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Sam Huffman

About: Sam Huffman

Sam Huffman first gained insight into Microsoft Project while working as a member of the MS Project development and support team. He has maintained his depth of knowledge of MS Project with each release and is a leading authority in the use and features of MS Project, Project Server and Project Online. Since the early 1990's Sam has honed his instruction skills by delivering training programs to thousands every year. Sam is a frequent content contributor to the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG) and speaks to groups often about MS Project, Enterprise Project Management and the discipline of Project Management. He was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional from 2010-2017. Check out his blog on MS Project. The softcover version of my newest book Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts is now available for purchase! You can order it HERE. It is portable, brief and to the point so you can find help when you need it. Through tips, best practices and examples it will help you jumpstart your project!

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Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Enter Task Durations

Written on November 2, 2017, by

The following in an excerpt from chapter 4 of Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts by Sam Huffman. Part of the MPUG Essentials Training. Download full version of chapter 4. Once the outline is entered in Microsoft® Project, you are ready to estimate and enter task durations. This is accomplished by typing the estimated duration in minutes, hours, days, weeks…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Project

Written on September 27, 2017, 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: Sam Huffman delivers a presentation on more of his famous Do’s and Dont’s, focusing on the top things NOT to do in your project, and why! Presenter Info: Sam…

Reporting Your Way!

Written on June 21, 2017, 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: Learn how to “tweak” Project’s cool reporting tool so your reports are more informative! This one hour webinar illustrates the built-in and custom reporting capabilities of Project 2013 and…

Do’s and Don’ts: Using Hammock Tasks

Written on October 18, 2016, by

Every so often I’m asked to reproduce a project management technique in Microsoft Project that isn’t a named feature in the software. Such is the case with “hammock” tasks. A hammock task is a task that has a variable duration. The duration is controlled entirely by other tasks in another or the same project. The…

Sequencing Strategies in Microsoft Project

Written on September 28, 2016, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle Event Description:  The project schedule is composed of many moving parts but sequencing is one of the primary driving variables. Sequencing decisions can extend or compress a schedule and so it…

Do’s and Don’ts: Use Resource Labels

Written on April 19, 2016, by

A problem frequently posed to me is this: “I don’t have the need for full resource management in Microsoft Project. I have simple projects and manage few people. I don’t need to worry about over-allocation or leveling resources. I don’t track resource cost or work by individual. What I do need is a label on…

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts

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:  This session will walk the attendee through 9 practices that are sure to be problematic. Topics will include but are not limited to: Including summary tasks in project sequencing; Assigning…

Block Scheduling

Written on April 16, 2015, by

  Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman explains “Block Scheduling” and how it is used when a task within a project is driving all of the other tasks as well as the project start and finish dates. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webinar training sessions and hundreds more on-demand.   Take a look at our…

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts: Creating a Risk Assessment Dashboard: Part 4

Written on April 14, 2015, by

This article will make the most sense if you read the previous three (short) parts first: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 In this final segment of the series I will create a custom group for use in reporting and graphing purposes. The report will look similar to the figure below at the end of this blog….

Splitting Task Assignments

Written on March 9, 2015, by

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows you how to split task assignments when one resource must stop working on a task and another resource must finish it. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webinar training sessions and hundreds more on-demand. Take a look at our other Project video tips from Sam. Have a suggestion for…

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