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Microsoft Lunch and Learn, Gov community: Design Intent and Managing Non-Project work in MS Project




Understanding the design intent of Microsoft Project provides users with insight into Microsoft Project’s primary focus, project work, which aids significantly in scheduling, tracking, and managing project work. If your desire is to schedule, track, and manage a complete day of work, this understanding significantly aids in scheduling, tracking, and managing non-project work as well.

Presentation Overview

Prior to using Microsoft Project to assist with managing projects, it is critical to understand the initial design intent of Microsoft Project which continues today. This understanding provides a foundation for successfully interacting with Microsoft Project’s scheduling engine, and in the decision-making process regarding scheduling, tracking, and managing project work.

Once the design intent is realized, the presentation continues with a demonstration of scheduling, tracking, and managing non-project work in an effort to schedule, track, and manage a complete day, not just a partial day, thus creating a complete resource allocation forecast in the process.

Learning Objectives

Understand Microsoft Project’s design intent

Understand a definition of project and non-project work in Microsoft Project

Understand the primary complaint regarding Microsoft Project users have had for decades, and how the complaint is truly a non-issue once the design intent is understood

Create a simple resource view displaying a resource level forecast for all work


12:00 PM - Welcome & Opening

12:05 PM - Presentation

12:45 PM - Q&A

1:00 PM - Closing Remarks & Conclude


(Subject to HST)

PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) - $5.00

Non-Members and Guests - $20.00


1.0 (Technical)


Dan Renier


Dan Renier is a Partner at Milestone Consulting Group, a Microsoft Gold Project and Portfolio Management Partner, where Dan resides as an industry thought leader on Microsoft Project.

Dan specializes in assisting project managers in becoming high

performers in thought and practice leading to professional and organizational advancement. Dan has over 28 years of highly focused Microsoft Project experience including the development of industry leading curriculum. Dan is internationally known for leading the creation of Milestone’s YJTJ (Your Job Tool’s Job)™ Process for Microsoft Project, and his personal ability to motivate and educate organizations on successfully thinking about and using Microsoft Project dating back to version 3.0!

Dan’s presentations have been very well received at local and global conferences on project management and Microsoft Project dating back to 2002.




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Type of category: PMI Toronto Government Community

Type of activity: Technical

Date: June 4th, 2021

Hour: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

# of PDUs: 1


Members: $5.00

Non members and Guests: $20.00