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Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project (MSPM)

Practical Skills for Project Executives (2 days)


Master Basic Microsoft Project software in 2 days. Studies have shown that the success rate of projects will increase and the ROI improves when a systematic approach to project management is adopted, especially when projects get more complex and dynamic.

This systematic approach can be facilitated by using a project software tool like Microsoft Project which can help to manage projects effectively and efficiently. 

This intensive 2-day hands-on basic course is designed to equip project practitioners with essential skills of effectively utilizing project management software in a day-to-day business environment. Highly practical Step-by-Step exercises related to actual business applications will help to reinforce concepts and features covered.  


Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training, the participants will be able to:

  • Gain an overview of Project Management with emphasis on project planning, scheduling & monitoring
  • Attain a basic understanding of Microsoft Project software application and its tools and techniques.
  • Apply Microsoft Project to increase efficiency and productivity in managing projects.
  • Master the fundamentals of developing and scheduling a project plan, creating tasks, assigning resources, set baseline, Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams,  analyze critical paths, creating reports, tracking & monitoring progress, and more.
  • Analyze Critical Path, Crash and Fast-track project duration

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Overview of Project Management

  • Introduction and Basic concepts of Project Management
  • Project Life Cycle Phases
  • 7-Step Methodology
  • Project Planning, Work Breakdown Structure, Project Scheduling techniques
  • Cost and time estimation, Project Budget
  • Gantt Chart, Network Diagrams, Critical Path Analysis, PERT Analysis
  • Compression techniques
  • Monitoring and Controlling project

Lesson 2: A Guided Tour of Microsoft Project

  • Introducing Project
  • The Backstage: Managing Files and Setting Options
  • The Ribbon and Tabs: Finding the Features You Want
  • Views: Working with Schedule Details the Way You Want

Lesson 3: Creating a Task List

  • Creating a New Project Plan
  • Entering Task Names
  • Entering Durations
  • Entering a Milestone
  • Organizing Tasks into Phases
  • Linking Tasks
  • Switching Task Scheduling from Manual to Automatic
  • Setting Nonworking Days
  • Checking the Plan’s Duration
  • Documenting Tasks and the Project Plan

Lesson 4: Setting Up Resources

  • Setting Up Work Resources
  • Entering Resource Capacity
  • Entering Resource Pay Rates
  • Adjusting Working Time for Individual Resources
  • Setting Up Cost Resources
  • Documenting Resources

Lesson 5: Assigning Resources to Tasks

  • Assigning Work Resources to Tasks
  • Controlling Work When Adding or Removing Resource Assignments
  • Assigning Cost Resources to Tasks

Lesson 6: Formatting and Sharing Your Plan

  • Customizing the Gantt Chart View
  • Customizing the Timeline View
  • Drawing on a Gantt Chart
  • Copying Views
  • Printing Views
  • Customizing and Printing Reports

Lesson 7: Tracking Progress on Tasks and Assignments

  • Saving a Project Baseline
  • Tracking a Project as Scheduled
  • Entering a Task’s Completion Percentage
  • Tracking Actual and Remaining Values for Tasks and Assignments
  • Tracking Time-phased Actual Work for Tasks and Assignments

Lesson 8: Fine-Tuning Task Details

  • Adjusting Task Relationships
  • Setting Task Constraints
  • Interrupting Work on a Task
  • Adjusting Working Time for Individual Tasks
  • Entering Deadline Dates
  • Entering Fixed Costs
  • Setting Up a Recurring Task
  • Viewing the Project’s Critical Path

Lesson 9: Fine-Tuning Resource Details

  • Setting Up Resource Availability to Apply at Different Times
  • Entering Multiple Pay Rates for a Resource
  • Setting Up Pay Rates to Apply at Different Times
  • Setting Up Material Resources

Lesson 10: Fine-Tuning Assignment Details

  • Delaying the Start of Assignments
  • Applying Different Cost Rates to Assignments
  • Assigning Material Resources to Tasks
  • Viewing Resource Capacity

Lesson 11: Fine-Tuning the Project Plan

  • Examining Resource Allocations over Time
  • Resolving Resource Over Allocations Manually
  • Leveling Over Allocated Resources
  • Checking the Project’s Cost and Finish Date

Lesson 12: Viewing and Reporting Project Status

  • Identifying Tasks that Have Slipped
  • Examining Task Costs
  • Examining Resource Costs
  • Reporting Project Cost Variance with a Stoplight View

Lesson 13: Getting Your Project Back on Track

  • Troubleshooting Time and Schedule Problems
  • Troubleshooting Cost and Resource Problems
  • Troubleshooting Scope-of-Work Problems

Lesson 14: Sharing Project Information with Other Programs

  • Copying and Pasting with Project
  • Opening and Saving Other File Formats
  • Generating a Project Summary Report for Word, PowerPoint
  • Generating Visual Reports with Excel and Visio

Lesson 15: Assessment/Test

  • Participants will be provided with a selected project outline for them to create, develop and schedule a project plan, using the knowledge they have learned.


Who Should Attend:

Any personnel responsible for conceptualizing, defining, planning, implementing, monitoring and/or closing-out projects in any environment.



a. Basic knowledge of Windows is required with the ability to maneuver with the mouse

b. The following resources are required to facilitate the training:

  • Every PC is installed with minimum Microsoft Windows XP or later and minimum 64 MB RAM, and 500 MB of hard disk.
  • Microsoft Press Step-by-Step training manual and Practice Files
  • Microsoft Project Software (Standard or Professional)



This instructor-led training will be conducted using class-room lectures, Microsoft Project courseware, audio-video aids, PCs, and practical exercises. Participants will be provided with training notes and a copy of Microsoft Project Step-by-Step tutorial manual.

Participants will be assessed in the final training session on their ability to use the tool to create a project plan on their own.


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