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Jigs Gaton

About: Jigs Gaton

Jigs Gaton is the CEO and founder of Phoenix Consulting and Training Worldwide, a company that helps developers design and implement better programs and build capacity with training and other resources. Jigs has over 30-plus years of experience in both the private and public sectors working as a project manager and PM consultant. He's currently based in Kathmandu, helping Nepal with post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.

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Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: 5 Gotchas

Written on March 14, 2017, by

In this article about resource pools, you’ll learn about a potential danger while swimming around in resource pools and hear about all the known gotchas I have run across in my dealings with resource pools. An Important Note on Pool Safety and Security Pool safety and security is important. After all, you’re sharing data with…

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: How to Build Them

Written on March 6, 2017, by

In part 2 of this series, we follow a step-by-step process for creating a resource pool in Microsoft Project. Use this tutorial to create a new resource pool, and then attach that pool to a set of projects. An archive of the files shown in this tutorial can be downloaded here, so you can splash…

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: What They Are and Why They’re Useful

Written on February 27, 2017, by

Adding a resource pool into your Microsoft Project workflow is like adding a cherry to the top of an ice cream sundae (or more specifically in this case on top of the Project files you’re maintaining or considering creating). A resource pool is a delicious “contact list” for project work. Think about the interaction between…

Your Guide to PMOs

Written on February 21, 2017, by

What is a PMO? A project management office (PMO) is the formal designation for a group of professionals within your organization who are tasked with defining and maintaining project management standards and procedures. In addition, since most organizations strive to maximize efficiency across the repetitive nature of project work while also seeking a productive and…

Travel Companion Wanted: Must Do Microsoft Project

Written on February 6, 2017, by

As a busy international project planner, if I were to write an advert on Lonely Planet or Craigslist today for a traveling companion, it might read something like this: “Looking to travel the world with a companion: must like living on the cheap, traveling light, and not be fearful of dangerous places. In addition, must…

Mind-Mapping Your Way to Better Microsoft Project Plans

Written on January 10, 2017, by

“Mind-mapping” (or, as it is also known, “concept mapping”) is a proven method and technology for organizing your thinking, no matter what you’re thinking about. Students now learn this technique in school so that term papers and research reports are better thought out and organized for their professors. Writers use this technique to better prepare…

Run Microsoft Project on a Mac

Written on November 14, 2016, by

Over the years many folks in client sites have noticed the glowing apple on the lid of my laptop and knowing that I’m running Microsoft Project have asked me: “How the heck do you do that?!” My quick reply: “Well, let me show you…” To start, you have to learn about the wonderful world of…

Mayday! Project Crash Investigation, Part 3: Moving from Project Failure to Future Success

Written on November 1, 2016, by

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we covered why projects fail and how to investigate these catastrophes, all under the guise of being an air crash investigator. In this final installment of the series (inspired by my binge viewing of all 16 seasons of “Mayday: Air Crash Investigation“), we will look at ways…

Mayday! Project Crash Investigation, Part 2: What to Do When a Project Fails

Written on October 10, 2016, by

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the notion that project managers can learn a lot from airline industry professionals and their great safety systems and also apply those principles to projects in trouble or that have already crashed and burned. In this segment of “Mayday: Project Crash Investigation,” I continue with this airline…

Mayday! Project Crash Investigation, Part 1. Determining Why Projects Crash

Written on September 6, 2016, by

As a long-time fan of all things aviation, I’m enamored with all 16 seasons (to date) of the TV series Mayday: Air Crash Investigation, where air disasters are dramatized and the causes for each crash are painstakingly determined. As a project manager, I’m also interested in (but not enamored with) projects that have failed on…

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