Project Management

MS Project Best Practices Course - 101

Training Specs




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.

Who should take this Microsoft Project Best Practices 101 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 course offered?

The Microsoft Project Best Practices 101 course is offered 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), and other select locations such as Grand Cayman.  We also provide it on an on-site basis anywhere in the world, and online using live instructors.

MS Project Best Practices 101 Course Objectives 

By the end of the course 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



MS Project Best Practices 101 Course Detail 

  • Length: 8 hours.

  • Style: This interactive course uses “Step by Step Microsoft Project” by Carl Chatfield, PMP,  accompanied by Key Consulting PowerPoint presentations.  Participants build projects using sample data, and then develop, and experiment 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.

Microsoft Project Best Practices 101 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

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Advanced Project Management
Application Lifecycle Management
Basic Project Management
Best Practices
Budgeting and Forecasting
Business Analysis
Conflict Management
Consulting Skills
Contracts and Vendor Management
Cultural Change Management
Portfolio Management
Problem Solving
Process Management
Program Management
Project Accounting
Quality Management
Requirements Management
Risk Management
Team Building
Virtual Team Management


Certification: APMC (International Institute for Learning)
Certification: CAPM (Project Management Institute)
Certification: CBAP (International Institute of Business Analysis)
Certification: Certified Project Management Associate (International Project Management Association)
Certification: Certified Project Manager (International Project Management Association)
Certification: Certified Projects Director (International Project Management Association)
Certification: Certified SCRUM Master (The SCRUM Alliance)
Certification: Certified SCRUM Practitioner (The SCRUM Alliance)
Certification: Certified Senior Project Manager (International Project Management Association)
Certification: CPM (Intl. Association of Project & Program Mgmt)
Certification: FAPM (Association for Project Management (UK))
Certification: ITIL Foundation Certification
Certification: ITIL Practitioner Certification
Certification: Lean Six Sigma Certification
Certification: MAPM (Association for Project Management (UK))
Certification: MPM (American Academy of Project Managers)
Certification: PgMP (Project Management Institute)
Certification: PMP (Project Management Institute)
Certification: PRINCE2 Foundation (PRINCE2)
Certification: PRINCE2 Practitioner (PRINCE2)
Certification: ACP (Project Management Institute)
Degree: Associates in Project Management
Degree: Bachelors in Project Management
Degree: Certificate in Project Management
Degree: Masters In Project Management
Skill Development: Defined Skills
Skill Development: Soft Skills
Tool-specific: MS Project
Tool-specific: Other

Delivery Methods

Group at your location
Online Interactive
Scheduled at vendor location

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