This course is designed to integrate the use of Microsoft Project 2013 or 2016 as the software tool for coordinating and reporting for Scrum and AGILE project development teams. It is suitable for delegates who are either AGILE qualified or work within an agile environment.

If this course is delivered from a QA training centre, then Microsoft Project 2016 Professional will be used.

Target Audience

This course is designed for a person who has an understanding of project management concepts, who is responsible for creating and modifying project plans, and who needs a tool to manage these project plans.


  • Delegates should be familiar with Scrum or AGILE terminology and methodology
  • This course is not an introduction to Microsoft Project nor AGILE
  • Knowledge of a Windows operating system

Learning Outcomes

  • Navigate the Microsoft Project environment
  • Use views to work with a project plan
  • Create a new project plan
  • Create the project schedule
  • Manage resources in a project plan
  • Customise the Microsoft environment to work more effectively for an Agile/Scrum environment.
  • Incorporate subprojects
  • Generate reports on the project

Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of Agile and Scrum Teams

  • The Role of Microsoft Project

Module 2: Navigating Plans

  • Explore the Microsoft Project Environment
  • Display an Existing Project Plan in Different Views

Module 3: Creating a Backlog (Project Plan)

  • Create a New Project Plan
  • Set Project Working Time
  • Project Information
  • Create User Stories/Themes
  • Edit the Task List
  • Define the Activity List
  • Create the Work Breakdown Structure

Module 4: Estimating the Effort of the Work

  • Task Effort and Task Durations
  • Define Milestones
  • Work with Manual Scheduling and Finish Start Links
  • Automatic Scheduling
  • Task Relationships - Types, Lag and Lead
  • Add Sprints to the Timeline
  • Identify the Critical Path
  • Work with Constraints and Deadlines
  • Add Recurring Activities
  • Add Notes to a Task
  • Reference Other Files in Tasks

Module 5: Customising the Project Environment for AGILE

  • Creating Custom Fields
  • Prioritising Tasks
  • Built-in Prioritising
  • Grouping Tasks
  • Filtering

Module 6: Managing Resources in a Project Plan

  • Resources Types
  • Assign Resources to Tasks
  • Resolve Resource Overallocation

Module 7: Introduction to Project Tracking

  • Set a Project Baseline

Module 8: Product Backlog Master and Reporting

  • Master Plans
  • Standard Reports

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