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Dale Howard

About: Dale Howard

The name Dale Howard should be familiar name to MPUG users, given the number of lively and practical presentations he has provided for MPUG Global and for local MPUG chapters on how to use Microsoft Project and Project Server more effectively. With over 15 years of practical experience with these software tools, plus Dale’s humorous and engaging presentation style, he was voted the “Best Presenter” by the participants at the Project Conference held in Phoenix in March 2012. Dale possesses the prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) designation from Microsoft, and possesses multiple technical certifications and training certifications as well. Dale is the Director of Education for Sensei Project Solutions in Phoenix, Arizona. He looks forward to training clients in the USA and all around the world.

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Quickly and Easily Create Cross-Project Dependencies

Written on March 28, 2017, by

A question asked occasionally in the Microsoft Project and Project Online user forums is this: “How can I link a task in one project with a task in another project?” The heart of this question is that the project manager needs to know how to create cross-project dependencies. This question is relevant to almost all…

Closing Out a Project Schedule in PWA

Written on February 14, 2017, by and

A proactive project portfolio management (PPM) system includes proper governance to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data. An essential element of this governance is addressing projects that are completed or cancelled and to perform several actions on them also in order to complete them. You’ll want to ensure that all work has been…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 7

Written on January 23, 2017, by and

Sharpen the Saw No doubt you know the story of the man in the forest who is too busy sawing to stop and sharpen the saw. Every day we come across project managers who are too busy updating their schedules and running their projects to stop and learn new techniques and disciplines that would greatly…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 6

Written on January 16, 2017, by and

Synergize What is synergy? Stephen Covey defines it this way: “It means the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It means that the relationship which the parts have to each other is a part in and of itself.” Once all the pieces of the schedule have been put together properly and are…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 5

Written on January 6, 2017, by and

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood In just about any situation, it’s much more important to listen and understand than it is to be immediately understood. When faced with a problem on your project, it is important to act as a facilitator and get all the right people involved in the conversation. The…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 4

Written on December 30, 2016, by and

Think Win-Win While the project schedule is an important tool for many project managers, it is often misunderstood (or not understood at all) by project team members. When building the work breakdown structure (WBS) for the project, you will get a more accurate definition of scope (and as a result, the schedule) by involving the…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 3

Written on December 19, 2016, by and

Put First Things First Once you have built a solid work breakdown structure (WBS), it’s time to walk the talk and put first things first. Building a complete and accurate dependency network is what makes the schedule truly proactive. When building dependencies, try to think about natural relationships that exist for the scope of work…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 2

Written on December 12, 2016, by and

Begin with the End in Mind The most successful projects have a deliverable-focused work breakdown structure (WBS) to represent the true scope of the project. Build your schedules with the end in mind by establishing your outcomes/deliverables. This helps you manage scope throughout execution and ensures that the entire team is on the same page…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 1

Written on December 6, 2016, by and

The great Stephen Covey has inspired so many of us. His teachings are integrated into every aspect of my personal and professional life. I recently took some time to pause and reflect on how the “7 Habits” have impacted my own career as a project manager and scheduler. Specifically, over the course of seven brief…

Insert a Manual Page Break

Written on August 2, 2016, by

One of the questions that comes up occasionally in the Microsoft Answers user forum for Microsoft Project is, “How can I insert a manual page break for printing in a Microsoft Project file?” In the 2007 version and earlier, users could click the Insert menu and then select the Page Break item. With the release…

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