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Microsoft Project is a project management tool used to assist project managers.

It is used for developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analysing workloads.

Project creates critical path schedules and deals with resources (people, equipment and materials).   Each resource can be assigned to multiple tasks and each task can be assigned multiple resources.

Microsoft Project schedules task work based on the resource availability as defined in resource calendars and can create budgets based on assignment work and resource rates.

Microsoft Project is used in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government, retail, financial services and health care.

Keystroke Learning’s Microsoft Project courses can take you from being a beginner to an advanced user.

Beginners will learn the fundamental techniques used to begin a Project, whilst more advanced users will learn more of the capabilities of this powerful application.

Skilled and highly experienced Microsoft Project trainers lead our courses.  Our hands-on Full Day, Half Day, Workshop and Live Online Training courses will have you up and running with practical experience and useful tips and tricks.

If group bookings or 1 on 1 courses are your preference, then please contact us to discuss your needs. We can also customise any course to your needs.

We provide in-house Microsoft Project training nationwide and not limited to businesses based in Melbourne, Australia.

Microsoft Project Training Courses

Microsoft Project Training courses covering 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and previous versions
Microsoft Project Training courses covering 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and previous versions

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Project Introduction1 DayBeginner

Microsoft Project FAQ

Who uses Project and what is it used for?

Anyone who needs to manage, support and report on one or multiple projects.
Scheduling is one of the most critical tools required to manage a project to its conclusion. Microsoft Project allows you to schedule a project based on information you input about the overall project, the resources available and the individual tasks required to complete the project.

Project allows for budgets to be created at the task level, for such items as equipment, travel, and labour, and provides tracking of actual costs against estimates.

By assigning resources you create an association between specific tasks and the resources required to complete them. These resources can include the work resources (staff and equipment) and material resources (materials and supplies).
Some significant aspects of Project are:

  • Scheduling
  • Cost Control and Budget Management
  • Resource Allocation
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Quality Management

These are just some of the features of Microsoft Project.

Should I buy a Project for Dummies book or attend a Training Course?

Have you ever wondered why the Dummies books are so popular? Well, it’s probably because so many of us are self-taught, using Google to find out how to use a function, or we are shown how to use software by someone at work. Although this can be useful, it also means we tend to spend a lot of time with trial and error, or we are just picking up somebody else’s bad habits. Trial and error unfortunately involves a lot of error, and the bad habits you pick up will probably be passed on to the next person, so soon they spread across the business, meaning entire teams can end up working inefficiently.

At this point, you might head to the bookstore or do an online search to find a Microsoft Project for Dummies book to help solve some of those tricky issues. That’s a step in the right direction, and we sometimes use reference manuals ourselves. The problem is that trying to learn by trial and error may cost you many times the cost of a good training course.

Our Project courses are designed to target the key features and tools included in the application to help you get back to work and apply them right away.

Why choose Keystroke Learning?

We Innovate – We keep abreast of changing technologies and are constantly developing new courses and updating existing courses to reflect current best practices.
We Listen – By gaining a better understanding of your needs and listening to your feedback we can be sure the training is right for your abilities and goals.
We Know What Works
– We specialise in hands-on, interactive training courses. Training managers and participants tell us that this approach is the most effective way to learn.

Why should I attend a Microsoft Project Training Course?

Attending a Microsoft Project course can help you to save time right away. You will be shown the best ways to use the application and you will learn shortcuts and tips that will continue to be of use long after your training course with Keystroke Learning has finished.

Typically, one of our experienced trainers will walk you through the features and functions of the software, then you will try them out on your own, with tips and guidance on getting the best out of the features. We also encourage participants to ask lots of questions to help you get the most out of your learning experience.
You’ll receive a manual to take away at the end of the course, as well as exercise files so you can practice later, or just to jog your memory when you need.

Where are you based?

Keystroke Learning is based in Melbourne, Australia. Most of our training courses take place in the Melbourne CBD, but we also provide Microsoft Project in-house training nationwide.

Do you provide online training?

You bet, our Live Online Training courses can be delivered virtually anywhere around the world. Whether your employees are based in one location or various locations we can deliver live online training to them anywhere they have internet access.

What if I need help after my course?

We’ve got you covered. Every course we run comes with post course support. Just contact us using the support page, or email us at We will do our best to help you out if you run into a problem.

What is a Gantt Chart?

A Gantt Chart is a timeline used as a project management tool to illustrate how the project will run.

Individual tasks can be viewed along with their durations, as well as the sequence of these tasks. You can also zoom out to view the overall timeline of the project and the expected completion date.

As the project moves forward, the Gantt Chart will adjust automatically based on the data input to display up-to-date project information. This can include new start and finish dates for incomplete tasks tracked against the original baseline of the project plan.

Gantt Charts can be used to communicate with your clients to give them a better understanding of the project and key milestones.

When should I start my project plan?

The process of creating a project begins before any work is done on a project, before the project schedule is set, and before tasks are even identified.

Creating a new project using Microsoft Project sets up the framework for the project plan and allows you to make decisions about how the project will be carried out, when people will be working on it, and what factors are most critical during the project.

Building a project schedule is usually a team effort. For example, if you need a list of detailed tasks you will probably get input from your team. The same applies to creating the links between the tasks, the duration and estimates of work, as well as resource assignments.

What are Resources?

Resources include anything that is used to complete a project, including, equipment and other materials.

Microsoft Project uses three types of Resources:
Work Resources these are people and machines, and the time they require (hours, days, weeks, etc.) to perform the Tasks. Resources typically have rates associated with them.
Material Resources these are consumables such as bricks and mortar, fuel, concrete etc. These resources are time independent.
Cost Resources these are time independent resources, such as airline tickets or work permits. Regardless of the length of time the resource is used, it will be defined as a single charge per task.

What’s the difference between lead and lag?

Lead and Lag have a significant impact on project schedule. Lag describes a required time between tasks.

In the Finish to Start relationship this means that the second task cannot be commenced until a specified period of time has elapsed after the completion of the first task. The most common example is concrete, in which a lag is inserted between tasks to allow the concrete time to cure before the next task can proceed.

A lead has the opposite effect on the schedule. Lead is the amount of time that a task can start before the completion of the first task. Schedulers sometimes refer to lead as a negative lag.

What are Base Calendars?

Microsoft Project uses calendars to identify working times and determine the availability of resources for work on your project tasks.

Project uses base calendars as a starting point for creating the other types of calendars. They can be thought of as templates. Base calendars are used to enter details such as holidays, typical working hours, and any other organization-wide calendar items. If you enter a holiday or a change of working hours in your base calendar, those changes are automatically reflected in any other calendars using that base calendar.

How do I book a course?

The easiest way is to give us a call on (03) 9999 7780 and let us take care of all the hard work. Or, you can fill in your details on our booking form.

What if I want to customise a course?

If an Off the Shelf solution is not quite what you are looking for, training courses can be tailored to the unique requirements of your team. Our courses are modularised with this option in mind, which means that you could mix and match from a selection of existing topics, or we can work with you to develop something specific to your organisation. Either way, we are on hand for advice about the best way to structure your customised training course.

Where to from here?

Your learning doesn’t stop once you have completed your course. We hope you will continue your experience by taking some time to practice what you have learned and apply it to your own situation and environment.

If we have done our job well, you may be inspired to learn even more by attending another course. If you are looking for something other than Microsoft Project, we have a comprehensive range of courses available for you to choose from.

We are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further advice.

What’s included in the course.

You’ll find there is quite a lot included in your course. All Keystroke Learning courses come with a USB Pen loaded with your course manual and exercise files, along with a notepad so you can scribble down all those handy shortcuts.

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