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The Case of the Accidental PM

Written on December 10, 2019 by

Sure, “The Accidental” this and the “The Accidental” that is such a cliché, yet when you google “Accidental Project Manager,” you get 24 million results. Results like 4 Ways to Succeed as an Accidental Project Manager and 6 Tips for the Accidental Project Manager top the list. Even the PMI Learning Library has an article…

Microsoft’s Latest Version of Project is Finally Here!

Written on December 9, 2019 by

Microsoft Releases the New Microsoft Project for the Web The new version of Project, is being called by some “Modern Project,” or as I’ll refer to it “P4W” or Project for the Web.” It’s an entirely new product that is being built from the ground up to work completely in the cloud (Office 365 and…

Repairing a Polluted Enterprise Global File

Written on December 6, 2019 by

Background Every few years I like to reprise some favorite topics during my career with the Microsoft project management tools. Today I want to reprise the topic of how to repair a polluted Enterprise Global file in either Project Online or Microsoft Project Server. First of all, what do I mean when I use the…

Webinar Recap: Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project

Written on December 5, 2019 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Dale Howard’s Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of webinar content….

PMO Best Practices: 7 Steps for Better Schedule Management

Written on December 3, 2019 by

A few years ago, I was hired as a Project Management Office (PMO) consultant for a software products company. My assignment was to setup their PMO, implement best practices, and oversee projects for twelve months before handing over the setup to the client. My assignment ended up lasting thirteen months. Some would say it’s an…

Five Ethical Tips for Project Managers

Written on December 2, 2019 by

Let’s consider the role ethics plays in the world of project management. Everything from day-to-day interactions and activities to overall project goals are touched by ethical guidelines in some manner. With a great role comes great responsibility, and project managers are held to high standards as they are the people who make decisions for and…

The 7 Questions Every PMP Exam Student Asks Their Coach

Written on November 26, 2019 by

When students start their Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam prep (for the first time, or again after having failed the exam), there are a number of questions that come up time and time again. In this article we share the top 7 questions that every student asks us in our role as their PMP® exam…

Benefits Realization Management for Projects

Written on November 26, 2019 by

Let’s say an organization is taking initiative to build a Smart Website for its internal and external stakeholders which employs artificial intelligence (AI). Two project managers are shortlisted to manage the project. During a pre-project discussion meeting with business owners, organizational leaders, and other stakeholders, one project manager informs the group of the following: The…

A Beginner’s Guide to Resource Leveling in MS Project

Written on November 25, 2019 by

How would you feel about someone else doing a job for you and not charging you a penny? I am sure we’ve all had moments when this would sound pretty good, but what if this person botched up the job or did something that you just couldn’t understand? Well, then you would likely be pretty…

Power BI Got You Puzzled?

Written on November 22, 2019 by

Using Microsoft Project Online or Project Server is commonplace for many Project Managers and report writers alike. Of course, there are reports online which provide project or portfolio views. There are also useful reports in Project Professional, showing a single project. However, these are difficult to use when trying to combine other data sources or…

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