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Eric Uyttewaal

About: Eric Uyttewaal

Eric is a thought leader on project, program, and portfolio management. He spends most of his time using software from Microsoft. He has authored seven well-known textbooks including ‘Forecasting Programs,’ 'Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010/2013/Online,’ and ‘Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2000/2002/2003.’ He founded ProjectPro, which specializes in Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online. Eric developed several Add-ins with his team that enhance the capabilities of Microsoft Project in creating better schedules (Forecast Scheduling App), managing cross-project dependencies (CrossLinksPro), identifying and documenting the Critical Path (PathsPro) and creating S-curve reports (CurvesPro). He was president of PMI-Ottawa in 1997. Eric has received awards from PMI in 2009, from MPUG in 2012, and from Microsoft from 2010 until 2017 (MVP).

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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…

Making Your Program Feel Like a Project – by ProjectPro

Written on July 8, 2015, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Project Management 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. Making Your Program Feel Like a Project This…

A Proposal for an Automatic Indicator for Issues

Written on February 2, 2015, by

Intro Some people do not like issue management; to them it is constant firefighting. These people prefer risk management over issue management. The truth is indeed that if you do risk management perfectly, you will not need issue management. On the other hand, if you do issue management perfectly, you will still need risk management,…

Forecast Scheduling

Written on December 9, 2014, by

This article is an excerpt from the book “Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2013” by Eric Uyttewaal. See more info about how to order this book below.  What is a ‘Project Schedule’? If you ask your team members or executives what a “project schedule” is, you will probably get an answer like: the things you…

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