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control account scheduling using microsoft project

This course introduces students to building a control account schedule in Microsoft Project or Project Server that will be part of an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS). Topics covered include:

  • Configuring options for ideal critical path scheduling calculations
  • Structuring the schedule to properly interface with an Earned Value Management System (EVMS)
  • Applying Critical Path Method (CPM) best-practices
  • Resource-loading, setting a baseline, and applying status

Target Audience

Control Account Managers (CAM) or Schedulers building and maintaining Microsoft Project schedules as part of an Integrated Master Schedule or to interface with Earned Value Management (EVM) software (such as Deltek Cobra, EVMS forProject or similar tool).

Anyone who wants to learn how to schedule in Microsoft Project using best practices from the NDIA Planning & Scheduling Excellence Guide (PASEG) or GAO Scheduling Guide.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a control account schedule using good scheduling practices in Microsoft Project 
  • Use a shared resource pool (Microsoft Project) or enterprise resource pool (Project Server)
  • Assign resources and establish a baseline
  • Use the DCMA 14-point analysis to validate schedule integrity
  • Update the schedule (with or without actuals) and forecast
  • Incorporate authorized changes to the baseline plan
  • Establish an IMS using Microsoft Project and/or Project Server

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Course Logistics

2 Days (16 hours)
In person, instructor lead or via video conference 
Student PCs are required to participate in hands-on participation and student exercises.
Class Size
Up to 15 students
Introduction to CPM Scheduling recommended, but not required


Training & Education

Introduction to CPM Scheduling

This 2 day course introduces to the fundamental concepts of the Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling technique. 

Training & Education

Principles of Earned Value Management (EVM)

This course introduces students to the basic components of managing projects using earned value management principles.

Training & Education

The DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment

This course introduces students to the DCMA 14-Point Schedule Analysis metrics, including an explanation of each of the metrics and how they apply to scheduling best practices. 

Training & Education

Introduction to Earned Value Management (EVM)

During this interactive course, a member of our expert staff will introduce students to the concepts underlying Earned Value Management (EVM).

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Earned Value Analysis Using Empower™

This course is an introduction to Earned Value Analysis using Encore Analytics Empower™. It covers how to access the tool and use the various features and functions within to support analysis of program performance.


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Variance Analysis Reporting Using Empower™

This course is designed to help CAMs analyze and understand earned value performance metrics with a goal of writing a clear, cohesive Variance Analysis Report (VAR).



The EVM EIA 748 Validation Process

The Earned Value Management EIA 748 Validation Process

This course answers common questions about how to achieve and maintain validation of an EVM system.