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Microsoft Project(R) for Project Managers

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Microsoft Project(R) for Project Managers

If you use Microsoft Project(R) to track projects,
this class will propel your efficiencies ten-fold.

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This class meets two consecutive days September 10 & 11, 2024

The purpose of this class is to integrate Project Management best practices with the core functionality of Microsoft Project®.

This course is intended to provide you with hands-on practical exercises that will help you plan the work and work the plan using Microsoft Project®.

Each participant MUST HAVE a working knowledge of Microsoft Project®. 

Each participant will have a laptop provided to them with exercises and examples that will be worked on during the two-day session.

Class size is limited, so register early.

This course will improve your Project Management skills and increase your capability with core Project functions.  Together they provide the necessary and essential skills for you to:

  • Create a project plan
  • Manage tasks, costs, work and resources
  • Display your project plan data in a variety of views
  • Track and manage your project during the execution
  • Generate customized information
  • Produce quality tracking and status information
  • Respond quickly to customer requests and needs
  • Customize your output

Classroom exercises will not only include hands on application of those items listed in the course outline, but will expand into actual real-world applications such as:

  • determine the tasks that require immediate action
  • generate a customized status report
  • determine workloads and assignments
  • analyze the effect of slides, additional resources, or schedule crashing
  • determine your schedule variance and best course of action
  • identify problem areas and run “what-if” scenarios
  • create on-demand customized reports
  • how to sub-categorize your project
  • produce status and health charts for various audiences


Quickly provide answers to customer questions such as:

  • What will be required of my people in the next 15 days?
  • What happens if I move a resource?
  • Which tasks are behind schedule?
  • What is the health of your project?
  • How do you feel about your completion date?
  • How do I find the tasks I need to be working on?


  • Fundamental project management principles
  • MS Project® highlights
  • Definitions
  • Basic configuration/settings

Getting Started

  • The schedule
  • The calendar
  • Fundamental calculations
  • Defaults
  • Planning essentials


  • Modification
  • Filtering
  • Reporting
  • Tables and views
  • Grouping
  • Sorting


Building a schedule

  • The approach
  • Order
  • Tasks
  • Schedule
  • Predecessor/Successors
  • Constraints
  • Networking
  • Sourcing
  • Cost/Budget
  • Evaluation
  • Baseline


Tracking progress

  • Percent complete concepts
  • Actual work
  • Fixed vs. variable
  • Calculating actual
  • Earned value basics
  • Getting the project back on schedule


Reporting status

  • Tables
  • Filters
  • Views
  • Creating reports
  • Customizing reports
  • Schedule and budget health
  • Determining actuals/actions
  • Charting progress


Customizing output

  • Custom fields
  • Custom filters
  • Custom features
  • Macros
  • VBA

“The Microsoft Project® was exactly what I was looking for. I thought Mike Green was very knowledgeable and handled the presentation of the material well.”

Peter Swenson, Product Manager, AgVantis, Overland Park, Kansas


“I never used Project so this course was key for me. The instructor was very knowledgeable and the facility was outstanding.”

Steven Herdler, Project Manager, Pfizer, McPherson, Kansas


“Did a great job explaining all of it and made it really easy to understand. The presentation was not all PowerPoint and more hands on work.”

Oscar Martinez, Assistant Project Manager, Borton, Hutchinson, Kansas


“This program provides fundamental knowledge which you can apply to professionally. This program has also given me confidence to lead my projects well.”

Shaniqua Andrews, PMO Project Manager, Pfizer, McPherson, Kansas

Microsoft Project can be a complicated software package.  If you work with it on a regular basis, this class will increase your ability to produce reports, track progress, and status projects.

Substitutions are free and must be done prior to the start of the class or certificate program.

Cancellations or rescheduling must be received in writing and full refunds will be given up to four business days prior to the start of class.

Any cancellation or reschedule submitted with three or less business days notice is subject to a $35 charge on 1 or 2 day classes and a $75 charge on certificate programs.  

No refunds after the first day of the class or certificate program.

Materials in this class are based on the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide). 

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