Want to Learn How to Effectively Use MS Project?

This course provides students with best practices to successfully manage time, tasks, and people by leveraging the capabilities of the #1 scheduling tool, Microsoft Project.  The hands-on learning experience, incorporation of tips and shortcuts, and real-world examples result in immediate value and improved efficiency within the tool.

Proven techniques for using Microsoft Project to build effective project schedules, track and manage actuals, create critical reports, and successfully deliver projects.

Course Topics Include:

  • Learn MS Project best practices, tips and tricks
  • Effectively build project plans
  • Learn advanced scheduling techniques
  • Resolve common scheduling issues
  • Measure project performance and create meaningful reports
  • Taught by Project Management and Microsoft Project experts
  • Real-world use cases of how to use MS Project in your organization

"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



Sept 17 - 18 (9:00 - 5:00 CST )

Oct 19 - 20 (9:00 - 5:00 CST )

Dec 10 - 11 (9:00 - 5:00 CST )



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.

Project and Program Managers, Project and Program Planners, Project and Program Schedulers
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