Essentials of Microsoft Project

After attending this course you will be able to…

Use the core features of Microsoft Project or Project Pro for Office 365 to manage projects from inception to closeout in any industry, government or non-profit organization.

Course Number: 2033-EMSP02
Course Length: 1 Day
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 180- to 250-page (depending on the version of Microsoft Project being used) 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:

This course is beneficial for those who have never used Microsoft Project or Project Pro for Office 365 as well as those who have used it, but feel they could use and understand it better, yet are unable to dedicate any more than one day to learning the software. This may include project managers, business or systems analysts, resource managers, business/IT liaisons, developers, manufacturing engineers, help desk managers, product managers, scientists, network engineers and technicians, quality assurance personnel, and anyone else given responsibility for planning and managing projects in Microsoft Project.


Course Credits:

Attendees will receive credit for 7 contact hours of project management training good toward PMI®‘s CAPM or PMP® project management certification.

PMP®s will receive 7 PDUs good toward re-certification.


Course Agenda:

Introductions and Course Objectives

Key Concepts in Microsoft Project

Plan the Project

Setting Up the Project
Defining Project Scope
Sequencing the Work
Building the Team of Resources
Assigning Resources to Tasks
Tailoring Schedule Calculations to Fit the Work Environment
Entering Fixed Costs

Finalize the Plan

Understanding the Project Plan
Establishing the Baseline

Communicate the Plan

Communicating the Plan to Others

Execute the Plan

Preparing to Track Progress
Entering Actuals

Evaluating Project Status


Course Format:

A mix of demonstrations in Microsoft Project, explanation of concepts on flip charts or whiteboards and quick exercises in Project. Participants are able to follow along with the facilitator in Microsoft Project or Project Pro for Office 365 on their computers. Due to the short duration of the class there are no case studies.



Some familiarity with project management concepts is assumed. If attendees are unlikely to be familiar with project management principles we recommend booking 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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