Managing Projects With Microsoft Project 2010-2016

Designed for the beginner or intermediate user that needs to manage projects and efficiently use Microsoft Project.

Private classes Online or On-Site

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Online: 15 hours | Conducted over three 5-hour sessions.  On-Site: 15 hours | 2 days

Course Description

Use Microsoft Project to Plan and Manage a project! This course takes you step-by-step through the features and concepts you’ll need to plan and manage projects effectively with Microsoft Project. Versatile integrates the discipline of project management with a deep understanding of Project.

Your instructor is a Microsoft certified product expert. His knowledge is a result of exhaustive exploration of new features as well as hands-on experience using the tool to manage projects. These same instructors teach our project management discipline courses – providing you the unique combination of software and professional knowledge that enable you to make Microsoft Project work for you.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the discipline of project management as it applies to using Project.
  • Leverage the new the Ribbon to navigate the application
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Identify Task Relationships
  • Define Resources within Project
  • Make Work Package Estimates
  • Create an Initial Schedule
  • Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
  • Capture actual performance data
  • Format Output and Print Reports
  • Create new projects in SharePoint and Excel
  • Set up a Project with a Calendar, Start date, and scheduling method
  • Understand Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule modes
  • Set project baselines and use them to measure progress
  • Integrate Multiple Projects


Beginner and intermediate users of Microsoft Project that need to plan and manage a project using Microsoft Project.

Course Outline

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project

The value of project management software! How does Project integrate with the project management discipline? The best strategies for navigating the application using the new Ribbon. Includes introduction of features that are new in Project 2013.
Lesson 2 – A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project
Get the big picture on using Project to plan and manage a project. See the high-level process that will be the basis for the remainder of the course.
Lesson 3 - Setting Up a New Project
Start a project off right. Open it from Excel or SharePoint or create a new project within Project. Establish a calendar and set the basic parameters for the scheduling engine.
Lesson 4 - Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
Understand how to turn off Project’s scheduling engine and when to do it. 
Lesson 5 - Building a work breakdown structure (WBS)
What is a WBS? Get a grip on tasks, summary tasks and milestones. Know the difference between WBS numbering and outline numbering. Guidelines for a better WBS.
Lesson 6 - Establish task relationships
Introducing task dependencies and network diagrams. What are lag, lead and delay? Format the network diagram.
Lesson 7 - Defining Resources within Project
Resources accomplish the work on projects. Know the different resource types and how to establish their characteristics.
Lesson 8 -Making Work Package Estimates 
Create duration estimates and effort driven schedules. Use effort and task types to control Project’s scheduling engine.
Lesson 9 - Creating an Initial Schedule
Use critical path analysis to create a schedule. Understand scheduling constraints.  “Crash” a schedule.
Lesson 10 - Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
Balance the available people and other resources with the need for speed on your project. Realistic schedules have realistic expectations about resource availability.

Lesson 11 - Managing the Project
Capture plan vs actual information to identify performance problems and communicate project progress. Use a project baseline to find variance. How to split tasks and reschedule work.

Lesson 12 - Formatting output and printing Reports
Communicate effectively. Format the immense amount of information in Project into meaningful reports.


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