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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 #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…

What to Expect on the First Day with a Project Consultant

Written on August 23, 2016, by

As a consultant I move around a lot between clients. In this article I share some insights about what a typical first day looks like when I’m visiting a new customer. Most of the time the sales people have already established a basic outline of the work that needs to be done. And being a…

3 Incorrect Ways to Do Scheduling with Microsoft Project

Written on June 14, 2016, by

Want to continue creating great Microsoft Project Schedules. Last time I shared three best practice “DO’s” to follow on scheduling. This time I’ll share three things to avoid. DON’T Use the Start and Finish Columns Microsoft Project is a scheduling tool with a true passion for dynamic information. In other words, it works best when…

3 Correct Ways to Do Great Scheduling with Microsoft Project

Written on May 31, 2016, by

Want to create great Microsoft Project schedules? Follow the three best practices I provide in this article. Next time, I’ll share three more best practices to avoid. DO Create a WBS As soon as you schedule a project, your next best step is to get a good understanding of all the work that needs to…

8 Tips for Introducing Project 2016 into Your Organization

Written on November 9, 2015, by

  Introducing Microsoft Project 2016 into your organization can be a project in and of itself. There are a lot of things to consider on your journey. Let me help you out with tips to smooth your ride.           Determine Where You Come From Knowing your current situation will be very…

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Forgetting to Set a Status Date

Written on April 7, 2015, by

This is the last article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can be useful for all versions of the product. This article will be about setting a status date. Flaw #1: Date-Related Planning Flaw #2: Capacity as Activity  Flaw #3: Lack of Structure (Work Breakdown Structure) Flaw #4: Too…

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