Do you find yourself spending too much time working in Microsoft Project? Want to learn how to minimize the amount of time required but maximize the benefits? I thought you might. Following the 8 basic steps outlined below can help you do just that if you implement a few scheduling best practices along the way.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting weekly (well, I’ll try to post weekly) about each of the different steps and their associated best practices. You will learn tips and tricks for setting options, setting dependencies, assigning resources, updating your schedule and much more! For now, I’ll list the 8 basic steps and hope you’ll be back next week to learn more about step 1.

  1. Define the Project
  2. Enter the tasks and deliverables
  3. Enter the estimates
  4. Set the dependencies
  5. Enter any deadline dates
  6. Define and assign resources
  7. Analyze the critical path
  8. Track your progress

If you want to learn more  about how to be successful with Microsoft Project Professional, check out our training schedule.

Many of the principles covered in the 8 steps can also be found in the book “Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010” by Eric Uyttewaal.


Happy Scheduling!