Comprehensive Microsoft Project

After attending this course you will be able to…

  • Efficiently manage complex projects of long duration in any industry, government or non-profit organization based on an extensive knowledge of how to use Microsoft Project or Project Pro for Office 365 and an “under-the-hood” understanding of how the software works.
  • Use advanced features within Project to improve the quality of plans and the tracking of project status.
  • Manage multiple projects and the interactions between them using Microsoft Project.

Course Number: 2033-MSP002
Course Length: 3 Days
This Course is Available For: Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Project 2013, Microsoft Project 2016, Project Pro for Office 365
This Course is Available as: On-site training at your location or online. Online sessions are scheduled for groups at agreed-to times.


Course Materials:

All attendees receive a 230- to 375-page Schedule Associates exclusive reference manual developed after years of working with project managers to understand what they would find most helpful in learning how to use the software. The reference manual is specifically designed to be easy to follow along in, to provide quick access to needed information and to provide guidance in using Microsoft Project in planning and managing projects back in the workplace.


Who Would Benefit From Attending:

Experienced project managers as well as those with a basic knowledge of project management who are getting more involved in managing projects with Microsoft Project or Project Pro for Office 365 will benefit from the course.


Course Credits:

Attendees will receive credit for 21 contact hours of project management training good toward PMI®‘s CAPM or PMP® project management certification.

PMP®s will receive 21 PDUs good toward re-certification.


Course Agenda:

Day One

Introductions and Course Objectives
Project Management and Microsoft Project
Getting Oriented in Microsoft Project
Develop a Plan for the Project

Setting Up the Project
Defining Project Scope
Case Study-Defining Project Scope
Sequencing the Work
Case Study-Building a Network Diagram

Day Two

Day One Review

Building the Team of Resources
Assigning Resources to Tasks
Tailoring Schedule Calculations to Fit the Work Environment
Entering Fixed Costs
Case Study–Assigning Resources

 Optimize the Plan

Understanding the Project Plan
Improving the Schedule
Incorporating Risk Management into the Plan
Optimizing the Use of Resources
Establishing the Baseline
Case Study-Evaluating & Optimizing the Schedule

Communicating the Plan to Others

Day Three

Day Two Review
Execute the Plan

Preparing to Track Progress
Entering Actuals
Revising the Plan
Evaluating Project Status

Managing Multiple Projects
Case Study-Managing Outsourced Components of the Project
Conducting What-if Analysis
Evaluating Project Status Using Earned Value
Customizing Microsoft Project and its Outputs
Numbering the Project Tasks
Creating and Using Project Templates


Course Format:

A mix of demonstrations in Microsoft Project, explanation of concepts on flip charts or whiteboards, hands-on exercises in the software to confirm understanding, and realistic case studies performed in Microsoft Project to combine project management concepts with the use of the software.



Some familiarity with project management concepts is assumed. If you’re not familiar with project management principles, we recommend scheduling a session of Project Management Principles and Practices or Project Management for Non-Project Managers prior to taking this course.

Attendees should also be familiar with how to navigate around Microsoft Windows applications prior to class.


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