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Eric Uyttewaal

About: Eric Uyttewaal

Eric Uyttewaal is one of the foremost trainers, consultants and authors on portfolio and project management software from Microsoft. He authored the books Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010/2013. He founded ProjectPro that specializes in Microsoft Project and Project Server. Eric has been involved in large programs at the Canadian Forces, IBM Cognos, Northrop Grumman, SanDisk and Investors Group. He was President of the PMI Ottawa Chapter in 1997. Eric received awards from MPUG in 2012 (Community leader), from Microsoft since 2010 (MVP) and from PMI in 2009 ("Significant Contributions to the Scheduling Profession"). .

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Good Project Advice

Written on August 8, 2017, by

These tips and traps from a project management and scheduling expert cover the essence of project scheduling, framing the workday properly and handling out-of-scope requests. No Dates When you schedule electronically, you should not enter start of finish dates for tasks. If you use Microsoft Project to simply capture dates and only dates, you may…

Agile is Not Always the Answer — How to Determine the Right Scheduling Approach for your Project

Written on October 7, 2016, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: There are several scheduling approaches for projects: Agile, Critical Path, Resource-Critical Path, Critical Chain, Earned Value and Earned Work. In his article published in the MPUG-newsletter,  Eric proposed a…

Improving Project Schedules with ProjectPro Forecast Scheduling App

Written on July 15, 2016, 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: Project schedules should be dynamic schedules that maintain themselves when update information is entered. Project Schedules generate the most benefit for an organization if they forecast projects well. ProjectPro developed an…

Caging Your Wild Animals: How to Choose the Best Scheduling Approach for Your Project

Written on May 3, 2016, by

We have seen a flurry of articles on the versatility of agile, the solidity of the critical path method, the virtues of critical chain and the robustness of earned value. Is there one approach that is objectively the best? Is there one that performs best in any project situation? The original critical path doesn’t perform…

A Tsunami Happened but Nobody Noticed the Wave … Yet!

Written on March 7, 2016, by

Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes below the ocean. They can occur in any ocean in the world. The earthquake displaces a massive amount of water that forms a wave. This wave is slowly rolling to the shores of the United States as I write these words. Are you ready? The earthquake happened when the U.S….

Level with Me: Advanced Resource Management with Microsoft Project and Project Server

Written on February 23, 2016, 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: There are only so many hours in a day and only so much we can do at once. Accepting this “reality” is a key to successful project management and the…

From Task Manager to People Manager – The Next Generation of Project Managers

Written on January 20, 2016, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Leadership talent triangle category. If you are claiming this session, you must submit it to your MPUG Webinar History after it has been completed in its entirety. Event Description: “Project managers” really are “people managers”. However, project…

3 Tips on Managing Projects and Clients

Written on September 24, 2015, by

1. At ProjectPro, we created a guideline that we call the 1%-10% rule. The duration of any lowest-level task should be between a minimum and maximum duration. The minimum duration is 1% of the project duration. The maximum is 10% of the project duration. There are some exceptions the rule. We recommend you do not…

3 Task Tips

Written on September 18, 2015, by

1. Before entering any tasks, you have to specify how many work hours equal a workday by using option Hours per Day on the tab Schedule (ribbon File, item Options). Microsoft Project uses this setting to convert between time units; it is the time unit conversion factor. All durations will be recalculated when you change this…

4 Handy Microsoft Project Scheduling Tips

Written on September 13, 2015, by

1. When you schedule electronically, you should not enter start or finish dates for tasks. If you use Microsoft Project to simply capture dates and only dates, you may as well use Microsoft Excel instead. With MS Project, you enter durations and dependencies instead of dates to create a forecast model. The software then calculates start…

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