Mastering Microsoft Project

Mastering Microsoft Project 2013 (MS Project): Expert guidance for gaining the most from MS Project

Learning Objectives:
Participants learn how to:

  1. Navigate MS Project quickly.
  2. Communicate the MS project plan clearly and effectively.
  3. Develop realistic schedules in MS Project
  4. Correctly track the progress of effort, cost, and schedule.
  5. Model dependencies within and among projects.
  6. Use summary tasks to get accurate, high level views of the project.
  7. “Level” resources within and among projects.
  8. Analyze and apply resource and project calendars correctly.
  9. Integrate information from multiple projects.

Course Description:
Master the new release of Microsoft Project and earn the 74-343 certification. This Microsoft Project 2013 public training course takes you step-by-step through the features and concepts you’ll need to plan and manage projects effectively with Microsoft Project 2013. Instructors integrate the discipline of Principles of Project Management with a deep understanding of Project 2013.

Your instructor will be a Microsoft certified product expert. Their knowledge is a result of exhaustive exploration of new features as well as hands-on experience using the tool to manage projects. These same instructors teach our Principles of Project Management courses – providing you a unique combination of software and professional knowledge.


  • Understand the discipline of project management as it applies to using Project
  • Leverage the new the Ribbon to navigate the application
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Identify Task Relationships
  • Define Resources within Project
  • Make Work Package Estimates
  • Create an Initial Schedule
  • Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
  • Capture actual performance data
  • Format Output and Print Reports
  • Create new projects in SharePoint and Excel
  • Set up a Project with a Calendar, Start date, and scheduling method
  • Understand Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule modes
  • Set project baselines and use them to measure progress
  • Integrate Multiple Projects
  • Use the exam specifications that will guide your preparation for the 74-343 exam

Target Audience:
Designed for the beginner or intermediate user that needs to manage projects and pass the 74-343 exam. This course is officially endorsed by Microsoft.

Course Cost:

Three days 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dates / Location:
Programs are held in Seattle, Washington or online
Directions will be sent with your confirmation

  • March 20-22, 2017
  • June 12-14, 2017
  • September 18-20, 2017

Course Outline

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project
The value of project management software! How does Project integrate with the project management discipline? The best strategies for navigating the application using the new Ribbon. Includes introduction of features that are new in Project 2010.

Lesson 2 – A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project
Get the big picture on using Project to plan and manage a project. See the high-level process that will be the basis for the remainder of the course.

Lesson 3 – Setting Up a New Project Start a project off right.
Open it from Excel or SharePoint or create a new project within Project. Establish a calendar and set the basic parameters for the scheduling engine.

Lesson 4 – Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
A major new feature in Project 2010! Understand how to turn off Project’s scheduling engine and when to do it.

Lesson 5 – Building a work breakdown structure (WBS)
What is a WBS? Get a grip on tasks, summary tasks and milestones. Know the difference between WBS numbering and outline numbering. Guidelines for a better WBS.

Lesson 6 – Establish task relationships
Introducing task dependencies and network diagrams. What are lag, lead and delay? Format the network diagram.

Lesson 7 – Defining Resources within Project
Resources accomplish the work on projects. Know the different resource types and how to establish their characteristics.

Lesson 8 -Making Work Package Estimates
Create duration estimates and effort driven schedules. Use effort and task types to control Project’s scheduling engine.

Lesson 9 – Creating an Initial Schedule
Use critical path analysis to create a schedule. Understand scheduling constraints. “Crash” a schedule.

Lesson 10 – Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
Balance the available people and other resources with the need for speed on your project. Realistic schedules have realistic expectations about resource availability.

Lesson 11 – Managing the Project
Capture plan vs. actual information to identify performance problems and communicate project progress. Use a project baseline to find variance. How to split tasks and reschedule work.

Lesson 12 – Formatting output and printing Reports
Communicate effectively. Format the immense amount of information in Project into meaningful reports.

Lesson 13 – Managing Multiple Projects
Combine many smaller projects together to see multi-project views of resource use or coordinate among projects.

Lesson 14 – Advanced Topics
Powerful, useful, and rarely used features to take you to the next level of effectiveness.

Lesson 15 – Exam Study Tips
Know what to study and what to expect on the exam.

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Crystal Dynamics

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Learning and Development


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Director of Training and Organizational Development


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VP Field Operations


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