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Erik van Hurck

About: Erik van Hurck

Erik van Hurck is a Senior PPM consultant for Projectum, a western European Microsoft Partner with offices in Denmark and The Netherlands. On top of that Erik is a Microsoft MVP. As such, Erik assists enterprise customers to adopt the new Project Online cloud solution for Project and Portfolio Management. Erik has a personal blog ( and is also a writer for the Microsoft Project User Group (

All Articles and Webinars by Erik van Hurck

Roadmap: A Program Managers New Friend

Written on January 29, 2019, by

In a recent video, I got some firsthand experience with the new Microsoft tool called Roadmap. In this article, I would like to share a couple of things: What is it? What should we use it for? What could be improved?   What is Roadmap? Roadmap was announced at the Ignite 2018 event. The new…

How to Get the Most Out of Your Microsoft Project Reports

Written on December 18, 2018, by

Do you ever get the feeling you are just using just a small part of an application? Or that there is so much more to explore in a tool? That there might be low hanging fruit, just out of reach, because you never heard of its existence? I believe that the out of the box…

The Innovative PPM World – How Microsoft is Changing the Project Management Game

Written on November 14, 2018, by

  Download a copy of Erik’s presentation   Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: During Microsoft Ignite 2018, the organization presented a large number of great new features that can be leveraged by Project Managers….

The Innovative PPM World – Call to Attend

Written on November 9, 2018, by

Are you using or considering using Project Online? Have you heard about big changes coming to the Microsoft PPM world? There were a lot of big announcements during Microsoft Ignite event. Are you wondering how these new features will impact your work? Then my on-demand webinar is for you! I distill the upcoming changes in…

Combining Data Sources in Power BI

Written on September 11, 2018, by

In this article, I want to zoom in on a Power BI aspect that is very useful for any organization with a large amount of data sources. The Case Consider a situation where you run multiple projects using Project Online. You already know that there’s a great connection between Project Online and Power BI. If…

What is Teams? (From a Project Manager’s Perspective)

Written on June 26, 2018, by

In my previous post on MPUG, I shared a way to include Planner boards in Teams. Some of you might have wondered, what exactly is Teams? I would like to narrow that question down and address Teams from a Project Manager’s perspective. In this article I’ll try to answer that by briefly walking you through…

Three features You Will Like About Microsoft Planner

Written on May 1, 2018, by

On my personal blog, I once wrote that Planner is one of the better Project Management tools. It’s because this “new” app by Microsoft has grown a lot and fast. I’m not the only one that notices the power Microsoft Planner has. There has been some great content covering Planner on MPUG lately. You can…

Book review: Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Written on March 19, 2018, by and

Cindy Lewis and Erik van Hurck join forces to bring you this book review. Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone Cindy Lewis (North America) and Erik van Hurck (Europe) are half a world away, but they have actually been working together for many years solving customer…

Common Issues in Project Management: A Wrap Up

Written on February 6, 2018, by

I wanted to wrap up a series of posts that started in August 2017 with the article about over-booked and mismanaged resources. In total, we looked at six common issues in project management. Just as the posts on incorrect use of MS Project stand-alone, this series centered around best practices and was based on the…

Common Issues in Project Management #6: Three Things to Keep in Mind about Templates

Written on January 23, 2018, by

Last time I discussed the misuse of reports. Today I would like to focus on another item I come in frequent contact with during training sessions or implementations: the template. I’ve created dozens, maybe even hundreds, of Schedule templates in my time as a consultant. Based on that knowledge, I want to share some common…

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