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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 (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).

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Analyze Minor Variance in Microsoft Project

Written on April 25, 2019, by

Background Information Before you can analyze variance in a Microsoft Project schedule, you must save a baseline in the project. When you save a baseline, the software captures the current values for all tasks, resources, and assignments into several major fields, and a smaller number of minor fields as well. For task data, the major…

Microsoft Project Quick Tip – Ad Hoc Grouping

Written on March 18, 2019, by

Microsoft Project includes a number of built-in groups for both tasks and resources. You can use groups to organize tasks or resources into groups with similar attributes or characteristics. To apply any group, display the View ribbon and then click the Group By pick list in the Data section of the ribbon. For example, Figure…

Remove the Timeline View from the Project Center Page in PWA

Written on March 8, 2019, by

Background Some time ago in the Project Server user forum, a user asked how to remove the Timeline view at the top of the Project Center page in Project Web App (PWA). Although one of my fellow Project MVPs (Barbara Henhapl) answered the question for the user, I thought this question was interesting and would…

Webinar Recap: Best Practices for Baselining and Variance Analysis

Written on March 1, 2019, by

Please find a transcription of the audio portion of Dale Howard’s Best Practices for Baselining and Variance Analysis 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…

Creating a Program Roadmap Using the Roadmap Application

Written on February 11, 2019, by

The Problem Two of my Sensei colleagues recently shared a blog post article that provided a nice overview of the capabilities of Microsoft’s new Roadmap application, as well as how to create a new roadmap using this tool. When you begin creating your own roadmaps, you will find that it is fairly easy to add…

Understanding the Impact of Progress on Expense Cost Resources

Written on January 7, 2019, by

Background Information A user in the Microsoft Project user forum recently asked a question about problems he was experiencing with using Expense Cost resources in his project. The user stated that when he marked a task 100% complete, the Expense Cost resource assigned to the task was not marked as complete as well. What’s going…

Set the Tracking Method for Each Enterprise Project

Written on December 7, 2018, by

Background Does your organization need to specify a unique method of tracking progress for each type of Enterprise project in Project Online? Many years ago I worked with an electrical utility company that managed two types of projects using the Microsoft PPM tool: design projects and construction projects. They wanted to manage each type of…

Schedule Tasks to Occur on the First Working Day of Each Month

Written on November 26, 2018, by

Background Information Several months back, a user posted an interesting question in my company’s Microsoft Project user forum. The user was managing a project in which there were tasks that needed to be scheduled to occur on the first working day of each month. He indicated that he knew he could use a Start No…

Determine If a Filter is applied to Your Project

Written on October 22, 2018, by

Every once in a while, I will see a question like this in one of the Microsoft Project user forums: “Why can’t I see all of the tasks in my project?” Inevitably, the source of the missing tasks is that the user has a filter applied to their project without realizing it. The filter in…

Display the WBS in the Resource Usage View

Written on October 5, 2018, by

In this brief article, I would like to show you the easy way to display the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in the Resource Usage view. This view is a really wonderful way to see all of your project resources, along with the tasks assigned to each resource. As a bonus, the Resource Usage view displays…

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