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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Plan for the Finish — Manage from the Start

Written on October 30, 2015 by

Oftentimes people want to plan a project from the finish date and manage it from the start date. The benefit of doing so is that the project manager can flag the tasks with critical goal dates using deadlines and will be able to manage the project to achieve the goal dates. Here’s how. To plan…

Project Server Twilight Zone

Written on October 27, 2015 by

  A client wants a Microsoft Project Server system built, including a security configuration based on the Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS). When the consultant arrives at the client site, the key stakeholder in charge of the deployment has abruptly left the company. When the consultant asks the remaining staff for a copy of the org…

A Project Engagement That Went Horribly Wrong

Written on October 27, 2015 by

An organization had asked us to undertake a Project Server deployment initiative. The user base was gigantic. The deployment timeframe was tight, and on the agreed-upon budget we could just scrape by. The initial kick-off meeting took place in an eerie room where there was a creepy pale white elephant — existing data and its…

The Case of the Clueless Management

Written on October 27, 2015 by

  At one organization where I worked, the CIO had seen something on the value of earned value. They brought me in to teach a two-day Microsoft Project class to their engineers without mentioning that this was now part of their goals. Every engineer on that team within a few months of the class was…

You’re Fired — Or, Um, Unscheduled!

Written on October 27, 2015 by

    I had a project manager once who was also in charge of putting out the work schedules for the part-time employees. (I guess the company decided that since a PM could schedule work, he could also do the job of scheduling shift work.) Whenever they decided to lay off, fire or downsize somebody,…

The Septic Slip-up

Written on October 27, 2015 by

  Early in my career, I was teaching an “Intro to Microsoft Project” class for a large corporate client in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had been there to teach classes for them a number of times previously. During my welcome and introduction, I intended to say, “It’s good to be back in the Twin Cities…

Tales of Terror in Project Management

Written on October 27, 2015 by

  Whether it’s a crazed client, scary supervisor, lunatic schedule or something else, these MPUG tales are guaranteed to get your skin crawling in time for Halloween. We invite you to share your own tale of terror in comments below — if you dare…       You’re Fired — Or, Um, Unscheduled! By Collin…

I Survived an Ax-wielding PMO Director

Written on October 27, 2015 by

  Many years ago in a long lost time there was a Fortune 500 company hiring project managers. The U.S. economy had tanked and not many companies were hiring at all, so it was exciting to get hired by anyone. I wasn’t a project manager but provided the technical support for Microsoft Project, Project Server…

Capturing Lessons Learned Information – Making your current and future project smarter!

Written on October 22, 2015 by

**Download a PDF of the presentation here: Lessons_Learned** Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Project Management talent triangle category. If you are claiming this session, you must submit it to your MPUG Webinar History after it has been completed in its entirety….

10 Reasons to Run Project Server 2013 on Azure (instead of On-Premise or Project Online)

Written on October 20, 2015 by

When thinking about using Microsoft Project Server for your project management office (PMO), your first thought might be to run it on your own servers as an on-premises solution. But that’s no longer your only option. Now you can choose to run Project Online or go to various hosting companies. Or you can run Project…

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