Microsoft Project 2010/2013 Proactive Scheduling Essentials

Certificate Series Directory


“Essentials” Series by Version:

Microsoft Project 2003/2007 Essentials
Microsoft Project 2010 Essentials
Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop Essentials
Microsoft Project Server 2010 Introduction
Microsoft Project 2013 & Project Online Essentials
The Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Project
Microsoft® Project 2016 Essentials

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Reporting & Scheduling Series:

Microsoft Project 2010 Scheduling Essentials
Microsoft Project 2010/2013 Proactive Scheduling
Microsoft Project 2007/2010 Reporting Essentials
Microsoft Project 2010/2013 Reporting Essentials
Forecast Scheduling with Project 2013
Scheduling with Microsoft Project

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Other Series:

Managing Projects with SharePoint
Project Portfolio Management Essentials
Managing a Resource-Constrained Project
Project Online & Project Server 2013 Workflows
Beyond Macros – Customizing Microsoft Project for Non-Techies



Microsoft Project 2010/2013 Proactive Scheduling Essentials

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.

Learning Objectives: 

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


Kenneth Steiness, PMP/PMI-SP MCP MCT (Full Profile Here)

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.

Series Outline: 

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


If you are a member, you can log-in and watch each session using the following links:

Session 1: Foundation and Schedule Development
Session 2: Resource Leveling, Baselining and Status Input
Session 3: Weekly Status Updates and Reporting

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