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Starting a PMO

Written on March 31, 2020 by

Learning to Walk Before You Start Running PMI describes the Project Management Office (PMO) as a strategic driver for organizational excellence. The PMO seeks to enhance the practices of execution management, organizational governance, and strategic change leadership. Because of differences in organizational structures, power and politics, and culture, it would be extremely rare to ever…

Project Resource Management Tools and Techniques

Written on March 30, 2020 by

“Time is the most precious resource there is — you have to protect it.” – Jesse Itzler Most project managers are aware that time is our most precious resource, particularly as the clock of deadlines keeps ticking. However, time isn’t the only resource us project managers need to concern ourselves with. There’s the management of…

Webinar Recap: Make Project for the Web Smarter

Written on March 27, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Sai Prasad’s Make Project for the Web Smarter 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. There…

A Beginners Guide to Baselining a Project

Written on March 24, 2020 by

Throughout my career as a project manager, I have been through many project audits, but the first one is etched in my memory. During that first audit as a PM, I was asked to show the Microsoft Project schedule of my project. When I showed the schedule, the auditor asked me to then show the…

MS Project Leveling Performance

Written on March 23, 2020 by

In my recent “Is MS Project’s Leveling Optimal?” article, I covered the fact that MS Project may not produce optimally leveled schedules in terms of schedule length. The analysis showed us how well Project’s leveling performs relative to established optima. In a comment on that article, Eric Uyttewaal suggested it would be informative to explore…

Webinar Recap: Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project

Written on March 20, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Dale Howard’s Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project 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….

Lift Positive Risk-Taking

Written on March 17, 2020 by

Most people hear “project risk” and they think of an adverse event or threat that may occur. Regardless, the term carries a negative connotation, but this common belief means you may be missing out on positive risks or opportunities that potentially have a beneficial effect on your project’s deliverables and goals. When you are presented…

Microsoft Project Trivia: Options Settings – Where Are They Stored?

Written on March 16, 2020 by

Background I answered in question recently in the Project Online General Questions and Answers user forum. The user asked a question was about the leveling options found in the Resource Leveling dialog and how to distribute those leveling options settings to other Microsoft Project users in his organization. I thought the question was interesting, and…

Managing Portfolios of Projects with SharePoint and the Microsoft Project Sync

Written on March 13, 2020 by

Successful project management requires many key ingredients. Careful planning, scheduling, task management, resource allocation, and the right team to implement your project to name a few. You also need a process and a set of tools to manage all of the above. I typically recommend SharePoint as the best collaborative platform with which to manage…

Webinar Recap: Beyond Macros Revisited: Automating Microsoft Project for Non-Techies

Written on March 12, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Ira Brown’s Beyond Macros Revisited: Automating Microsoft Project for Non-Techies 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…

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