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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Implement Kanban: Implement Virtuous Cycle of Ongoing Improvement

Written on August 27, 2013 by

The hardest thing about implementing the Kanban is the paradigm shift in policies it leads to. “How can just visualizing work and limiting work improve throughput?” It’s so counter-intuitive. However, the very act of visualizing and limiting work highlights bottlenecks as they appear, giving you a chance to fix things before they become big issues….

MPUG Tip – Learn From the MVP – Add the Word Cancelled For a Cancelled Task

Written on August 26, 2013 by

In this short video, Dale shows us how to indicate that a task is cancelled and why you should never delete a task when base-lining your project. Take a look at our other quick and easy MPUG tips from Dale. Have a suggestion for a tip or a how to? Let us know.

Webinar: Shared Understanding Among Project Stakeholders: A New Methodology for Agile Project Management

Written on August 21, 2013 by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: “Respect the people in your program” is a core principle of lean project management. A Lean enterprise is an organization that recognizes that its people are the most…

Animated Reporting for Microsoft PPM

Written on August 20, 2013 by , and

Introduction One of the most common requests from we get from executives is for the ability to view the entire portfolio of projects and how these projects progress through a fiscal year.  The play axis feature in Power View solves this problem nicely with a time-phased, visual overview of the entire portfolio.  By animating the…

MPUG Tip – Learn From the MVP – Change the Duration of a Fixed Duration Task

Written on August 18, 2013 by

Many companies exclusively use fixed duration tasks and Dale Howard knows one of the smallest but most useful tips to master this practice. He has a lot of experience and knows what changes Microsoft Project defaults to when you manually adjust work hours. He shows us what these default settings do and what effects they can…

Webinar: ProjectTalk – Project Team Insight – Using Project Sites and Templates

Written on August 15, 2013 by and

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Any project’s biggest asset is usually it’s project team. Yet we often find it hard to fully engage and leverage the experience, knowledge, and expertise of our most…

How To Upgrade Yourself To The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition

Written on August 13, 2013 by

If you studied to take your Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) fourth edition and had to reschedule your exam date to on/after July 31, 2013, then you now have to take the PMP® Exam based on the new PMBOK® Guide fifth edition. The…

Webinar: Years in the Trenches with Microsoft Project

Written on August 8, 2013 by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: How often have you heard that “too much time is spent on planning”? Or, you might experience “lots of plans” yet still encounter blown schedules and budgets. In…

What Not to Do When Managing a Project Recovery

Written on August 6, 2013 by

The following is an excerpt from Pete Smith’s book “Project Management: All You Need is Love.”  Project Recoveries are really fun. They appeal to the ego because you are striving to achieve something that the previous team failed to do (not that you would ever, of course, be so gauche as to admit that in…

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