If you think education is expensive count the cost of ignorance, blunt but to the point. If you have invested in a powerful scheduling tool like Microsoft Project it makes sense to learn how to use it to full advantage.

Microsoft Project is a powerful project scheduling tool that can be an invaluable support to anybody engaged in managing projects.

Traditionally people try to manage projects using scribbled notes on scraps of paper, the back of a notepad or their memory, those approaches are fine up to a point. However when you introduce scale and complexity traditional approaches can let you down, this is when a project management desktop tool comes in to its own.

Microsoft Project deals with scale and complexity and perhaps most importantly of all it deals with change, something you can be sure will occur in your projects. Sometimes a small change can have a big impact whereas a large change can be taken in your stride, this being the difference between critical and non-critical activities.

Microsoft Project takes care of all the number crunching involved in the calculation of the critical path delivering to you the benefit of knowing what is and is not critical without the pain of having to perform the calculation.

For a lot of users Microsoft Project can be intimidating and overwhelming as it presents a very different interface to what they may be used to in their normal role. The Microsoft Office products, be they Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook are fairly ubiquitous and well established. Whilst Microsoft Project is a part of the office family of products it is subtly different in that it is designed as a whole whereas Word and Excel comprise a collection of functionalities that can be employed independently of each other.

It is for these reasons that a lot of people shy away from Microsoft Project, they perceive it as being complex and not particularly user friendly. Getting to grips with Microsoft Project does take time and effort but if you persist the rewards can be considerable.

This is where training with an experienced Wellingtone Project practitioner can be of considerable benefit. Our  Microsoft Project training not only gives you the how but also the why – putting the tool into context and illustrating how it can support you in your role as a Project Manager.

A well-structured and maintained project schedule can be an invaluable asset to any manager. The plan maps out how you will work towards your objective. Plotting things out in advance can serve to identify potential problems which you can then seek to avoid by various means. Once your project is up and running an updated schedule can be used to measure how you are doing and to appreciate the impact of any changes that are encountered. On completion you have the opportunity to compare outcomes with what was planned, to identify where things did not go to plan (who cares about things that happened as they should have done?) and to learn from the experience so that you do not commit the same mistakes again in future.

As a by-product of assembling a project schedule you can also compile a budget and cash-flow forecast as well as having visibility of the workload confronting your team members.

The facilities for reporting and communicating information with Microsoft Project are significant but these outputs are only as good as your inputs. We show you how to create project schedules that provide significant insight into performance and status through the reporting capabilities of the solution.

Our courses are designed to give you an in-depth introduction to the capabilities of Microsoft Project so that you can use the tool to support you in your role as a project manager. In addition to expert tuition from Microsoft certified trainers you receive a course companion and a digital copy of our full reference manual.

Find out more about MS Project training today and start managing projects more successfully.