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Dale Howard

About: Dale Howard

Dale Howard is the Director of Education for PROJILITY. He has used Microsoft Project since version 4.0 for Windows 95 and he has used the Microsoft PPM tool since the first version of released as Project Central in the year 2000. He is the co-author of 21 books on Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online. He is currently one of only 28 Microsoft Project MVPs in the entire world and one of only 6 in the United States.

All Articles and Webinars by Dale Howard

What Are the Most Important Options Settings in Microsoft Project?

Written on February 3, 2020, by

Introduction Microsoft Project offers three types of options in the Project Options dialog. These option types include: Application Options – These options control how the software looks and works, and they impact every project you open. You only need to set these options once, as they are not project-specific. Project-Specific Options – You can set…

Project Quick Tip: Reset a View Back to Its Default Settings

Written on January 24, 2020, by

Suppose that several days ago, you customized the Gantt Chart view by making a number of changes to the view. These changes include customizing the appearance of the Gantt Chart pane, adding several columns and removing several other columns in the Entry table, and applying cell background colors to several of the tasks in the…

Understanding “What Changed” After Approving Task Updates from PWA

Written on January 17, 2020, by

Background Information One of the challenges for project managers is understanding “what changed” after they approve pending task updates in the Approval Center page in Project Web App. In the current versions of Project Online and Project Server, it is not easy to determine the schedule changes in the enterprise project after approving the pending…

Repairing a Polluted Enterprise Global File

Written on December 6, 2019, by

Background Every few years I like to reprise some favorite topics during my career with the Microsoft project management tools. Today I want to reprise the topic of how to repair a polluted Enterprise Global file in either Project Online or Microsoft Project Server. First of all, what do I mean when I use the…

Webinar Recap: Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project

Written on December 5, 2019, by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Dale Howard’s Understanding the Cost Model 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….

Manually Entering Task Progress in Microsoft Project

Written on November 18, 2019, by

Overview If you are a project manager who manages desktop-only projects with Microsoft Project, you need to know how to manually enter task progress in your project schedules. And if you are a project manager in an organization that uses Project Online or Project Server, but your organization does not use the Timesheet page or…

Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project

Written on November 13, 2019, 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: Microsoft Project offers a robust and powerful model for managing project costs. In this one-hour webinar, Dale Howard will take you on a “deep dive” of all…

Calculating Project Costs in MS Project

Written on November 1, 2019, by

How does Microsoft Project calculate project costs? Most people assume that the calculation of project cost is the result of the formula, Standard Rate x Work. Close, but no cigar! This simple formula is only a small part of a much more robust method of calculation available in MS Project. In fact, Project offers a powerful model…

All About the Capacity Line in Project Web App

Written on October 28, 2019, by

I had an interesting discussion with a colleague recently about how Project Online calculates the Capacity values for resources shown on the Capacity Planning page in Project Web App. As a result of this conversation, allow me to provide you with a brief overview of how Project Online calculates the Capacity values for each resource…

Applying Details to the Task Form View

Written on September 6, 2019, by

In a recent blog post article, I discussed how to apply and use the Task Entry view. This view, by the way, is a combination view or “split” view that includes the Gantt Chart view in the top pane and the Task Form view in the bottom pane. What I did not explain in my…

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