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How to Achieve Your Big Goals in 2017 (and Inspire Others to Do the Same)

Written on January 17, 2017 by

The average person spends 80,000 hours working over the course of his or her life. That’s a lot of time. Those hours can build a career that you can be proud of or it can build a life that leaves you wanting. No matter what your situation, setting goals can improve your performance and feelings…

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…

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…

More Tips for Creating a New Project Schedule in Microsoft Project

Written on January 9, 2017 by

As organizations work to improve their project management maturity level, they often develop methodologies that include standard processes and best practices. However, ensuring project managers consistently initiate new projects according to these standards and processes often proves challenging. In a previous article I shared some tips for initiating a new project schedule easily and consistently…

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…

4 Steps to Tune Your Project Adoption Strategy for Success

Written on January 2, 2017 by

Achieving a successful deployment of Microsoft Project Online or Project Server requires a well-tuned focus on driving adoption and making sure everyone understands the benefits of working with the new solution. You need to understand the business challenges to be addressed by the new system and ensure your organization is prepared to recognize and reap…

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…

Microsoft® Excel Keyboard Shortcuts

Written on December 23, 2016 by

MPUG has done the work for you! We spent some time compiling some of the most useful Microsoft® Excel keyboard shortcuts. Keeping this page bookmarked for reference will help make your life a little bit easier. Be sure to also check out our Microsoft® Project Keyboard Shortcuts and Microsoft® SharePoint Keyboard Shortcuts. Print or Download the Microsoft® Excel…

Emotional Intelligence and Project Management

Written on December 20, 2016 by

Emotional intelligence is the ability to monitor your emotions or the emotions of others and use this to guide your actions. A shorter way to say this is to recognize or regulate emotions in ourselves and others. As project managers, we deal with people all day, every day, and we rely on them to get…

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…

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