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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Deep Dive: Resource Engagements

Written on November 24, 2015 by

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. Event Description: Resource Engagements is a recently introduced…

3 Ways to Keep Your Project Team Motivated

Written on November 24, 2015 by

Multi-year projects can be “long, tedious, time-consuming and very heavy” for the project managers overseeing them, says Beth, who works for a large networking technology company in southern California. That’s why this portfolio manager knew she had to do something to keep her team from getting burned out during the 2 1/2 year project they…

Using Microsoft Project’s “Add New Column” Virtual Column

Written on November 23, 2015 by

Microsoft introduced a new feature in Microsoft Project 2010 known as the Add New Column virtual column and continued this feature in the 2013 version of the software. You can find the Add New Column virtual column on the far right end of any default task or resource table, such as the task Entry table…

Cost vs Schedule Risk Analysis for Proposals

Written on November 17, 2015 by

  Project Risk Analysis There are two important outcomes for most projects beyond the obvious scope and quality objectives: Cost and Schedule. The cost outcome directly affects the value of performing the project in terms of profit and loss.  The schedule outcome also affects cost and has other less tangible impacts such as loss of…

How to Reverse-Engineer a Microsoft Project Schedule

Written on November 17, 2015 by

Steven Covey’s brilliant book, The 7 habits of Highly Effective People, outlined seven key steps. One of those steps was to start your day with the end in mind. In project management, this is a familiar scenario, where senior management has given a target or a goal with the end date and — in some…

Calculating the Percent of Variance in Microsoft Project

Written on November 16, 2015 by

  Have you ever wanted to know the impact of a given variance in your schedule percentage-wise? For example, let’s say you have a finish variance of five days in a task that was originally planned to be executed in 20 days. If we calculate the variance of the task (5 days) over what was…

PMI Expands Business Analysis Focus

Written on November 10, 2015 by

PMI, the Project Management Institute®, will be developing a new standard for business analysis akin to what it already provides for project management with its PMBOK®. The not-for-profit organization expects to release the new foundational standard in 2017 to provide a “definitive body of knowledge” for people doing business analysis of projects, programs and portfolios….

8 Tips for Introducing Project 2016 into Your Organization

Written on November 9, 2015 by

  Introducing Microsoft Project 2016 into your organization can be a project in and of itself. There are a lot of things to consider on your journey. Let me help you out with tips to smooth your ride.           Determine Where You Come From Knowing your current situation will be very…

6 Powerful PM Steps for Getting People to Follow You

Written on November 6, 2015 by

  When there’s a job to be done, sustaining support and maintaining motivation within your team is crucial to the outcome of your project. It can be extremely difficult to keep up momentum, on top of managing a mission, so follow these six simple “C” steps and the enthusiasm–and final result – will remain high….

What Every PMP Needs to Know About the New PMI® Certification Requirements

Written on November 4, 2015 by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): *Please note: This webinar is not eligible for PMI® PDUs*   Event Description: In December 2015 PMI will be updating the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. The CCR program is a mandatory element of maintaining a PMI certification and intended to enhance the professional development of PMI…

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