A Realistic Schedule is Based on a Realistic Resource Plan
Every project schedule is a collection of tasks with some type of resource assigned. Whether those project resources are people, equipment, or materials, we have expectations about how much of the resource is required to get the task accomplished.
Erik van Hurck has some excellent suggestions for using Microsoft Project to visualize the people and other resources assigned to your projects. Read it on the Microsoft Project Users Group.
Versatile's Project Management training in Seattle, online, and at your location teaches a step-by-step planning process that tests whether the schedule you've created is actually supported by your resource plan. Of course, our Microsoft Project training details the features you can use to 'avoid the burning man.'
Good Advice is Often Timeless
Eric Uyttewaal has been working with Microsoft Project for years. He has a deep understanding of effective Microsoft Project training. In this Microsoft Project Users Group post he lays out some clear, simple advice.
Versatile's project management training is often the same. Timeless advice that is as true today as it was twenty years ago. Of course project management training for Boeing is different than project management training for Amazon. That's why you want live, instructor led training.
Continuing Education Is Critical for Project Managers
Pamela Nelligan started a conversation about online project management communities. "What's better - the LinkedIn PM Community or ProjectManagement.com?" (ProjectManagement.com is run by PMI.)
Continuing education opportunities were a big positive in the responses. Project management training can take many forms, including recorded webinars and attending PMI Chapter meetings.