Virtual Workshop - Scheduling Fundamentals With MS Project (Part-1)


March 20, 2021
9:00 AM CDT - 6:00 PM CDT
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MS Project is an important tool for project managers as it allows all sorts of tasks related to projects and has views, filters, and reports tailored for project managers. It's the most efficient tool for managing your project. No matter at which level of career you are, in this one-day workshop, we will cover the scheduling fundamentals and some other essential features of MS Project.

The PMI Chicagoland chapter brings you a rare opportunity to learn this tool hands-on from the experts at an affordable price point.

What you will learn?

  • Scheduling with respect to a "Single Project"
  • Overview of features
  • Project Info
  • Dependencies
  • Constraints
  • Fundamental concepts
  • Tasks in detail
  • Resources in detail
  • Critical path and slack
  • Calendars
  • Baselining
  • Basic tracking
  • Deadlines
  • Comparison with SmartSheet’s implementation
  • Exporting and importing data


Who should attend?

  • Project managers who want to strengthen their MS Project scheduling activities.
  • Experienced project leaders who want to refresh and advance their skills.



  • Complete presentation deck
  • Sample Project
  • Exercises


Course Outline:

Scheduling with respect to a “Single Project”
Program (multiple projects) Schedules are covered in the Advanced Course

Finding Your Way
Menus, an overview of features

Project Info
ASAP/ALAP scheduling
Project Start/Finish dates

Fundamental Concepts
WBS, Tasks
Resources, Assignments
Comparison With Implementation in SmartSheets

Tasks in Detail
Task Types – Fixed Units, Duration, Work
Milestones, Rolled-up Milestones
Relationships, Leads/Lags
Comparison With Implementation in SmartSheets

Resources in Detail
Work and Material Resources
Cost and Budget Resources
Project Variables
Critical Path and Slack
Comparison With Implementation in SmartSheets

Basic Tracking
Actual Start/Actual Finish
Variance, Multiple Baselines
Comparison With Implementation in SmartSheets

Miscellaneous Topics
Agile and Kanban
Filters, Groups
Basic Reporting
Exporting/Importing Data to/from Excel
Ready-Made Reports and Views
Scheduling Guidelines

Day and Time:

Optional Pre-workshop Session: Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 6.00 PM CT — 7 00 PM CT
Workshop: Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM CT

No of Participants: Min 15 and Max 50

PDUs: 8

Cancellation and No-Show Policy: If you registered for the course and later found out that you will be unable to attend it for whatever reason, please send an email to [email protected] requesting to cancel your registration. All cancellations are subject to a minimum of $15.00 fee if done by 2/28/2021 and you will be refunded the remainder of your registration fee within 15 days of your cancellation email.

Cancellations after 3/1/2021 are subject to full charge to ensure the Chapter does not incur excessive expenses.

Webinar/Zoom Details: To be distributed via email to attendees upon registration

Instructors: Sutanu Ghosh, PMP, PMI-ACP, MCTS (Instructor 1)
                     Oliver Gildersleeve (Instructor 2)

Sutanu Ghosh, PMP, PMI-ACP, MCTS has served as a PMO as well as a hands-on Project Manager on both Software and Hardware projects at many distinguished institutions in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, including Bay Networks, Symbol, Lockheed Martin, NetApp, and VMware. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering, he worked for Tata Motors, which ignited his passion for “Lean.” He has an MS from Arizona State in CAD/CAM and has published on CAX tools.

Oliver Gildersleeve, PMP, MCTS has been teaching advanced scheduling with MS Project for over 20 years for the PMI chapters of San Francisco Bay Area and for Silicon Valley.  He is a technical editor for three books on Microsoft Project.  He has worked in four industries.  He has developed and will present custom features in schedule templates linking task updating to estimating data improvement, scaling estimating data for new projects, and including a Risk Reserve and an Estimating Uncertainty Buffer – all of which shorten projects and raise project success rates.



$99.00 Member Ticket

$110.00 Non-Member Ticket