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Private - Effective Scheduling Using Microsoft® Project (2 Days)
About course

This course on Effective Scheduling Techniques Using Microsoft Project is specifically designed for project managers and project team members with basic skills looking to improve their project schedules.  This course covers advanced scheduling techniques and procedures and is designed for people who have a good understanding of project management concepts and who know how to use Microsoft Project as a tool to create and manage project plans.  Those attending this class should have taken a two-day introduction to Microsoft Project course or should have equivalent knowledge and experience.

Who should attend

This course will benefit project managers, project team members and any other individuals who are interested in improving their project schedules.

Course features

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Utilize best practices on their schedules
  • Describe and prepare different types of schedules
  • Check their schedule logic
  • Fine tune resource assignments on projects
  • Progress a schedule
  • Keep a project on track by troubleshooting time, cost, resource and scope issues
Course outline

Scheduling Basics Review

  • Task relationships and use of lead-lag
  • Critical path method (forward-backward pass)
  • Total and Free Float 
  • Viewing the entire Gantt Chart
  • Viewing the Critical Path and Float 


Tips for Working with MS Project

  • Using different task types 
  • Effort driven scheduling –when should it be used
  • Use of PERT analysis for calculation of durations
  • Use of constraints and deadlines
  • Interrupting work on a task
  • Setting up reoccurring tasks


Scheduling Best Practices

  • Using project start and complete milestones
  • Using the Project Summary
  • Task nomenclature (deliverable, activities and tasks)
  • Using an initial scope column


Schedule Examples

  • Preparing a Milestone Schedule
  • Establishing the Project Baseline
  • Using version control
  • Linking schedules for an integrated Project Plan


Checking Schedule Logic

  • Checking a schedule using the Gantt view
  • Checking the network diagram view
  • Customizing the network diagram box style
  • Checking and correcting resource over-allocations


Fine Tuning Resource Assignment Details

  • Resource availability guidelines
  • Creating a resource pool
  • Setting up resource availability
  • Delaying the start of assignments
  • Applying contours to assignments


Entering Actual Values and Checking Progress

  • Entering actual values for tasks
  • Checking project health
  • Using Earned Value 
  • Viewing Earned Value schedule indicators


Keeping Your Project on Track

  • Fast Tracking
  • Crashing
  • Troubleshooting problems
Course information
Duration: 14 hours
Earn: 14 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses the Time Management knowledge area of the Project Management Institute® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge(PMBOK® Guide).