Executive and Professional Development

Using Microsoft Project® Workshop

Your projects just got a lot easier to manage. Our introductory and intermediate level workshop design is ideal for both managers and staff with little or no previous experience with project management software. Participants will be led through practical exercises which illustrate the many software features. The workshop covers tangible management issues including: setting up a project; scheduling and assigning tasks; allocating costs and resources; and tracking progress.


Please bring your laptop computer and power cord. Your laptop must be installed with Microsoft Project® Standard 2016* (English), Standalone Version. Microsoft Project® 2013 and 2010 Standard Version users are also welcome in class. Basic Computer Skills required.

Receive 14 PDUs towards your PMI® Continuing Certification Requirements.

DATES - 2 Day Seminar

February 10 - 11, 2020
June 18 - 19, 2020

$1,160 + HST
Facilitator: Sandra Martyn, PMP
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS 

* Special Pricing: Register for both  Using Microsoft Project® Workshop and The Project Management Course  and pay only $2,705 + HST, saving $200.

Program Content

Exploring the Microsoft Project Environment

  • Starting Project 2016
  • Starting a new project file
  • The project screen
  • The Gantt Chart view
  • Project ribbons, commands, and view bar
  • Navigating the Views
  • Setting up a new project
  • Defining a project calendar
  • Entering project information
  • Establishing calendar options
  • Saving project files

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

  • Work breakdown terminology and formats
  • Defining and entering the scope of a project
  • Collapsing, expanding, and editing the task list
  • Understanding and establishing sequences, leads and lags
  • Calculating the critical path
  • Refining the schedule
  • Using flexible and inflexible constraints
  • Establishing deadlines
  • Resolving scheduling conflicts

Understanding Resources and Cost Management

  • Factors affecting resource management
  • Defining resources types
  • Material, single and grouped resources
  • Creating a resource list (human and physical resources)
  • Setting up resource calendars
  • Defining costs: Human resources, physical resources, and variable costs

Status Updates and Tracking Progress

  • Setting baselines for the entire project or tasks
  • Updating projects tasks and project status
  • Viewing reports
  • Creating a customized table

Managing Consolidated Projects

  • Establishing a resource pool
  • Setting up multiple projects
  • Sharing a resource pool among multiple projects
  • Creating a master project file
  • Viewing resource assignments across multiple projects
  • Establishing inter-project dependencies


What You Will Learn

  • How to set-up a project on your system
  • How to follow Microsoft Project® menus and toolbars
  • How to establish project schedules and work breakdown structures
  • How to update your projects, tasks and allocate resources
  • How to track project progress on your computer and measure project results
  • How to consolidate multiple projects
  • How to close out your projects using Microsoft Project®

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you:

  • are a manager or team member with little or no previous experience with project management software
  • are self taught in Microsoft Project and experiencing difficulty in setting up projects
  • are experiencing challenges in tracking and managing projects
  • are head of a corporate department
  • have business planning responsibilities
  • work in systems, manufacturing and/or operations
  • are an engineering professional
  • are a technology or research manager

*All participants will receive a workbook based on Microsoft Project® 2016, as basic and intermediate functions covered in class are similar for all versions.