Getting Started with Project

Who is this course for?

This hands-on one day course is ideal for you if you are new to Microsoft Project and would like to become familiar with the basic concepts of Microsoft Project or if you are already using Microsoft Project and are self- taught or would like to “fill the gaps”.

What are the benefits

At the end of this course you will be familiar with Microsoft’s Project environment and terminology and be able to create a project plan to accurately predict, plan and manage the timescales.

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Course Duration

1 Day

Course Content

Creating a New Project Plan

  • Explore Microsoft Project’s environment
  • Create a new project plan
  • Assign a project calendar
  • Set the default task style

Defining the Project

  • Set a project start date or end date
  • Customise the base calendar
  • View the project’s properties
  • Save the project

Working with Tasks

  • Add tasks to the plan
  • Manual v auto scheduled tasks
  • Understand effort driven tasks
  • Create sub tasks
  • Reoccurring tasks

The Task List

  • Insert tasks in an existing task list
  • Edit and amend an existing task
  • Copy and delete tasks
  • Reorder tasks

Managing Tasks

  • Estimate and set task durations
  • Add task deadlines and constraints
  • Create milestones
  • Insert task notes

Task Relationships

  • Understand task dependencies
  • Link dependent tasks
  • Define relationships
  • Create split tasks
  • Utilise lead and lag time

Work Breakdown Structures

  • Manage summary tasks
  • Create a task outline
  • Indent and outdent tasks

Tracking the Project

  • Tracking methods and tools
  • Understand the purpose of baselines
  • Set and view baselines


  • Create a list of resources
  • Work with the resource sheet
  • Define work, material and cost resources
  • Allocate resources to tasks
  • Add resource notes

The Timeline (2010)

  • Add the timeline
  • Insert tasks on the timeline
  • Copy the timeline to Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Project Views

  • Is there more than the Gantt chart view


What our users say


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  • Ray is the only IT Trainer who has ever inspired me with enough confidence to learn effectively
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  • Will ensure my team all attend (they all work remotely)
  • Exactly what I was hoping to learn, thanks

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