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3 Steps for Better Resource Management

Written on April 18, 2017 by

Several project management offices (PMOs) have asked for our help when they needed to manage resources effectively on both the project level and the portfolio level. To better manage resources, organizations need to look at their resource requirements in a defined order: 1) strategically, 2) tactically and 3) operationally. By homing in on these elements,…

Time to Reboot Your PMO?

Written on April 17, 2017 by

The project management office — much like a computer — becomes ineffective and inefficient over time and sometimes requires a reboot. Rebooting a computer resets the system, clears out cache, releases memory and updates drivers. Once the computer system is back up and running, presumably it runs faster and more efficiently. You could look at…

Size Matters (in Plan Communications)

Written on April 11, 2017 by

…Well, in plan communications and Gantt charts, it does. Size, when used as an attribute to denote meaning in data visualization, will likely force our brain to look at the largest items first. In her book, Storytelling with Data, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic tells us, “Relative size denotes relative importance.” Size is just one of the…

Survey: PMOs Have Room for Improvement

Written on April 10, 2017 by

Project management offices are there to take on the big project work within an organization. For example, the most important job for the PMO is to oversee project reporting and communications. Job two is doing project portfolio management. And third is defining and maintaining project management best practices and standards for the organization. Those results…

6 Ways to Correct “Remaining Work” Stuck in the Past

Written on April 4, 2017 by

Marty McFly had a problem. He was stuck in the past. Like Marty, project schedules can have a similar problem with “remaining work” stuck in the past. In this article I show you how to recognize the problem, identify the cause and implement a solution to move those remaining work hours — back to the…

3 Ways to Align Strategy with Project Management Planning

Written on April 3, 2017 by

Companies are always developing, implementing and refining strategic plans. However, many don’t realize their vision and fail to deliver expected strategic results. Why? One reason is because executive leadership frequently repeats the strategic planning cycle without including lessons learned from previous planning cycles. Therefore, they continue not to succeed. Tracking appropriate program performance metrics per…

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…

Tip: Hide Security Settings in SharePoint Office 365 Online

Written on March 27, 2017 by

Wondering how to maintain control over security settings in SharePoint Office 365 Online? This quick tip takes you step by step over the process for hiding the settings. First, sign into Office 365 account as shown below. Enter your credentials to log in to Office365 Project site. After you’ve logged in, you’ll see this landing…

3 Steps to Creating Your Project Culture

Written on March 21, 2017 by

Doing more with less. Working smarter and faster, not harder. Gone are the days where we work on just a few things or concentrate our effort on just one area of expertise. We are now expected to wear multiple hats and manage a wide range of activities in our work. Project managers are no strangers…

Tracking Methods in Microsoft Project Online and Project Server

Written on March 20, 2017 by

There are three distinct tracking methods within Microsoft Project Online and Project Server. Understanding these practices — and how they relate to the way you plan your tasks — will help you choose the tracking level that adequately meets the needs of your project. Figuring Out the Appropriate Level of Task Progress Detail As an…

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