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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Leveraging Project, Project Server and Project Online for Better Communications

Written on January 27, 2016 by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical 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: MS Project, SharePoint and the Enterprise editions of Project…

Project Opportunity Cost and Why You Need to Understand It

Written on January 26, 2016 by

If you’re in the middle of preparing to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam you have undoubtedly read through A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition at least once (and possibly even more). The PMBOK should be your primary resource when studying for the exam as it is…

How to Upgrade to the 2016 Version of Project Pro for Office 365

Written on January 26, 2016 by

Project Pro for Office 365 is the subscription-based edition of Microsoft Project. It’s paid as a monthly service and can also be combined with a Project Online license to give you full capabilities of the online project and portfolio management (PPM) solution. You can also use Project Pro for Office 365 as a standalone desktop…

New GAO Guide Formalizes Scheduling Practices

Written on January 25, 2016 by

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a manual of best practices to help federal, state and local agencies to assess the schedules for government projects. The “Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules,” available online, provides guidance for civilian and defense projects managed by either government entities or private contractors. The new…

From Task Manager to People Manager – The Next Generation of Project Managers

Written on January 20, 2016 by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Leadership 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: “Project managers” really are “people managers”. However, project…

A Hidden Feature in Microsoft Project 2016

Written on January 19, 2016 by

Three years ago, Microsoft introduced a new feature in the 2013 version of Microsoft Project called Lync integration (now known as Skype integration), which displays a “presence” indicator for each resource in your project team. Microsoft introduced this new feature to foster communications between the project manager and team members. For example, the project manager…

The Top 10 Messages From the PMI® PMO Symposium 2015

Written on January 13, 2016 by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU, 0.5 in the Technical Project Management talent triangle category and 0.5 in the Leadership 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…

Get Your Project Back on Track

Written on January 12, 2016 by

Mitzi, a portfolio manager with a regional insurance provider, was sent into a project that had been underway for a couple of years. “It was behind its deadlines, way over budget, and the team was pretty demoralized on it because all they heard about were all the failures.” How do you get a project like…

Ernst & Young Buys UMT Consulting

Written on January 11, 2016 by

Project and portfolio management consultancy UMT has been acquired by Ernst & Young in the United States. The smaller firm, which has offices in 10 locations, was named Microsoft PPM partner of the year in 2013. Earlier this year EY formed a strategic alliance with Microsoft to work with enterprise customers in making the transition to…

How to Estimate Your Project Effort

Written on January 6, 2016 by

The practice of estimating in project management is one of the most challenging. Whether you’re trying to figure out project effort, duration or cost, given the inherent uncertainty of projects and their uniqueness, we often end up “guesstimating.” This article provides techniques to use in order to be as accurate as possible in doing your…

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