Management Courses

This series of webinars will provide hands-on tips how to use MS Project in an efficient way, without overwhelming you with the possibilities the tool offers. It will provide you the insight need to readily apply in your day-to-day job of running clinical trials.

You are Project Manager spinning your head around a thousand trackers and spreadsheet to manage your projects? Many people in our industry use Microsoft Project® for that purpose. It serves as a handy tool for managing and tracking your projects. If you want to learn how to use this tool applied for the clinical research area, this course is perfect for you. It will guide you how to prepare Gantt Charts, review resource needs, detect deviations from the project timelines early on, reporting progress etc.

This course is divided in 4 webinar sessions of 1 hour. The course is introducing the basis for creating a work breakdown structure linked to a Gantt Chart. It will provide tips and tricks on how to use the different features available within MS Project to follow the progress of your clinical study.

  • Session 1: You will learn during the first session the basics about MS project (tables, views and timescale adaptation).
  • Session 2: You will see how to create a work breakdown structure within MS project. You will then be able to create a task lists, dependencies between tasks, allocate resources, etc.
  • Session 3: This session will be focusing on advanced manipulation as set constraints and deadline within a project plan. Then you will also learn how to build a timeline.
  • Session 4: This last session will show you how to track progress of your tasks or managing its associated costs. Finally, you will be shown how to create reports.

All courses are divided between theoretical sessions and life demonstrations. Exercises will be provided to be done between each session in order to practice all new information learned during the course.

The course will conclude with an online comprehension assessment.

Course time
4 Webinars of 1 hour spread over 3 weeks
Who should attend

Clinical Research Managers, Clinical Project Managers, Lead Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) who want to be more efficient in their daily work by using MS project

Programme highlights

Part I: What is Microsoft Project 2016

  • Why?
  • MS project 2016 data model
  • Views
  • Tables
  • Adapt timescale

Part II Planning phase

  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Tasks duration
  • Task assignment
  • Tasks dependencies.

Part III: Planning phase

  • Lag/lead time
  • Set constraints & deadline dates
  • Create recurring tasks
  • Critical path
  • Timelines

Part IV: Execution phase

  • Tracking progress
  • Reports
  • Printing
Learning Objectives
  • Be able creating a work breakdown structure
  • Be able building different reports for sharing with team and upper management
  • Understand the philosophy of a Gantt Chart and how to use it
  • Know how using MS project to follow the clinical trial progress


  • Session 1: Identify the different tables and views useful for the follow-up of the project plan.
  • Session 2: Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) with task dependencies and resource allocation.
  • Session 3: Define deadline and constraints within a WBS. Identify the critical path within your project plan. Create a timeline.
  • Session 4: Enter project progress and track slack time and slippage within the project plan. Prepare reports and use it for presenting project progress to your team or management.
  • Final: Online comprehension assessment.

* Note: For doing the exercises, you will need MS Project.



This course covers competencies that are part of the ECCRT Competency Framework

  • Scientific Concepts & Research Design (0)
  • Ethical & Participants Safety Considerations (0)
  • Investigational Product Development and Regulation (0)
  • Clinical Studies Operations (GCPs or ISO 14155) (0)
  • Study and Site Management (3)
  • Data Management and Informatics (0)
  • Leadership and Professionalism (0)
  • Communication (0)
  • Teamwork (0)
  • Business acumen (0)

Be aware that attending one of ECCRT open course does not guarantee that the competency is acquired but only guarantees that the related knowledge has been trained

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400,00 € excl. VAT (if applicable)


Lydia Prang
January 2018

The trainer tried to answer all questions, very dedicated, very nice