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Dale Howard

About: Dale Howard

Dale Howard is the Director of Education for Sensei Project Solutions.  He is in his 15th year of serving as a Microsoft Project MVP (or Most Valuable Professional) and is currently one of only 39 Microsoft Project MVPs in the entire world. Dale is the co-author of 21 books on Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online. He works out of his home in Ellisville, Missouri (a west suburb of St. Louis).

All Articles and Webinars by Dale Howard

Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Project

Written on September 3, 2018, by

Background Information Each of the applications in Microsoft Office includes a Quick Access Toolbar, displayed by default in the upper left corner of the application window. In Figure 1, you can see the default Quick Access Toolbar in the upper left corner of my Microsoft Project application window.   Microsoft intends for us to customize…

Taking Over an Enterprise Project for a Fellow Project Manager

Written on August 13, 2018, by

Scenario Connie Campaign is a fellow project manager who will be taking paid time off for three weeks beginning next week. During the time she is out, you will take over and manage her Collateral for Credit Card Reader R200 project. You cannot currently see her project in either Microsoft Project Professional or in the…

About Those Pesky Question Marks in the Duration Column

Written on July 31, 2018, by

When working within a new project, have you ever noticed those question marks in the Duration column for every task that has the default duration of 1 day? If memory serves me correctly, Microsoft introduced a new feature called Estimated Durations in Microsoft Project 2000. In fact, I distinctly remember how very experienced users of…

Best Practices for Baselining and Variance Analysis

Written on April 10, 2018, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1.5 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: In Microsoft Project, a baseline is like a “snapshot” of your project before you begin entering actual progress. In this MPUG webinar, you will learn the following: Best…

Do You Know Enough About Baselining?

Written on April 2, 2018, by

In Microsoft Project, a baseline is like a “snapshot” of your project before you begin entering actual progress. Following best practices for baselining is essential to the success of any project, but do you know enough about what types of data are saved in a baseline, where to view this data, and how that all…

A Project Server Class Turned into Sports Fans

Written on March 31, 2018, by

Many years ago, I was teaching a Project Server class to a group of project managers in New Orleans. The class was held in the fall during the football season, and they told me they were all big LSU Tigers football fans. Because I am a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, as a joke on the second…

Create a Monthly Cash Flow Report in Microsoft Project 2016

Written on February 19, 2018, by

One of the useful new features introduced in Microsoft Project 2013, and continued in the 2016 version of the software, is the Dashboard Reports feature. This feature replaces the old paper-based reports feature found in Microsoft Project 2010 and all previous versions of the software.  Although I personally love these Dashboard Reports, they have one…

Analyzing Progress Slippage on Fixed Duration Tasks

Written on February 5, 2018, by

Background Information Many years ago, it was my privilege to work for seven months with a group of schedulers at a large company in New Orleans. At the time, the schedulers were using the new Microsoft tool named Project Central, which became the forerunner to Project Server and Project Online. In their Microsoft Project schedules,…

Warm Yourself Up with 4 Sizzling Pointers for Project Online Application Administrators

Written on January 22, 2018, by

Introduction Serving as a Project Online Application Administrator for your organization can be an overwhelming experience. There are many features to set up in the system, and the right way to set them up is not always as obvious or as intuitive as we’d like it to be. Using a trial and error approach for…

Using the Locked Column to Prevent Task Updates

Written on December 5, 2017, by

Problem One of the challenges facing project managers who use the Microsoft PPM solution (Project Online or Project Server) is how to prevent team members from entering additional time on completed tasks. For example, two weeks ago a team member named Mickey Cobb used the Timesheet page in Project Web App to enter time on…

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