Project planning with MS Project 2003-2010

MS Project has for many years been the most widely used project planning system in the world.

Course description:

This course has a different approach than a standard computer course in MS Project. We follow the project step by step through the life cycle and show how MS Project is used to support in each phase. You bring your own computer and we start with configuring MS Project for you. You work with your own project or our generic example.

Target group:

Project Planners, project managers, subproject managers, line managers and others who require an effective planning tool to manage resources.


Project Management Step 1 or equivalent.


Feasibility study, preparation materials, energetic lectures, hands-on exercises on your own computer. Please feel free to bring a real case study of your own to practice on. We follow the project life cycle of IAD Focus® model.

Course documents available for download to iPad or computer:

  • Comprehensive course documentation with slides, checklists, templates and exercises.
  • Literature: E-book IAD Focus® Project Model and Method, Peter Dexner. E-book Planning with MS Project, Peter Dexner.
  • Diploma obtained after completed training.


Settings in MS-Project

  • General settings.
  • Using filters for a better view.
  • The Gantt wizard.

Start a new project

  • The Project Calendar.
  • Project planning with start or end date.

Planning fundamentals

  • Create activities.
  • Duration of activities.
  • Ways to link activities.
  • The Critical path – what is it?
  • Slack in the planning.
  • Overlap and delay activities.
  • Activity constraints.


  • Adding resources in the resource table.

Connect resources to tasks.

Recource Management

  • Resource-dependent or fixed duration.
  • Resource Graph.
  • Automatic resource leveling.
  • Budgeting project
  • Adding costs to resources.

Trimming the schedule

  • Ways to shorten schedules.
  • Save the project as the Base Line.

Project Tracking

  • Tracking Gantt.


  • Overview Reports.
  • Structuring.