Microsoft Project—Practical Project Use Workshop


Do you find working with the tool of Microsoft Project frustrating?


Are you forever reworking your schedule and spending more time in the tool than is worth it?


Frustrated with the inability to get meaningful data and reports out of Microsoft Project?


Microsoft Project, as a tool, is intended to support and enable the activities of project management and free project managers from the grind of manually calculating schedules and resources. Unfortunately, its power gets lost in the confusion of how to use it effectively.


Most Microsoft Project classes teach the features and functions of the tool but lack the purpose and practice that makes it real. This workshop is designed to teach the key 20% of the tool that gets used 80% of the time.


The workshop uses a Microsoft Project add-in (ProcessBridge™) that guides the student through the process of setting up a project and tracking it through the entire project life cycle.  The value of the tool and the high usage key features become the foundation for exploring the intricacies of the tool independently and as needed for each students specific needs. The add-in software works with Project 98 through Project 2007, and is yours to take home.


Topics covered

· Setting up the environment in Project (properties, calendars, formatting)

· Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

· Estimating tasks

· Creating task dependencies

· Defining, assigning and leveling resources

· Baselining the project

· Tracking the project

· Assessing performance and project statistics

· Modifying the plan and schedule

· Monitoring Key Performance Indicators

What you will learn

· How to set up a project in Microsoft Project

· How to create effective project plans and schedules

· How to identify task predecessors and successors, set task logic and analyze critical path

· How to reduce project rework

· How to establish a resource pool and assign resources to tasks

· How to update, track and analyze project progress by effort and duration

· How to report on meaningful project statistics

Who should attend                                                         

This workshop is for anyone who uses or will be using the tool of Microsoft Project to help them plan, track and monitor projects, and wants to minimize the time spent on the tool and maximize the value of the tool. No prior experience with Microsoft Project is required, but some basic familiarity with it is advantageous and will enhance the learning experience.


This class is available publically through New Horizons of MN or can be customized to meet your needs. If you would like more information, please call or contact me at