Scheduling with Microsoft Project: The Fundamentals

On-Demand Microsoft Project Course

Learn how to Build a Project Schedule Like a Pro

In this on-demand, instructor led course, Jason Grabowski will teach you everything you need to know to build and manage effective project schedules like a pro. You will learn the process that Jason uses daily in his own practice as a senior project scheduler support large scale information technology and department of defense weapon system programs. The course includes dozens of exercises and practical application exercises that will walk you through a practical step-by-step process to plan and build a project schedule.


What Makes this Course Different

Most Microsoft Project courses are developed and taught by instructors that know the basics of Microsoft Project. They understand the buttons and functions of Microsoft Project. They can teach you how to assign resources and costs. While they provide insight into Microsoft Project, most other courses do not actually prepare you to actually build and manage a project schedule in the real world.

That's where this course stands apart from others. This course was developed and is taught by a senior project scheduler that is still actively working in the field as a professional scheduler and consultant - Jason Grabowski. Jason developed this course after providing guidance and coaching to countless clients and students over the last several years.

While other courses focus solely on Microsoft Project, this course focuses on the process of building a project schedule using Microsoft Project. Sounds the same as a standard Microsoft Project course? Not even close!

While this course is a Microsoft Project course, the focus is actually on building an effective project schedule. We just happen to be using Microsoft Project to do this. You will learn the process that Jason uses to do this in the real world where our projects are plagued with date constraints and deadlines. And if you have questions along the way, you will have access to Jason via email or the course comments area to get your questions answered. And he won't just give you a book answer. He will tell you how a concept is actually applied in the real world.

If you want to get a feel for how Jason teaches, sign up for our FREE mini course called Project Management Basics - Planning to Schedule. That course provides insight into some foundational project management concepts that you should understand before taking this course. From there, you can decide if Jason's teaching style is right for you...

How Long Should this Course Take to Complete

This course is my standard 2 day Microsoft Project course delivered in an on-demand classroom. Since it is my 2 day course, you should expect to spend at least 16 hours total working through all of the lectures and practical application exercises. A good strategy would be to work through one or two modules per week.

Who is this Course For

This course is for beginner to intermediate users of Microsoft Project. No experience with Microsoft Project is necessary. You will learn everything you need to build and manage project schedules in the real-world. This course is also beneficial if you have some experience with Microsoft Project already and you are looking to improve your skills.

What You Will Learn

This course covers everything that you need to know to build an effective project schedule that tracks time and task responsibility. This is the typical level of schedule complexity needed on most projects. I call this level of schedule complexity Level 1: Time Management.

*** This course does not cover resource or cost management within a project schedule. We are currently developing a course to focus on these areas. Look for it in the spring of 2021

Course Structure

  • Module 1: Setting Up the Project File
  • Module 2: Working with Fields in Microsoft Project - Part 1
  • Module 3: Schedule Elements (Tasks, Summary Tasks, and Milestones)
  • Module 4: Task Relationships
  • Module 5: Navigating the Schedule
  • Module 6: Viewing Tasks in the Gantt Chart
  • Module 7: Calendars
  • Module 8: Leads and Lags
  • Module 9: Date Constraints and Deadlines
  • Module 10: Baselining the Schedule
  • Module 11: Total Slack, the Critical Path, and Critical Tasks
  • Module 12: Working with Fields in Microsoft Project - Part 2
  • Module 13: Statusing the Schedule
  • Module 14: Other topics

*** This course does not cover resource or cost management within a project schedule. We are currently developing a course to focus on these areas. Look for it in the spring of 2021

Want This Course for your Organization?

Send Jason an email at [email protected] to discuss other training delivery options. In addition to our on-demand training library, we also offer personalized onsite or virtual training sessions that can be tailored to fit your specific needs.

Your Instructor


Jason Grabowski
Jason Grabowski

Jason is an experienced senior project scheduler and schedule analyst with years of experience in the DoD and private industry. He is currently a Senior Schedule Analyst supporting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the largest program in the Department of Defense. He was previously the Lead Scheduler for the $6.5 billion AT&T FirstNet program. Jason is also the author and developer of the powerful Microsoft Project add-in Project X-Ray.



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Frequently Asked Questions


I already have some experience with Microsoft Project. Is this course right for me?
Absolutely! This course is for the beginner and semi-experienced Microsoft Project user. If you feel like you just don't understand how to build an effective project schedule then this course is for you.
What if I am unhappy with my purchase after I start the course?
While we hope you will get a lot out of our course content, we do understand that this site may not be for everyone. And that is okay. Withdraw from the course before you begin Module 5 and get a no questions asked full refund.
How long do I have to access the course content?
You will have complete access to all content for a full year. This gives you plenty of time to go through the content as many times as you need to master the skills taught in this foundational course.
What version of Microsoft Project do I need?
You will need Microsoft Project 2010 or newer versions. Microsoft Project has stayed relatively the same since 2010. I point out the differences between versions as needed during the course.
What if I have questions during the course?
You have two options to get your questions answered. You can post your question in the course comments area or you can send Jason an email at [email protected]

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