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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Make Your Life Easier with Project Macros

Written on August 31, 2016 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. Download the slides from this session. Event Description: Ever want to build macros to make routine tasks easier and more efficient in Microsoft Project, but you are not a programmer?  This presentation…

Ind Zara – Project Management Toolkit Excel Templates

Written on August 31, 2016 by

  Product Summary: A set of Excel files to help users speed up project management.         These Excel-based templates cover six jobs: Project Manager: Designed to help you or a novice user manage a single project at a time. You can set a baseline plan, track actual progress and compare the current…

How to Decide When to Upgrade Your Microsoft Project Software

Written on August 29, 2016 by

I receive a lot of questions from customers asking if they should upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Project. And why not? As of right now I work with clients who have all of these versions: Microsoft Project 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 as well as Project Pro for Office 365. Making the…

The Agile Project Manager: Your Guide to Risk Management

Written on August 26, 2016 by

Risk management works differently in agile project management vs. waterfall. In this article I highlight the basic differences and offer guidance for choosing the most effective method for your current environment. I also offer four tips for staying on track with risk management when you undertake project management using an agile discipline. Risk Management in…

What to Expect on the First Day with a Project Consultant

Written on August 23, 2016 by

As a consultant I move around a lot between clients. In this article I share some insights about what a typical first day looks like when I’m visiting a new customer. Most of the time the sales people have already established a basic outline of the work that needs to be done. And being a…

What’s New in Excellent Scheduling Guidance

Written on August 22, 2016 by

It has been roughly four years since the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) updated its “Planning & Scheduling Excellence Guide” (PASEG). Now this organization, which promotes communication between defense industry companies and the U.S. government, has made version 3.0 available. The idea of the PASEG is to offer guidance to program management teams on practical approaches…

2 Ways to Manage Resource Availability in Microsoft Project

Written on August 16, 2016 by

When starting to plan the development of a new project, one important task for the project manager is to identify the roles and responsibilities required to deliver the project based upon the agreed scope. You also will need to have a clear understanding of the availability of the resources that play roles throughout the project…

How To Remove (blank) Values in Your Excel Pivot Table

Written on August 15, 2016 by

You might call it perfectionism, but I hate when my reports don’t look their best. One of the most irritating elements is the “(blank)” text you may have on your Excel pivot tables. I’ve tried some pivot table options to eliminate that word, “blank,” but nothing seems to work properly. So I’ve come up with…

The Agile Project Manager: Agile Disciplines Part 2

Written on August 9, 2016 by

In my last article, I shared details about three forms of agile disciplines: dynamic systems development method, scrum and extreme programming. In part two of this two-part story, we’ll explore several more agile methodologies: Rational Unified Process, Kanban and lean software development, feature-driven development and Crystal. Rational Unified Process Rational Unified Process or RUP is…

A Free Project Pipeline Tracker for Excel

Written on August 8, 2016 by

This free Excel Template allows you to track projects and calculate your effectiveness in completing them. I find it applicable for scenarios where all the projects go through the same set of pre-defined stages in sequence. For example, all building projects may have three stages: plan, design and build. Once planning is completed, designing begins;…

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