Project Management: Applying Project Management Principles to Complex Projects using MS Project 2010

  • Location: Anywhere in the world
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Contact: Simon Robertson

Robertson Consulting Ltd provides a variety of courses in the subject of project management.  This a 5 day classroom course which prepares course delegates to practically apply good practice based on the PMI PMBOK® Guide using Microsoft Project as a tool.

Countless numbers of projects undertaken by organizations in the private and public sectors significantly overrun the project schedule and budget, and as a consequence fail to achieve the organization’s financial and strategic objectives, often with sizable increases in costs and with substantial financial losses to the organization. Why?

This is due mainly to the failure of many project managers to successfully apply the tools and techniques of modern project planning, monitoring, control and progress reporting on their projects. In addition the transition of bottom-up estimation practices to using project software is sometimes an obstacle to many project managers. This course brings the two together with a focus on using Microsoft Project 2010.

This 5-day seminar will provide you with a proven set of methods, processes, tools and techniques to develop a systematic and dynamic project plan to ensure the project is set up with the best chance of success.

This will enable the team to:

  1. Understand the PMI PMBOK Guide (5th Edition) approach to project management delivery with the Construction Additional Guide
  2. Define project management and understand the essential differences between Portfolio. Programme and Project Management
  3. Identify the role of the programme manager managing more than one project and key management decisions necessary to maintain priorities and ensure overall governance is maintained
  4. Understand the significance of key project management terminology and concepts
  5. Develop a realistic and systematic project schedule using project management tools and techniques such as Stakeholder analysis, Requirements and Scope Definition, Work Breakdown Structure, Work Package Management, Estimating, Risk Management and schedule optimisation.
  6. Differentiate between different approaches to project management; including traditional, Critical Chain management, event chain management and extreme project management approaches such as Agile.
  7. Transfer the project activity estimates and dependency information into project software (Microsoft Project 2010)
  8. Define the key project tracking control activities necessary to monitor and control the project within the main constraints of schedule, budget and scope, and manage changes to the baselines.
  9. Understand the overall procurement processes and contract administration principles as applied to supply chain management, including dealing with disputes, claims and counterclaims leading to successful resolution. Reference will be made to the latest FIDIC contract reference guides. Manage project close out activities including closing and management of claims.



Project Fundamentals and Project Initiation
  • A Project Management Framework – an overview of the PMI PMBOK Guide (5th edition)
  • What is Project Management?
  • Portfolio, Programme and Project Management
  • Key Project Management terminology and concepts
  • The role of the Programme Manager; Managing more than one project, and Key Decisions around Project Governance
  • Different Project approaches; traditional, critical chain, extreme and agile
  • Project Initiation; Stakeholder Analysis and the Project Charter


Project Planning – Work Breakdown, Estimation and Managing Risk
  • Defining Requirements, Scope and the Scope Statement
  • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Work Packages
  • Estimating activity effort and duration
  • Dependency analysis and Critical Path Method
  • Key Scheduling concepts; dependency, float, lead, lag
  • Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  • Project Cost estimation and Budgeting
  • Risk Management; identifying, analysing and managing risk


Project Schedule Optimisation, Procurement and Contract Management
    • Project Optimisation techniques; Resource handling, Constraints, Crashing and linear time-cost trade-offs
    • Setting up for Performance measurement; Earned Value and Control Accounts
    • Using Project Software (Microsoft Project 2007 and Primavera P6)
    • Procurement Management activities
    • Types of Contract – reference FIDIC
    • Contract administration; including disputes and resolution.


Project Execution, Tracking and Control
      • Key Project Tracking Control activities; Progress against plan, Performance Management measurement (Earned Value), Risks and Issues, Assumptions, Dependencies, and Change Control
      • Project Performance Variance Analysis, Forecasting and Reporting
      • Applying Project Tracking and Control in Project Software (Microsoft Project 2010)


Project Close Down and Contract Closure
      • Project Close Down Activities; handover, acceptance, resource release
      • Post-project review and Lessons Learnt
      • Procurement and Contract closure
      • Closing and managing Claims


At the close of the programme delegates are requested to complete prepare a “back to work” plan and a post-course questionnaire.

For further details on the course contact Simon Robertson  on

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