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Monthly Archives: January 2019

Roadmap: A Program Managers New Friend

Written on January 29, 2019 by

In a recent video, I got some firsthand experience with the new Microsoft tool called Roadmap. In this article, I would like to share a couple of things: What is it? What should we use it for? What could be improved?   What is Roadmap? Roadmap was announced at the Ignite 2018 event. The new…

Slam on the Breaks! – The Challenges of Communication and Three Steps to Overcome Them

Written on January 28, 2019 by

In addition to the dozens of other hats I wear, I occasionally serve as a technical manuscript editor for a major publisher. In reading the work of others, I’m reminded how profoundly we miscommunicate without realizing it. Some of you read the title for this article, recognizing the non-spellcheckable glaring typo in it.  Think about…

The 7 Best Practices for Change Management

Written on January 25, 2019 by

“Change is the only constant in life” is a popular saying first uttered by Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus. We know in both our personal and professional lives that change is certain. Perhaps no one knows it better than a seasoned project manager. No matter how well we’ve planned and thought things out, most project…

Different ways to track project progress with Microsoft Project

Written on January 23, 2019 by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: This is a – from zero to hero session (1 hour) which will clarify how project progress can be tracked from a very simple to a very…

Real Time Collaboration: A Better Seat at the Circus

Written on January 22, 2019 by

You can tell an aging project manager by the metaphors they use to explain things, and such is the case today, as I’ll be using the rather antique notion of a three-ring circus (once the greatest show on earth), to explain the newer concept within Project Management of “real-time” collaboration. I also plan to tell…

An Agile Attitude: Part 2

Written on January 21, 2019 by

In Part 1, we looked at the history of Agile and the Waterfall vs. Agile model. Now, I’d like to pick up where we left off and consider how MSP is adapting to more and more organizations implementing Agile.   A Short History of Microsoft Project (Or How MSP is Adapting to Agile) Microsoft Project…

Less Stress Isn’t Always Best – Tips for Handling Stress as a Project Manager

Written on January 18, 2019 by

Stress is a part of work. You may experience it from external activities such as deadlines, time constraints, disconnects in communication, and/or errors in work processes. There are also internal stressors that come from challenges to your personal feelings and beliefs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s NIOSH report found that 40% of workers…

An Agile Attitude: Part 1

Written on January 15, 2019 by

Implementing Agile can be challenging but rewarding Implementing Agile can be very challenging for many organizations (especially in Waterfall development cultures), but at the same time, it can be rewarding. This article covers a short history of Agile methodology, which became main stream this decade to rev up software development with a faster approach. It…

How to Manage Task Progress in Microsoft Project?

Written on January 14, 2019 by

As you know, Microsoft Project is a tool for planning and tracking progress of given projects. While there is a lot of time invested for project planning, people (call them Project Managers) usually have no strategy for project tracking, or, if they have, they have one method for the tracking of all tasks. That doesn’t…

Webinar Recap: Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Set Up For Success

Written on January 11, 2019 by

Please find a transcription of the audio portion of Sam Huffman’s Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Set Up For Success webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content….

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