Microsoft Project Best Practices [2 days]

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Microsoft Project Training Best Practices Course


For Microsoft Project training to be effective it needs to be integrated, applied, and enjoyable. By guiding participants through the construction and use of both sample and actual projects (from your workplace), we have found our training to be both productive, and well received. Other courses may show you how to find the product features – our course teaches you how use the features to produce meaningful results.


This 2-day course offering is a combination of our Microsoft Project Best Practices 101 and Microsoft Project Best Practices 102 courses.


Who should take this course?


This course is for anyone who intends to be involved in planning and/or controlling projects using Microsoft Project. (We have courses available for all versions of Microsoft Project.)


Where is this course offered?


This 2-day Microsoft Project training is being provided in Grand Cayman. The same course content is provided as two separate courses on an open-enrollment basis at our Project Management Education Center in Bellevue, WA, (which also serves Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Everett, Federal Way, and Tacoma), as well as at our Project Management Education Center in Tucson, AZ (which also serves the Greater Phoenix area, Oro Valley, and Sierra Vista / Fort Huachuca). We also provide it on an on-site basis anywhere in the world.


Course Objectives


Day One


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Move around in MS Project and view project data
  • Work with project calendars
  • Enter tasks
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Link tasks together to create a network diagram
  • Use notes and hyperlinks
  • Format your data and print useful reports
  • Save a baseline
  • Enter progress information
  • Utilize constraints and deadlines
  • Sort, group, and filter your project data


Day Two


By the end of the day you will be able to:

  • Create work, material, and cost resources
  • Create resource calendars
  • Assign work, material, and cost resources
  • Understand effort-drive scheduling
  • Utilize task types and understand their impact on schedule calculations
  • Create task calendars
  • Assign fixed costs to tasks
  • Set up recurring tasks
  • Analyze over-allocated resources
  • Perform resource leveling – both automatic and manual
  • Utilize advanced reporting features


Course Details


  • Length: 16 hours.
  • Style: This interactive course is built around “Step by Step Microsoft Project” by Carl Chatfield, PMP. The text is accompanied by PowerPoint presentations – participants build projects based on sample data, as well as developing and experimenting with their own project data.
  • Texts: Participants receive a course participant’s manual, course textbook, and sample files.
  • Format: Computer classroom.  We will supply you with a laptop loaded with Microsoft Project 2013.
  • Prerequisites:  None, however we recommend you take Introduction to Project Management, or equivalent, to maximize the value of this course.


Course Content


  • A quick project management refresher
  • Moving around and viewing data
  • Creating a project
  • Entering task information
  • Modeling your Work Breakdown Structure
  • Linking tasks to create your Network Diagram
  • Using automatic scheduling
  • Project calendars
  • Adding notes and hyperlinks
  • Formatting and printing
  • Saving a baseline
  • Entering basic progress information
  • Constraints and deadlines
  • Sorting, grouping and filtering
  • Setting up work resources
  • Creating resource calendars
  • Assigning work resources
  • Work calculations
  • Task types and their affect on schedules
  • Effort-driven scheduling and smart tags
  • Creating and assigning cost resources
  • Task calendars
  • Fixed costs
  • Recurring tasks
  • Material resources
  • Over-allocated resources and resource leveling
  • Advanced reporting
  • Creating a lookup table


Microsoft Project Training Course Outline PDF


Microsoft Project Best Practices 101 and Microsoft Project Best Practices 102 course outlines, suitable for saving or printing.



Additional information


Grand Cayman

Start Date

April 30th, 2020, November 5th, 2020

3 reviews for Microsoft Project Best Practices [2 days]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marlon R:

    Kevin’s instruction was presented in a manner tailored to our real-world environment, making the information easier to grasp. It was easy to follow the handouts simultaneously to the teaching. The programme presentation was 100% relevant to my project environment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew C:

    An excellent programme.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darren E:

    Very well organized and great content!

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