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 Microsoft Project training 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 Microsoft Project training course offered?


This 2-day Microsoft Project training is 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/Seattle, WA, (which also serves Kirkland, 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, and online using live instructors.


How does it work for live online Microsoft Project training?


Students log into two web conferencing platforms using either two screens and/or two devices (e.g. PC and phone).  This allows the instructor to see the students’ screens as they work in MS Project, and the students to see both the live instructor and the presentation while working in Microsoft Project.  Hard-copy manuals and texts are sent to you ahead of time.


Course Objectives


Day One


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

  • Enter tasks and create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to capture the scope of your project
  • Work with project calendars
  • Link tasks together to create a network diagram that dynamically updates
  • Utilize the Timeline view to summarize your schedule
  • Use notes and hyperlinks to annotate your data
  • Save a baseline and enter project progress info
  • Utilize constraints and deadlines
  • Format your data and print useful reports that highlight the important information
  • Avoid the frustration of many novice users


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 if you take the course in one of our classrooms.
  • Prerequisites:  None, however we recommend you take Introduction to Project Management, or equivalent, to maximize the value of this course.


Course Content


  • Project management refresher
  • Moving around and viewing data
  • Creating a project
  • Project calendars
  • Scheduling modes
  • Creating tasks
  • Entering durations
  • Modeling your Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Creating your Network Diagram
  • Adding notes and hyperlinks
  • Formatting and printing
  • The Timeline view
  • Saving a baseline
  • Entering basic progress information
  • Fine tuning task relationships
  • 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. 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. Andrew C

    An excellent programme.

  3. Darren E

    Very well organized and great content!

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