Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project

About Course

Microsoft Project (MSP) is one of the extensive tool used by project managers to prepare project schedule, track project work, optimize resources and report project progress on day to day basis. Generally every 2-3 years Microsoft change this product and adds some new feature, modify look and feel, extends some existing features etc. By 2016 four majorly used versions of this product in market are MSP 2007, MSP 2010, MSP2013, MSP2016. Depending upon licensing and cost involved organization uses these various versions. Core of all the versions is same, except some advance reporting, view and analysis functionalities in newer versions. This course helps you understanding how to use MSP for your project’s planning.

I am extensive user of MSP since 1998. Conducted many dozens of training on MSP 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016. General content outline is as below but based on the organizational need and experience of audience it can be customized. Duration of the training depends upon the experience level of audience and organization need.

Why this Course

Project scheduling is core of project planning. When project size is large or involves multiple teams or various type of resources or many external dependencies in that case it is extremely difficult to manage resources, schedule activities, define dependencies and change dependencies on paper or excel sheet and manage any project successfully. In this situation you need a reliable tool which can do all the calculation and schedule resources, optimize resources, automatically change related dependent activities with minimum inputs from project managers.

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • PART 1: Project & Project Management: Including setting project with project calendar
  • PART 2: Introduction to Microsoft Project (MSP) Interfaces
  • PART 3: Activity Attributes & Dependencies: Including WBS, WBS Dictionary, task identification, task dependencies, constraints, deadlines etc
  • PART 4: Skills Estimation (Basic): Including resource types, skill types and assignment etc

Day 2:

  • PART 5: Cost Estimates (Advance): Including EVM Concepts, resource rate tables, resource calendar, contingency buffer etc
  • PART 6: Duration Estimation & Schedule Development: Including different duration estimates techniques, CPM, Resource Levelling, Lead, Lag, Baseline cost/schedule, what if scenario analysis etc
  • PART 7: Tables & View (Basic): Introduction to tables, views, team planner etc.
  • PART 8: Tracking Project Activities & Resources: Including task progress update, actual hours/material/money spending update, resource update etc
  • PART 9: Monitoring & Controlling: Including comparing variance against their goal, raising change request etc.
  • PART 10: Communication (Advance): Determine communication need (metrics), customize fields for resource and task, view, tables, visual reports, tabular reports, filters, snapshot etc.

Days 3:

  • PART 11: MSP For Experts (Special Features): Including task split, task drivers, recursive task, customizing critical path formatting etc
  • PART 12 : MSP for Experts (Customization): Including customization of timescale, view, filter, tables, reports etc.
  • PART 13 : MSP for Experts(Powerful Features): Including subprojects, resource pool, critical path analysis, adjusting assignments, CCM, Resource availability, resource budgeting, Macros
  • PART 14: Best Practices for MSP Users: Explaining 25+ best practices for making and maintaining a project schedule and baseline
  • PART 15: Agile Project Management using MSP


3 Days

Course Takeaway

  • 24 PDU Certificate, which can be used by PMP, PgMP credential holders to renew their certificate.
  • Understanding different elements and concepts of scheduling
  • Understanding how to prepare project schedule independently
  • Understanding  how to track project on day to day basis
  • Understanding how to baseline project and prepare reports using baseline and actual progress data
  • Understanding how to analyze schedule from different perspective
  • Understanding how to level resources
  • Understanding how to work with master plan
  • Understanding how to work with pooled resources
  • Understanding how to manage material, cost and work resources of any project
  • 20+ Scheduling best practices

Delivery Method

  • Concept Explanation
  • Demo on trainer’s machine
  • Student practice
  • Independent and Group Exercises
  • Q&A Sessions
  • Quizzes