Monday, December 25, 2023

Course Review: MS Project Live Lessons – Enables to Learn and Master the Application to Help in Delivering Successful Projects

By Mukundan Vikkath, PMP

Why this Course?

My whole 25 years’ experience is in heavy equipment manufacturing and construction. For the last 10 years, I’ve been responsible for managing project teams delivering orders with respect to various mega projects in the Oil & Gas and Energy sectors. 

Though I’m skilled enough to monitor schedules and resource allocation across multiple projects, I didn’t have hands-on experience in preparing schedules using software tools. 

I believed having a certain level of fluency and expertise in MS project software tool would be helpful to analyse complex schedules and manage shared resources without too much dependency on schedulers.  

Features in this Course

In my observations, the key aspects of MS Project Live Lessons course are the followings:

  • Seamless integration of the theoretical concepts from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide to software application usage in MS Project.
  • Simple and short videos, which makes it much easier to understand for any level.
  • Clarity on each topic has been reinforced by practical and quiz questions at the end of every lesson. 

Following topics helped me mostly in managing my work effectively:

  • Analyzing Project: Critical path analysis/measurement (CPA/CPM) and schedule compression techniques.
  • Tracking Project: Establishing the baselines for the project and determining the variances.
  • Project Reporting: Generating easy to understand infographics.

In this course, other areas such as Resource Levelling, Resource Pooling, Earned Value Management etc. are extremely beneficial and worth highlighting.

I received a number of key-board shortcuts, tips and tricks provided towards the end of the course, and they are very useful. 


I would recommend this course to any project professional, either beginner or experienced to gain an in-depth understanding of the key project concepts along with basic skills to work on the wonderful MS Project software application. 

Mr Satya Narayan Dash is an inspiring teacher, and the entire course module has been compiled brilliantly to suit all kinds of learners at their own pace. 

Brief Profile: Mukundan Vikkath, PMP: Currently working as Project Management Department Manager in a leading Heavy Equipment Manufacturing Company in the Middle-East.

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