Managing projects with Microsoft Project and Project Pro for Office 365

Project schedules are at the heart of project management. Being able to properly leverage Microsoft Project is essential to the quality of the information collected, the ability to assess risks and issues, and analyze project lifecycles. Open yourself up to the capabilities of the #1 scheduling tool, Microsoft Project. Whether you have experience with Project or you are brand new user, you will leave with more confidence to better manipulate this powerful solution.

Course Topics Include:

  • Initiating Projects with Microsoft Project
  • Project Task, Resource and Assignment Planning
  • Preparing for Project Execution
  • Tracking Project Progress
  • Project Reporting
  • Project Closure
  • Project Task, Resource and Assignment Planning


"It was different from other courses as the instructor provided valuable context for the lessons and walked through the logical progression of using MS Project for projects. There were numerous takeaways which I will be able to apply right away at work. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is wanting to learn more about how to use MS Project to become a more effective and efficient project manager."

V. Adams, World Vision


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Upcoming Public Classes

December 10 - 11 (9:00 - 5:00 CST )
February 11 - 12 (9:00 - 5:00 CST )
April 18 - 19 (9:00 - 5:00 CST )

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This in-depth, hands-on, instructor-led course provides the Project Manager, Planner, or Scheduler with the skills needed to create and manage projects using Microsoft Project while following a leading practice scheduling process.

Each student will follow the instructor and complete hands-on exercises on their own computer workstation that is pre-loaded with the Microsoft Office application suite and Microsoft Project. Each student will create and manage projects with Microsoft Project and follow the same steps that they would follow if they were creating and managing live projects.

Course Number: EPMA-100

Course Duration: Two (2) days

Student Roles: Project and Program Managers, Project and Program Planners, Project and Program Schedulers


Introduction to Microsoft Project

Review Microsoft Project's main features and terminology; review how Microsoft Project facilitates the management of a project; review how Microsoft Project is used as part of a recommended project scheduling process.

Using the Microsoft Project Interface

Learn how to navigate the Microsoft Project interface; learn how to use the Backstage, the Quick Access Tool bar, and the Ribbon interface; learn how to interpret and manipulate a Gantt Chart.

Working with Project Tasks, Resources, and Assignments

Learn how to view and manipulate task, resource, and assignment data in a project using Views, Tables, Filters, and Groups; review the project data and meta-data model.

Initiating a Project

Learn how to create a new project schedule by starting with a blank project; learn how to create a new project schedule by using a project schedule template; learn how to define the summary information for a project such as its start date, working calendar, and other scheduling options.

Planning Project Tasks

Learn how to use manually-scheduled and auto-scheduled tasks in a project schedule; learn how to add, remove, and organize tasks and milestones with a Work Breakdown Structure; learn how to sequence tasks and milestones with dependencies; learn how to apply timing and work effort estimates to tasks; learn how to apply scheduling constraints, deadlines, and calendars to tasks.

Planning Project Resources and Assignments

Review the types of resources available in Microsoft Project; learn how to create and configure Work, Material, and Generic resources for a project; review the variables that affect resource assignments in a project schedule; learn how to assign Work and Material resources to tasks in a project schedule.

Resolving Scheduling Issues and Base-lining a Project

Learn how to identify and analyze various scheduling issues in a project schedule; learn how to identify and analyze critical tasks, task paths, and missed deadlines in a project schedule; learn how to identify and deal with resource over allocations in a project schedule; review project base lining and learn how to save a baseline.

Tracking Project Progress

Review the methods of tracking task progress in a project schedule; learn how to track progress using percent complete, actual work and remaining work, and actual daily work hours; learn how to indicate a completed milestone in a project schedule.

Closing the Project Update Cycle

Learn how to cancel unnecessary tasks in a project schedule; learn how to reschedule uncompleted work in a project schedule; learn how to apply a change control process with task formatting and notes; learn how to set the status date for a project.

Measuring Project Performance and Reporting

Review project date variances and learn how to identify and analyze them for schedule performance; learn how to re-baseline a project schedule; learn how to display, hide, and configure the Time-line view; learn how to copy data from Microsoft Project to other programs; learn how to use Visual Reports for analyzing numeric work and cost data; learn how to view, create, and manipulate dashboard reports.

Working with PWA Status Reports

Learn how to request that project team members complete and submit a periodic PWA Status Report; learn how to respond to a PWA Status Report request; learn how to view PWA Status Report responses submitted by project team members.

Other Day-to-Day Administrative Functions

Learn how to change the ownership of an enterprise project; learn how to forcefully check in a locked project via the PWA Project Center; learn how to manage personal e-mail notifications sent by Microsoft PPM; learn how to temporarily delegate your system responsibilities to a co-worker.


EPMA instructors are certified in Microsoft Project and Microsoft Project Server, and have several years of practical hands-on experience deploying multiple versions of Microsoft Project, Microsoft Project Server, and Project Online in organizations of varying types and sizes. This breadth and depth of experience allows them to teach the mechanics of the tools, as well as share many practical tips, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.


EPMA Training and Solution Center

The training and solution center is located at 4615 Southwest Freeway Houston, Texas, and it is conveniently located minutes away from a wide variety of hotels, dining, shopping, and entertainment. The facility is located 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and it is accessible by air through two Houston-area airports.

When delivered as a public, open enrollment training course, there typically are students from various companies and industries in the same class. Because of this diversity, class discussions often include a wide variety of comments, questions, and student experiences to supplement the standard material covered in the course.

Live Virtual

When delivered as a live virtual training course, students may attend from their office or home over the Internet, but have many of the same benefits as attending in-person. This combines the quality of live, handson learning with the flexibility and convenience of remote attendance.

On Site

When delivered as an on-site training course, students may choose to have organization-specific discussions around how they should use the tool from a functional and process perspective (time permitting).

After coordinating on-site training schedules and logistics, an EPMA instructor travels to the training facility of your choice to deliver the training course for your personnel. Students are expected to supply their own computer equipment and Internet connectivity as necessary.

Please contact EPMA at or 888.444.EPMA for more details, as well as pricing for groups.


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