Course length

2 days

Why come on this course?

On this course you will learn how to use Microsoft Project 2016 to help you manage your projects - gather information about the various tasks involved, the resources required to accomplish the tasks, and the overall cost in order to plan a project. You will create and modify a project plan, set a baseline, track project actuals and report against the plan.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for people who have an understanding of project management concepts, who are responsible for creating and modifying project plans, and who needs a tool to manage these project plans.


  • An understanding of project management concepts
  • Knowledge of a Windows operating system

What will I learn?

You will learn how to:

  • Identify the components of the Microsoft Project environment
  • Use views to work with a project plan
  • Create a new project plan
  • Create the project schedule
  • Manage resources in a project plan
  • Finalise a project plan
  • Track progress
  • View and report project plan information

Course contents

Getting Started with Microsoft Project

  • Introduction to Microsoft Project 2016
  • Exploring the Microsoft Project 2016 Environment
  • Displaying an Existing Project Plan in Different Views

Creating a Project Plan

  • Creating a New Microsoft Project Plan
  • Setting Project Working Time
  • Project Information
  • Creating Summary Stages or Phases
  • Editing the Task List
  • Defining the Activity List
  • Creating and Applying Task Calendars
  • Creating the Work Breakdown Structure

Creating the Project Schedule

  • Task Durations
  • Defining Milestones
  • Manual Scheduling and Finish to Start Relationships
  • Automatic Scheduling
  • Task Relationships
  • Adding Stages to the Timeline
  • Identifying the Critical Path
  • Working with Constraints and Deadlines
  • Recurring Activities
  • Adding Notes to a Task
  • Referencing Other Files in Tasks

Managing Resources in a Project Plan

  • Resource Types
  • Working with Resource Calendars and Availability
  • Adding Resource Costs
  • Assigning Resources to Tasks
  • Effort-Driven Scheduling
  • Resolving Resource Overallocation
  • Splitting Activities

Introduction to Project Tracking

  • Setting a Project Baseline
  • Entering Actuals
  • Viewing Progress in a Project Plan

Viewing and Reporting Project Detail

  • Filter, Group and Highlight Project Information
  • Printing Views
  • Using Standard Reports in Microsoft Project
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