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Erik van Hurck

About: Erik van Hurck

Erik van Hurck is a consultant at Projectum, a Microsoft gold partner with offices in Denmark and The Netherlands. Erik has experience with the desktop and server versions of Microsoft Project from version 2007 and newer. Most of his current client work involves Project Online. Erik enjoys delivering training courses and brainstorming sessions about portfolio and program management. In 2013 Erik started The Project Corner, a well-received blog. Contact Erik at

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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…

Common Issues in Project Management #5: Four Things Not to Do When Creating Reports in MS Project

Written on January 16, 2018, by

I’ve created my fair share of Project, Program, and Portfolio Reports. Based on that knowledge, I wanted to share with you some common issues I notice within organizations. I hope, as you read these, you’ll see if they apply to your organization, be able to improve based on this article, and let me know if…

Resource Management: Lost in the Woods? Here is Your Way Out

Written on December 6, 2017, by and

Resource management is a complex subject. There are many aspects to resource management using Project Server or Project Online. Just look at this course from ProjectPro Corp that outlines those aspects: Capacity planning, demand management, balancing, allocation, optimizing and leveling. These are just some of the terms that you need to be aware of…

Common issues in Project management #4: Don’t set progress in the schedule

Written on November 13, 2017, by

Planning is one thing Let’s assume you know your way around the Gantt chart view. Let’s say you know what a WBS is (watch this YouTube video and Jigs MPUG article if you are not sure). And that you know that setting dependencies between tasks are a lot better than setting dates on each task…

Common Issues in Project Management #3: Micromanaging the Team

Written on October 16, 2017, by

In this article I would like to explore a key issue that many Project managers struggle with. It’s an exploration into the term “Micromanagement”. There is a lot you can find on the subject, and I will end the article with some references to earlier articles on MPUG and other sources for you to enjoy….

Common Issues in PM: Managing Project Documentation

Written on September 26, 2017, by

In this MPUG article we’re going to step away from Gantt charts and baselines for a change and talk a bit about documentation. I can think of no project methodology that does away with documentation. By “documentation” I mean documents, Excel sheets, AutoCAD drawings — you name it. But the deal is, where should you…

Common Issues in PM: Over-booked and Mismanaged Resources

Written on August 15, 2017, by

Most projects lean heavily on using human resources to perform the tasks that are set out in the schedule. But very few organizations are purely project-driven. That means that people (the other, friendlier name for “human resources”) work on line activities as well as projects in their daily lives. How do you find the balance…

Workdays in Microsoft Project

Written on April 25, 2017, by

What are Microsoft Project workdays? What can you change, what should you change and where do you change it? This article covers what you can expect with certain changes in the workdays settings, as well as some advice on what to do and what to leave alone. Granted, some advice might not apply to your…

5 Things to Know about Microsoft Project Baselines

Written on January 31, 2017, by

The baseline — whether it be about the schedule, the budget or the scope — is essential in projects. Without it you have no way to measure the performance of your work. But there may be a few things you don’t know about baselines in Microsoft Project. In this article I share five facets of…

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