Microsoft Project Basics - How to Create Your First Project

Great Course for those new to Microsoft Project! Learn how to use Microsoft Project in easy to follow steps.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 3/2016 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Course Updated - Closed Captions Available

Great Course for Those New to Microsoft Project...

Now you can finally learn Microsoft Project and get familiar with how to perform Project Scheduling. With this course, you will learn the essential beginning skills for Project Managers to understand what functions can be performed using Microsoft Project and how to navigate the program.

In this course, you will learn the basics of creating a Microsoft Project scheduling using Gantt charts. 

We will cover such topics as:

  • How to create a Work Breakdown Structure for use within Microsoft Project scheduling
  • How to create Tasks and Summaries within Microsoft Project
  • How to Use Microsoft Project for managing Project Resources
  • How to add Durations and Effort to Tasks and see the complete Project Work
  • How to Link Tasks together in Microsoft Project to create a full project schedule

As part of this course, we will also cover best practices for Project Scheduling and what a good Project Schedule should contain.

At the end of this course, you will be totally familiar with Microsoft Project so that you will be able to create, review, and revise Microsoft Project schedules all on your own.

Also, for those seeking PMI Certification (such as the PMP Certificate), if you complete this course you may receive credit for 1 PDU applicable to PMI Certification.

This course includes additional materials (Microsoft Project files) that are downloadable for your own practice.  Also included for free is a White Paper on Best Practices for Project Scheduling.

What are the requirements?

  • It is not necessary but you should have a copy of Microsoft Project.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the features of Microsoft Project
  • Read and interpret a project schedule built on MS Project
  • Develop a full blown project schedule on MS Project on their own
  • Identify the Critical Path of a Project
  • Learn Project Scheduling Best Practices

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for professionals new to MS Project and may need to create, review, or modify project schedules.
  • If you have used Microsoft Project before and are familiar with the basics of navigating MS Project, this course may not be for you.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here - Course Introduction and Materials for Course

This is the introduction lecture to Microsoft Project Basics Course. In this lecture, we will cover what is going to be covered in the course and the basic information about project scheduling.


This section includes all the materials that will be used in this class on Microsoft Project.

Section 2: How to Build Your Project Schedule Using Microsoft Project

In this section, we will cover the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). We will cover the definition and importance of a WBS for project scheduling. I will provide a sample Work Breakdown Structure and walk through the important parts.


Updated May 14, 2016: In this portion, we will cover what setting may need to be established for Microsoft Project, as well as cover the important areas/features of Microsoft Project.


This section will deal with actually creating tasks in Microsoft Project. We will work through a Project file and add tasks in order.


After adding tasks, we will then add people (or Resources) to the project schedule. This section will walk through how to add people to the tasks from the earlier section.


After adding tasks, we now need to link them in a logical sequence so that we can come up with a timeline of the project. This section will demonstrate how to link tasks and show the full timeline of the project.


In this section, we will cover project milestones. We will define what those are and why it is important to identify those in the project. Also, we will add project milestones to the sample project file.

Section 3: Advanced Topics in Microsoft Project Scheduling

Updated May 14, 2016: It is essential in developing a project schedule that you have a good grasp of what is the project's critical path. In this section, we will:

  • Define critical path terminology
  • Determine how to find the critical path within Microsoft Project
  • Review the critical path and what it is telling us
  • Look for ways we can modify the critical path

As you have your project schedule built, you may need to then add or delete tasks as the situation arises. In this section, we will be covering how to add and delete a task in a logical manner in Microsoft Project.


Once the schedule is fully complete, you will need to review the resources and what are the resource needs. In this section, we will cover where to view resource usage and what views are specific to resources.


In developing a project schedule, yo may notice several different ways to link tasks. In this section, we will cover the different methods in Microsoft Project and why they should or should not be used.


In this final section, we will be closing with a discussion on high level Project Scheduling Best Practices from past experience and from the Microsoft Project user community.

Section 4: Bonus Lecture Area

This is a bonus lecture on where to find additional resources to help you along with Microsoft Project.

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Instructor Biography

Tony Agront, PMP, MBA, Project Management Consultant and Instructor, 20+ Years Exp.

Tony Agront is a Senior Project Management Professional with over 20 years of professional experience leading teams in private industry and government.  

Tony is the Principal Consultant and CEO of Salvantra Associates, a consulting firm located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that specializes in providing Project Management and Project Planning services to private industry and the federal government.

Tony's expertise includes working with many organizations in helping establish proper scheduling practices and developing project management frameworks for organizations. 

He is an expert in Microsoft Project having used the product for nearly 15 years in all different types of applications and industries.

He is also an expert in using Deltek Cobra in combination with Microsoft Project for Earned Value Management in compliance with government accountability standards.

Tony can be contacted through the links above or via the webpage link.

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