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Microsoft Project 2016 Essential Training

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Master the essential features of Project 2016 and project management techniques, such as creating and scheduling tasks, assigning resources, and running reports.

Master the core features of Microsoft® Project 2016, the powerful project management software. Learn how to best set up such project components as work tasks, summary tasks, milestones, and recurring tasks. Author Bonnie Biafore, a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, also explores the different types of resources used in projects, and how to set up their availability and cost. She also shows how to link tasks together and assign resources to tasks to build a realistic project schedule. Finally, the course explains how to use Project 2016 to help evaluate your schedule and resource workloads to make sure you're bringing a project in on time and within budget. Bonnie also shows how to use the new features in Project 2016, such as multiple timelines and the "Tell me what you want to do" field.

NOTE: This course updates our Microsoft Project 2013 Essential Training course for Project 2016, and most videos will work with both versions of the software. For Microsoft Project 2010 compatibility, see Project 2010 Essential Training.


  • Welcome
  • What do you already know?
  • Using the exercise files
1. Working with Project
  • Using the Ribbon
  • Navigating the Backstage view
  • Finding commands (UPDATED)
2. Setting Up Project Files
  • Creating and saving projects
  • Creating a project from a template
  • Creating a project from an Excel workbook
  • Setting up calendars
  • Defining working and nonworking time
  • Setting basic options
3. Creating Tasks
  • Understanding manual and auto scheduling
  • Creating a manual task
  • Creating an autoscheduled task
  • Switching between manual and auto scheduling
  • Creating a milestone task
  • Creating a recurring task
  • Copying tasks from another program
  • Creating a summary task
  • Displaying summary tasks
  • Organizing tasks in a task list
  • Working with work breakdown structure codes
4. Linking and Timing Tasks
  • Linking tasks
  • Adding lag or lead time
  • Setting task date constraints
  • Viewing tasks and task links
5. Creating Resources
  • Understanding resources
  • Creating a work resource
  • Creating a material resource
  • Setting up costs for work and material resources
  • Creating a cost resource
6. Assigning Tasks to Resources
  • Understanding duration, work, and units
  • Assigning resources to tasks
  • Using Team Planner to assign resources
  • Finding overallocations
  • Assigning resources with effort-driven and non-effort-driven scheduling
  • Modifying resource assignments
  • Replacing resources on a task
7. Working with Views
  • Choosing a view
  • Working with a table
  • Inserting and rearranging table columns
  • Changing the settings for columns in a table
  • Displaying two views at the same time
  • Using the Timeline view (UPDATED)
  • Sorting tasks and resources
  • Grouping tasks and resources
  • Filtering tasks and resources
  • Modifying task bar styles and task bar text
  • Modifying task bar layout
  • Modifying text formatting
8. Fine-Tuning the Project Schedule
  • Reviewing the critical path
  • Using the Task Inspector to review scheduling issues
  • Splitting a task
  • Delaying a task or assignment
  • Adjusting a work contour
  • Leveling resources
  • Inactivating a task
9. Tracking and Managing a Project
  • Understanding baseline, schedule, and actual values
  • Saving and clearing a baseline
  • Adding tasks to a baseline
  • Updating the schedule
  • Assigning overtime
  • Updating costs
  • Rescheduling unfinished work
10. Viewing and Reporting Project Information
  • Viewing project schedule status
  • Looking for schedule progress problems
  • Looking for cost problems
  • Working with graphical reports
  • Using earned value
  • Printing views and reports
11. Sharing Projects
  • Saving to other formats
  • Working with the global template
  • Importing and exporting
  • Sharing project information in other ways
  • Next steps

Taught by

Bonnie Biafore

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