Project planning and control with Microsoft Project®

About the course

This course is aimed at teaching how to plan and control projects by using Microsoft® Project 2016 and earlier versions, in the Traditional Project Management (TPM) practices defined and matured in the world of the engineer and construction professionals. 

The terminology and principles used throughout this course are designed to reflect the current syllabus for the Traditional Project Management (TPM) practices defined and matured in the world of the engineer and construction professionals. 

Course outcome

  • Understand the steps required to create a project plan by using  Traditional Project Management (TPM) practices

  • Set up the Microsoft® Project software

  • Define calendars

  • Add tasks

  • Organize tasks according to project’s scope and format the display

  • Add logic and task relationships according to technical and legal constraints

  • Use Tables, Views and Filters which create the printouts and reports

  • Updating progress/Critical Path Analysis

  • Controlling project progress reports -S Curve Analysis (Time, Cost, Scope)

Course outline

Day 1

    • What is a project

    • The project triple constraint

    • Project lifecycle according to PMI

    • Microsoft Project role in Project Management

  • What is Microsoft Project

  • Starting the application   

  • General presentation of application menu

  • Managing files and setting options

  • Microsoft Project duration and work calculation setings

  • Creating a new plan and setting start date

  • Setting the project calendar        

  • Defining the Work Breakdown Structure- Summary tasks- Project Scope

  • Defining the list of activities(tasks)

  • Estimating tasks duration

  • Creating task dependencies with links

  • Critical Path Method Analysis- Project Time

  • Activity codes- defining an alternative WBS Structure

  • Customizing a Gantt Chart View

Day 2

  • Entering Work resources names

  • Entering resources maximum capacity(allocation)

  • Entering resources pay rates

  • Adjusting working time in a resource calendar

  • Setting up cost resources

  • Assigning work resources

  • Settings when addding/removing resources

  • Assigning project cost resources

  • Saving a project baseline

  • Customizing the Timeline view

  • Customizing the Report view

  • Printing views and reports

Day 3

    • Identify the updating interval

    • Entering a task completion percentage

    • Entering actual values for tasks dates

    • Entering actual values for work and cost

  • Identifying tasks that have slipped

  • Filters

  • Analysing task costs

  • Analysing resources costs

  • Reporting project cost variance

  • S Curve Analysis (Time-Scope-Cost) Actual vs planned

  • Importing projects

  • Exporting projects

  • Final examination

Course format:
       – Clasroom live
       – Presentation
       – Real Case study selected with attendees
       – Exercices

 Lenght: 3 days

Schedule: 8:00-16:00

 Where: Client/ Other 

Language: EN/FR/RO

Certificate: Certificate of Completion
Trainer: Senior Project Planning & Risk Management Consultant, MSc Engineering & Business Management  PMP® Certified, experienced in Nuclear, Rail, Oil and Gas…

Course Materials:
– Course manual
– Planning, reporting templates
– Project Planning guideline
– Ecostar Plan notebook and pen
Who should attend:
– Project Managers
– Engineers and Planners
– Chief Executive Officers
– Finance Managers
– Contracts and Claims Manager
– Project Risk Managers
– Document Controller
– PMO Support Engineer
– Cost Engineers
 In what industries:
– Infrastructure
– Engineering and Construction
– Oil, Gas and Petrochemical
– Nuclear
– Power and Water Utility Plants
– Manufacturing and Industrial
– Government
– Aerospace
– Defense
– Financial Services
– Telecommunication
– Pharmaceuticals
– Environmental
– Shipbuilding

Registration Form


What you will get after the training

Course Manual

Certificate of completion

Case studies


Post course support

  • Access to a local network for participants – continued development of PM skills, providing useful tools & information
  • Access to our monthly meeting – giving students the possibility to stay in touch with the other students trained by Ecostar Plan 
  • Further courses recommendations
  • Proven templates, guidelines

Why Ecostar Plan?

 relevant industry experience

 guaranteed quality


 proven results


PM Consultants certified by
 the Project Management Institute


 understand real project needs


 post course support



According to international studies regarding PM Training results, companies had a 26% overall performance 
in 8 areas of project management due to their project management training programmes.

  • Improved stakeholder satisfaction
  • Improved schedule performance
  • Decrease in project failures
  • Increase is risk awareness
  • Improved budget performance
  • Improved productivity
  • Better scope control
  • Human Resources development

Evaluating training and results (ROI of Training)

Ecostar Plan by its experienced trainers is continuously evaluating training performance to show the value that programs have on the company through the following: 
  • Reaction and value of the program
  • Learning and confidence
  • Application and implementation