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Ben Howard

About: Ben Howard

Awarded Community Leader for his very popular and comprehensive UK web training series. Ben Howard has over 20 years of experience of implementing enterprise solutions such as MRPII, ERP, and latterly Microsoft’s Project Online solution. During that time he’s worked for IBM, DELL, and Microsoft, as well as several smaller organisations. He now runs his own EPM consultancy (Applepark Ltd), providing Project, Project Online and Power BI implementation and training services. He has been awarded the Microsoft Most Value Professional award for Project for the last 10 years, blogs semi frequently at, has published the successful “Microsoft Project 2013 Plain and Simple” book, produces video training for Pluralsight, and finally was responsible for producing P2O, an application that exports tasks from Project into Outlook.  Follow Ben on twitter: @ben_project

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Webinar Recap: Microsoft Planner Deep Dive

Written on May 29, 2020, by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Ben Howard’s Microsoft Planner Deep Dive 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 may be…

Microsoft Planner Deep Dive

Written on May 20, 2020, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 0.75 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: In this webinar we take a deep dive into Microsoft Planner and talk about the sweet spot for using it, compared with Project or Project for the…

Microsoft Planner Deep Dive

Written on May 15, 2020, by

Microsoft Planner is all about Task Management for teams, whether that’s organizing an office move, launching a new product, or designing a call center. Planner is all about ensuring you get organized quickly and collaborate efficiently. In my upcoming webinar, we’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of Planner, showing you how to set up a plan…

Best Practices for Integration of Microsoft Project and Excel

Written on December 4, 2018, by

Introduction This article discusses Project and Excel integration points, specifically in the following areas: How to import data from Excel to Project Importing an initial last list How to export data from Project to Excel Exporting a to-do list for resources Exporting time-phased data for reporting   Why Bother with Excel? First things first! My…

Using Sprint Projects in Microsoft Project

Written on October 16, 2018, by

Introduction This is the second in a two part series covering the Agile capabilities of Microsoft Project. In the first article, we discussed Kanban boards. Now we will look at Microsoft’s Scrum implementation, or, to use the Microsoft terminology, Sprint Projects. What is a Sprint Project and a Sprint? A Sprint Project is a Microsoft…

Using Kanban Boards in Microsoft Project

Written on August 21, 2018, by

Introduction There has been a lot written over the last year regarding Microsoft’s foray into the world of Agile Project Management by way of new improvements in Microsoft Project. This article provides an update based upon one of the latest versions. We’ll discuss what’s changed recently and provide a walkthrough on setting up and using…

Modifying Microsoft’s Project Online Power BI Content Pack to Support Your Language

Written on May 8, 2018, by

Content Pack Overview If you are using Project Online (PJO) then you are probably using the OData feed for reporting purposes, the two most common options being to bring the data into Excel or Power BI. Both applications have their pros and cons, though one of the big advantages with Power BI is that Microsoft…

Using the Microsoft Planner App

Written on March 27, 2018, by

This is the second part of a two part series on using Microsoft Planner. Using the Microsoft Planner App Because Planner is cloud based, there is an App for it that installs on mobile devices. The drag and swipe nature of Planner makes it ideal for use on touch screen devices (in fact, it has…

Using Microsoft Planner

Written on March 20, 2018, by

This is the first part of a two part series on using Microsoft Planner. Planner Overview Microsoft Planner is an Office 365 application which is aimed at providing a simple, visual way to organizing teamwork. Whereas Project is really aimed at the “serious” Project Manager, providing advanced functionality such as resource and schedule management, Planner…

Keep Your Outlook Calendar Up to Date with Your Microsoft Project Tasks Using the P2O Application

Written on December 20, 2017, 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. Event Description: Outlook is the tool we all use to manage our day to day corporate and personal tasks, and yet as Project Managers or Team Members we’re also expected to…

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