August 17, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This class applies to users of MS Project 2010, 2013 and 2016.

If you are using MS Project 2007 or earlier, 90% of the class material is still applicable.

However, 2007 screenshots are not provided, since MSFT has discontinued support for 2007 and earlier versions.

This session is Part 2 of 2 that provides preparation for the certification, "Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013," 74-343. 

Let’s face it –Microsoft Project is the standard for scheduling software, yet most of us are unaware of how to get the full value it enables. There are over a hundred Project Management tools, but only the major tools provide dynamic scheduling (task dependencies with work or duration estimates) for all types of projects, program scheduling (master/sub scheduling with resource pool), portfolio management (Project Server in software as a service). 

Being a part of “Office”, we tend to be self-taught, and consequently, end up as beginners, unable to advance to powerful levels.  So why not learn this very powerful yet complicated tool properly and best practices for application?

The material for this class shows how to avoid common, significant mistakes in scheduling and how to schedule projects for high levels of success.  The material is gathered from numerous books, classes, and experiences the instructors have encountered in their careers.

PMISFBAC brings you a rare opportunity to learn this tool hands-on from the experts at an affordable price point to prepare participants for MCTS certification: 74-343. 

Objectives of this Course: 

  • Scheduling, Tracking, Reporting. 

o   Contingency, Buffers, & Management

o   Maximizing Throughput

o   Recovering 

  • Not Project Management: 

o   Not planning:  project conceptualization & selection.

o   Not leadership, negotiation, recognition/reward.

o   Not team selection, Conflict resolution…

  •         Project Server introduction. 

o   Good schedules prerequisite to Server. 

o   Server doesn’t improve scheduling. 

o   Provides communication, collaboration, timesheets. 

What You Will Learn: 

  • Templates.
  • Scheduling. 

o   Program and Portfolio Management.

o   External Dependency. 

  • Master/Embedded Projects.
  • Pooled Resources. 

o   Resource Allocation. 

o   Leveling:  Manual & Tool 

  • Advanced Scheduling Techniques 

o   Parametric Modeling 

o   Estimating Techniques. 

  • Scaling Projects 

o   Project Reserve. 

o   Uncertainty:Project & Feeder Buffers. 

o   Risks: Contingency. 

o   Dynamic Reserve. 

  • Customization. 

o   Tables, Groups, Filters; Custom Fields & Formulas; Views.

o   Global.MPT. 

  • Executing. 

o   Baselining. 

o   Multi-Tasking. 

o   Costs.

o   Updating. 

o   Resource Management. 

  • Controlling 

o   Getting projects back on track. 

  • Updating Projects and Creating Historical Data 

o   Advanced Resource Sheet. 

  • Project Status Communication 

o   Traffic Lights. 

  • Orientation to Project Server. 

o   Improvements require change. 

o   Indicators of doom & solutions.


Class handouts will be emailed 4 days ahead of the class. Only digital version will be provided. 
Materials include PDF files of the slideware used in class, examples (MPP files), inputs for exercises (XLS files), answers to exercises (PDF files).  Please bring the slideware to class, printed or electronic at your discretion.


Please contact us for a group discount, if you attended Part 1 of this workshop (July 20,2019) or if you are a student. 

7 PDUs (Technical: 5, Leadership: 1, Strategic: 1)
Event Agenda:
08:30AM – 09:00AM         Registration and breakfast
09:00AM – 10:00AM         Workshop
10:00AM – 10:20AM         Break
10:20AM – 12:30PM         Workshop
12:30PM – 1:00 PM         Lunch
  1:00PM – 2:30PM          Workshop
  2:30PM – 2:45PM          Break
  2:45PM – 4:30PM          Workshop
  4:30PM - 4:45 PM          Q&A, Adjourn and Close 

Oliver Gildersleeve, PMP, MCTS is the lead planner for Engility Corp. scheduling of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ Identity and Access Management program. (It's a position that resulted from a PMI-SV job email.)  He teaches Microsoft Project for San Francisco State University Extension and Managing Software Projects for UC Santa Cruz Extension. Formerly he was a trainer of Microsoft Project Server at companies across the US and at monthly public classes in the Bay Area. He was co-founder and past president of Microsoft Project Users Group's Silicon Valley chapter (  Oliver is a technical editor of the forthcoming book "Forecast Programs" and was technical editor of "Forecast Scheduling 2013."




Sutanu Ghosh, PMP, PMI-ACP, MCTS has served as a PMO as well as a hands-on PM on both SW and HW 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 a MS from Arizona State in CAD/CAM, and has published on CAX tools. 


Cancellation and No-Show Policy:

If you have made a reservation and find that you will be unable to attend, please send an email to and cancel your ticket as early as possible.  All cancellations are subject to a minimum $30.00 fee.

Cancellations after July 31, 2019, are subject to a full charge to ensure the Chapter does not incur excessive expenses.



$165.00 Early Bird, Member
$150.00 Earlybird rate before July 31

$175.00 Early Bird, Non-member
$160.00 Earlybird rate before July 31