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Introduction to Microsoft Project

365 | 2019 | 2016
1 Day, 9:00-4:00

Course Overview

This instructor-led, hands-on course is designed for users who have an understanding of project management concepts, who are responsible for creating and modifying project plans, and who need a tool (Microsoft Project) to manage those project plans more efficiently. This course is intended for beginner or self‐taught users of Microsoft Project.

Course Objectives

  • Create a new project plan and build task list
  • Organize tasks in a work breakdown structure and set task relationships
  • Setup and assign resources to tasks
  • Use and customize Gantt View
  • Set the plan baseline and begin tracking progress

Course Outline

Getting Started with Microsoft Project

  • Explore the Project User Interface
  • The Start Screen
  • Methods for Creating New Projects
  • Save a Project
  • Manage Files and Set Options in Backstage View
  • Create a New Plan as a Blank Project
  • Create a New Plan Based on Another Plan or Template
  • Work with Schedule Details
  • Gantt Chart and Timeline View
  • View Reports

Starting a New Project Plan

  • Create a New Plan and Set the Start Date
  • Project Start and Finish Dates
  • Current Date
  • Base Calendars
  • Set Nonworking Days in the Project Calendar
  • Set Specific Dates as Nonworking
  • Set up Recurring Nonworking Times and Custom Work Weeks
  • Enter Project Properties

Building a Task List

  • Create Tasks
  • Insert and Delete Tasks within a Task List
  • Enter Task Durations and Milestones
  • Create Summary Tasks
  • Link Tasks to Create Dependencies
  • Task Relationships
  • Work with Manual and Automatic Scheduling
  • Document Task Information
  • Add a Note to a Task
  • Add a Hyperlink to a Task

Setting Up Resources

  • Set up Work Resources
  • Enter the Maximum Capacity for Work Resources
  • Adjust Working Time in a Resource Calendar
  • Set Up Cost Resources
  • Document Resources by Using Notes

Assigning Resources to Tasks

  • Understand Effort Driven Scheduling
  • Assign Cost Resources to Tasks

Formatting and Sharing the Plan

  • Customize the Gantt View
  • Add Tasks to Timeline View
  • Copy Views and Reports

Tracking Progress

  • Save a Baseline
  • Enter Task Completion Percentage



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Private group courses are cost effective when you have a group of students who need the same course. Pricing is based on the maximum number of students anticipated per day per course. Volume discounts of 5% to 20% are available when five or more training days are scheduled. For classes conducted at your office, you are responsible for the classroom setup, including student computers, instructor station, LCD projector, and software installation. For courses conducted at Softek, we take care of classroom setup.


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  • Instructors with 10+ years of experience
  • Detailed training guide
  • Certificate of completion
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