Excel for Project Management

with Ivan Vaptsarov

Excel is the most popular productivity software worldwide. In this course, you will learn how to use it for the purposes of project management.

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Course Overview

The course teaches you how to create and maintain some of the key project artifacts. The most convenient way to keep a good grip on important events is with the help of tables. So, it is only logical to use the most popular program for organizing and manipulating data for that purpose – Microsoft Excel. In this course, we cover the key aspects of using Excel for project management. You will learn how to create the five most important project management documents — work trackers, logs (from project diary to RAIDD), risk logs, project schedules and Gantt charts, and budgets.

Topics covered

Business fundamentalsTheory

What You'll Learn

Boost your technical skills by using Excel for project management. No heavy formulas are needed for this course. It focuses on the contents of the tables, going into detail about the important factors and some of the most commonly used Excel functionalities from a project management perspective.

Learn how to use Excel for project management
Create the 5 important project management artifacts: work trackers, logs (from project diary to RAIDD), risk logs, project schedules and Gantt charts, and budgets
Apply project management theory in practice
Boost your Excel skills


  • Tracker
    4 Lessons 24 Min

    A project manager must have a good idea of the progress of every activity and whether it is on track with the initial planning. This is where the tracker document comes in. In this section, we explain what that is and how to use it.

    Tracker - high-level overview
    Tracker - standard tasks
    Tracker - steps status
  • Actions log
    6 Lessons 24 Min

    Another useful Excel tool for project management is the log document. This is where important events are recorded (logged). Once logged, people can obtain information about them– their purpose, who is involved, any next steps, the due date, etc.

    Actions log
    Actions, Issues, Dependencies Log
    RAIDD log
    RAIDD log structures
    Risks log
    Logs outro
  • Project schedule
    3 Lessons 12 Min

    Next, we will examine how to create and use project schedules and Gantt charts in Excel. Both are essential for project managers.

    Project schedule
    Gantt chart (months)
    Gantt chart (weeks)
  • Budget
    4 Lessons 17 Min

    The final group of Microsoft Excel documents we will create together is related to budget and cost management. Here, the ultimate goal of the project manager is to have a realistic budget and a process to track the actual spending against this budget.

    Budget simple table
    Budget time and materials 1
    Budget time and materials 2
    Formatting tips & tricks
  • Conclusions
    1 Lesson 2 Min

    The Excel templates created in this course are essential to all projects. They are the bridge between project management theory and the real-life activities the manager performs. The course on Excel for project management ends with an outline of the limitations of the program and some alternative solutions.


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Ivan Vaptsarov

“This course offers you the opportunity to apply in practice your knowledge in project management. The Excel skills you will learn will serve you great regardless of your career path.”

Ivan Vaptsarov

Worked at AIG