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Using Agile Best Practices with Project PPM Technologies

Event Description: Agile is one of the most common technical project management disciplines, but many PM’s don’t know how to leverage existing or even the new PM tools that Microsoft has to manage Agile projects. This session will cover both Project and Project PPM best practices in how to build, manage Agile projects. By the…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 6

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

“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

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…

Exam Simulator Helps PMs Pursue PMI Agile Credential

A company that produces sample exams to help project managers pass their Project Management Professional exams has launched a simulated environment for the Project Management Institute’s agile test, Agile Certified Practitioner. OSP International, which runs PM PrepCast, recently released the PMI-ACP Exam Simulator. According to OSP, the simulation service includes “hundreds” of questions developed by…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 5

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

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

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

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…

How Standardization Can Help Set the Brain’s Expectations

We recently discovered a smart psychiatrist named Jon Lieff, during our reading of Good Charts by Scott Berinato. (This book is a treasure trove of information, if you’re interested in learning more about making better charts — a must read for any business professional.) Lieff inked a blog post in April 2015 titled, “How Does…

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