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Proactive Scheduling with Microsoft Project – An Essentials Certificate Series 1/14- 1/16


Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EST)

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 **Please Note: You will only need to register once on this page to be registered for all three days (Jan. 14th, 15th, and 16th).  We will send out calandar notices and log-in information for each session closer to the events**

Ultimately, the purpose of the project schedule is to enhance the chances of successful project delivery. To be useful then, a proactive schedule should always reflect the true intention (both scope and time) AND actual progress of the project. It should clearly communicate work and priorities to project team members, provide accurate forecasting of remaining effort and durations and identify variances before it is too late for corrective action.

This course provides comprehensive background on the principles of Proactive Scheduling as well a practical approach to deploying these principles in Microsoft Project and Project Server.

Course Overview: 

This Microsoft Project and Project Server course will focus on scheduling best practices and enabling project managers to build solid schedules that will reflect the true status of the project and accurately forecast through completion.

The course is closely aligned with:

  • The Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures – 2nd Edition, by PMI®
  • The Practice Standard for Scheduling – 2nd Edition, by PMI®

The overall goal is to teach project managers a practical approach to ‘how’ they should be using the tools in the context of industry best practices.

Participants will get access to best practices documentation, templates, compliance filters and checklists to support their on-going work in Microsoft Project and Project Server.

Session Format and Credit:

The course comprise of 3 sessions of 2 hours each. MPUG Certificate upon completion of series and opportunity for 6 hours PMI® PDU credit.

Who Should Attend:
Program and project managers, resource managers, PMO staff, project sponsors, team members and anyone responsible for or participating in the successful delivery of projects.

You Will Learn:

Upon completion of this course, the participants will:

  • understand scheduling best practices
  • understand the Microsoft Project Scheduling engine
  • be able to create a solid project schedule in line with industry standards
  • be able to direct team members to provide accurate status updates
  • be able to status the project schedule and take corrective action
  • be able to report status on the project from the schedule
  • be able to effectively close out the project schedule after completion


Session 1 – Foundation and Schedule Development

  • PMI Practice Standards for WBS and Scheduling
  • Principles of Proactive Scheduling
  • Task Types
  • Preparing the Work Breakdown Structure (Map Day)
  • Budgeting and Cost Planning
  • Establishing Dependencies
  • Adding Deadlines and Constraints
  • Building the Team and Assigning Resources

Session 2 – Resource Leveling, Baselining and Status Input

  • Leveling Overallocated Resources
  • Schedule Compliance Checklist
  • Saving the project Baseline
  • Viewing project tasks
  • Completing the Timesheet
Session 3 – Weekly Status Updates and Reporting
  • Reviewing and approving Task Updates
  • Updating Milestones and Project Financials
  • Rescheduling incomplete work in the past
  • Identifying Variances and taking corrective action
  • Maintaining the Baseline for scope changes
  • Preparing the Project Timeline
  • Update SharePoint Project Status
  • Accessing reports in the Business Intelligence Center


  • Online via your computer and internet connection using Citrix GoToWebinar
  • Three 2 hour sessions (three sessions required for certificate).

Speaker Bio

Kenneth Steiness, PMP/PMI-SP MCP MCT

Managing Partner & VP of Delivery, Sensei Project Solutions

Kenneth has worked in the project management and scheduling field for over 17 years, and has managed customer engagements in over 13 countries worldwide and throughout the United States. His focus is on process and the discipline of PPM and scheduling whenever he engages with clients to deploy Microsoft Project and Project Server or teaches classes on the subject. Kenneth has presented at world-wide conferences for Microsoft and PMI; and to many Microsoft Project User Groups over the years.


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