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Managing Projects with MS Project

  • CESA Training Centre, Paulshof, Johannesburg, Paulshof
  • Wed 16 October 2019  08:30 to 16:30
  • Thu 17 October 2019  08:30 to 16:30


If you know how to practically apply MS Project to your project, it can become your “road map” to successfully controlling, simplifying and speeding up a project!

This 2 day course will show you how to save valuable time by providing you with a step-by-step guide to quickly set up a project in MS Project, automating as many tasks as possible, and managing the project with a range of status reports that assist in keeping the project on time and within budget.

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Project Management Basics

  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • Short overview of Project Management

 Chapter 2: MS Project Basics

  • Explore the MSP Interface
  • Shortcuts, Selections and Moving Date
  • Working with the Project Guide
  • Explore and create views and tables
  • Different Information Dialogue boxes

 Chapter 3: Create a Basic Schedule

 Step 1   Project Settings

 Step 2   Work Breakdown Structure

 Step 3   Entering Durations

 PERT Analysis

Step 4  Task Dependencies

  • Create dependencies
  • Dependency types
  • Add lead and lag time
  • Add constraints and deadlines
  • Using recurring tasks
  • Critical Path Analysis

 Chapter 4: Defining Project Resources and Costs

 Step 5 – Project Resources and Costs

  • The Project Team
  • Resource planning
  • Resource Calendars
  • Assign resources
  • Resolving Over allocations
  • Project Costs

Learning Outcomes

Attending this practical course will ensure delegates are fully equipped with the knowledge to:

  • Quickly and accurately set up a Project in the MS Project environment, ensuring it is correct and reflects the exact needs and specific scope of your project.
  • Prepare a comprehensive Task Schedule to define essential activities and milestones that will provide time frames for when each activity needs to be completed.
  • Establish your project’s “Critical Path”, allowing you to constantly monitor and re-assign resources to vital tasks which could otherwise delay the entire project.
  • Use customised, graphically illustrated reports drawn from MS Project as vital communication tools to ensure all team members are kept up to date with the progress of the project.
  • Monitor, control and track the progress of the project, stage by stage, by comparing Baseline Estimates with Actual Costs to ensure you keep control of the variances.
  • Make the most of the “shortcuts” MS Project has to offer, saving you valuable time while improving the overall structure and management of your project.
  • Understand the simplest method for undertaking the planning of a project, using the MS Project software.
  • Avoid the common mistakes usually encountered when setting a project up on MS Project.
  • Learn the most time-efficient methods for keeping the software up-to-date as the project progresses.
  • Understand the importance of the tracking process throughout the duration of the project.
  • Create easily accessible, up-to-the minute reports, keeping your team members informed at all times.
  • Learn to prevent the costly effects that unforeseen delays can have by conducting thorough “if-then” scenarios. 

Who should attend?

  • Team Members
  • Administrators
  • Architects / Designer
  • Team Leaders
  •  Engineers
  •  Property Developers
  •  Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Project Executives
  •  Project Sponsors
  • Project Support Office
  • Consultants
Type: Course
CESA Validation Num: CESA-845-03/2019
CPD Points: 2
Coordinator: Blessings Banda
Fee: R 7 006.00 excl. VAT
  • CESA Training Centre, Paulshof, Johannesburg, Paulshof
  • Wed 16 October 2019  08:30 to 16:30
  • Thu 17 October 2019  08:30 to 16:30