The Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Project

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



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



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


Course Overview

In this course, Ben guides us through some key components for creating a project. The first session helps us get started and brings up questions you may want to ask yourself before you begin planning for your project. The second session, spends time on important aspects of creating your project, making changes, and achieving your deadlines. The last session, highlights communication, maintaining, and tracking your project.

Course Format

The course is comprised of 3 sessions of 1 hour each. *Please Note: Due to a technical issue with part 1 that resulted in it ending approximately 38 minutes into the session, we reorganized part 2 and 3 to include the remainder of part 1.

Course Outline

Session 1 – The Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Project

  • The questions you need to ask before you begin to plan your schedule.
  • Learn how the data components within Project relate to each other.
  • ***Please note: the presentation ended early due to technical difficulties. Part 2 and 3 have been reorganized to cover the remainder of this session***
  • Learn how to navigate around the project interface.
  • Input a well formed project plan that represents the project work as you know it.

Session 2 – The Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Project

  • Enter dependencies, lead times and lag times
  • Model any external dependencies that impact our activities on the project
  • Enter deadlines for our key milestones
  • Assign resources to the plan

Session 3 – The Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Project

  • We are able to print off the project, exactly in the format we want to
  • The project is updated using the appropriate method and frequency
  • We can create and print off relevant reports
  • We can add new tasks, and mark ones we no longer need


Ben Howard

Project Server Consultant, Applepark

Awarded Community Leader for his very popular and comprehensive UK web training series. Ben Howard has over 20 years experience of implementing enterprise solutions such as MRPII, ERP, and latterly Microsoft’s EPM (Project and Project Server) solution. During that time he’s worked for IBM, DELL, and Microsoft, as well as several smaller organisations. He now runs his own EPM consultancy (Applepark Ltd), providing Project Server implementation and training services. His has been awarded the Microsoft Most Value Professional award for Project for the last 5 years, and has published the successful “Microsoft Project 2013 Plain and Simple” book.


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