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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 Agile Project Manager: Leveraging Agile in Microsoft Tools, Part 2

Written on February 13, 2017 by

Microsoft continues to help grow its interconnected tool suites, building functionality that project managers can use to help increase their efficiencies and deliver results with their projects and project teams. Here are just a few of the additional tools that stand out today in the software for supporting PPM and agile processes. These tools are…

The Agile Project Manager: Leveraging Agile in Microsoft Tools, Part 1

Written on February 7, 2017 by

My background in construction and construction project management includes building houses, remodeling and commercial construction. Just as a good carpenter wouldn’t have a single tool in his or her tool belt to undertake a project, neither should an agile project manager or team member rely on a single tool to provide the best possible outcome…

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…

5 Things to Know about Microsoft Project Baselines

Written on January 31, 2017 by

The baseline — whether it be about the schedule, the budget or the scope — is essential in projects. Without it you have no way to measure the performance of your work. But there may be a few things you don’t know about baselines in Microsoft Project. In this article I share five facets of…

3 Ways to Surf the Flow of Your Project Management Cycle

Written on January 30, 2017 by

There’s a definite cycle to project management. You move from the input of technical data to the communication activities of human interactions. This cycle is constantly shifting as you move forward, changing at any moment the probability of success for the project management. If data isn’t managed correctly, errors in timelines and schedules occur. When…

3 Easy Ways to Work Faster in Microsoft Project 2016

Written on January 24, 2017 by

There are many things I point out to people attending my training classes to help them use Microsoft Project more efficiently. Usually, the first thing I’ll show students is how to adjust the Quick Access Toolbar. In this brief article I’ll show you three ways to update your toolbar to speed up your Project work….

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…

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…

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