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Praveen Malik

About: Praveen Malik

Praveen Malik, PMP, has two-plus decades of experience as a project management instructor and consultant. He regularly conducts project management workshops in India and abroad and shares his project management thinking in his blog, PM by PM.

All Articles and Webinars by Praveen Malik

A New Look at MS Project Task Types: Fixed Duration and Effort Driven

Written on October 8, 2019, by

What would you think if you were steering your car right, but it turned left, as if it had a mind of its own? You would probably curse the machine and say it is not meant for you. You might also think that there is Artificial Intelligence working in the background. MS Project (MSP) is…

How to Use Forward and Backward Pass for Activity Assignments

Written on September 17, 2019, by

I’m sure you know that a good schedule is critical for the project success. However, did you know that network diagrams are extremely important for creating a good project schedule? In my experience, many senior project managers and project planners shun network diagrams. They just don’t see any value in creating or analyzing them. In…

Do NOT Resolve Project Risks for Good Career Growth

Written on August 27, 2019, by

Having been a project manager for all of my working life and now a teacher of project management skills for more than a decade, I always tell my students to follow sound project management principles and to manage risks proactively. Proactive project risk management is integral part of project management. In fact, I think good…

Why Time Constraint is the Most Important Project Management Constraint

Written on July 30, 2019, by

Frederick P. Brooks Jr., in his famous book, The Mythical Man-Month, wrote, “Adding human resources to a late software project makes it later.” His statement is popularly known as Brooks’ law. Even before the book was published, project managers and other project stakeholders knew that project duration cannot always be shortened by adding more resources….

Can Project Duration Estimation be done without Assumptions?

Written on July 9, 2019, by

One of the most frequently asked questions when someone is about to start a new task is likely, “how much time will it take?” Time is limited. Our lives are limited, and unfortunately, we just cannot wish away time limitations. That is why duration estimation is one of the most important aspects of project management….

Why Most Project Managers Fail to Differentiate Between Risks and Issues

Written on June 11, 2019, by

Jason’s face was totally blank and his eyes were still. He looked completely disinterested in the proceedings. Jason (name changed) is a senior project manager with a small IT services company based in Canada. Jason was a well-respected figure in his company. His subordinates loved him, and his seniors had a very high regard for…

Why You Should Add Microsoft Project Visual Reports to Your PM Toolkit

Written on August 1, 2016, by

Do you understand how to use Visual Reports in Microsoft Project? In my experience, seldom do project managers use any kind of Project reports — let alone the visual ones — even when they understand how to. To help PMs cross this chasm, I’m going to provide a quick and painless introduction to Visual Reports…

6 Practical Scenarios Where Excel Import is Useful

Written on May 24, 2016, by

I’m a software engineer by education. In 1997 I was working for a software development company, managing small software projects with the help of a small team. In the same year, I was introduced to Microsoft Project. In 1997 Project wasn’t particularly popular, even though it had been around for a few years. It had…

8 Places where Microsoft Excel Scores for Project Management

Written on April 5, 2016, by

Which tool would you use for project scheduling — Microsoft Project or Microsoft Excel? I’m guessing your answer (like mine) would be Project. It has many inherent advantages over Excel. (If you’re not convinced, then consider reading this MPUG classic in which author Keith Wilson provides compelling reasons why Project is better at scheduling projects.)…

Rethink Your Project Risk Management Strategy

Written on March 15, 2016, by

If I were to ask you what your project management risk strategy was, would you respond something like this? “Duh! We will deal with the problem when it comes.” In my experience, that is the most common approach to project risk management or response strategy. However, that doesn’t make it a good strategy. I believe…

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