidelines in the appendix at the end of this chapter. If you already have access to a version of Microsoft Project where you work or attend classes, you can skip the appendix. Start Microsoft Project and then enter the project planning steps for the Geo-Habitus LAN selection project above. As you work in Project, remember that it is part of the Microsoft Office suite. Many menu commands and icons in Project have the same functions as in other Office programs, including the Undo icon on the Quick Access Toolbar. Your task is to learn enough about Microsoft Project to prepare a Gantt chart similar to the ones illustrated in the chapter. Save your work often, as you would with any new software tool. Experiment with the other features of Project if you would like, but keep focused on the objective to prepare a project plan so the management at Geo-Habitus can understand the project timeline.