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Agile Release Planning: Let’s Break It Down!

Written on December 11, 2018 by

Paraphrasing a well-known concept in project management, one might say, “Planning is indispensable, but plans are useless. Hence, inspect and adapt.” Traditional plans are driven by dates – most likely with an end date being the primary driving factor. In traditional project management, you gather the requirements from your stakeholders, build the scope of the…

Set the Tracking Method for Each Enterprise Project

Written on December 7, 2018 by

Background Does your organization need to specify a unique method of tracking progress for each type of Enterprise project in Project Online? Many years ago I worked with an electrical utility company that managed two types of projects using the Microsoft PPM tool: design projects and construction projects. They wanted to manage each type of…

Best Practices for Integration of Microsoft Project and Excel

Written on December 4, 2018 by

Introduction This article discusses Project and Excel integration points, specifically in the following areas: How to import data from Excel to Project Importing an initial last list How to export data from Project to Excel Exporting a to-do list for resources Exporting time-phased data for reporting   Why Bother with Excel? First things first! My…

Taking the PMP® Exam Soon? A Sample Question

Written on December 3, 2018 by

  As we discussed a few weeks ago, planning for, taking, and passing the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam can stressful. We hope you enjoyed the article on How to Avoid the Seven Most Common PMP Exam Mistakes, and learned something, too. Now, let’s consider the sample question below:     Question You are assigned…

Performance Based Leadership

Written on November 27, 2018 by

Let me start by asking a few questions… Do you want to get your projects done? Do you want people to enjoy working for you? Do you consider yourself a performance-based leader? Project Managers need to be able to lead a team to achieve results on time and on budget. Your team members may not…

Schedule Tasks to Occur on the First Working Day of Each Month

Written on November 26, 2018 by

Background Information Several months back, a user posted an interesting question in my company’s Microsoft Project user forum. The user was managing a project in which there were tasks that needed to be scheduled to occur on the first working day of each month. He indicated that he knew he could use a Start No…

Five Must Have Core Competencies for Project Managers

Written on November 23, 2018 by

No matter the industry or size of the project, every project manager is tasked with juggling multiple day-to-day operations. Even small-scale projects can be complex, comprised of hundreds of cross-functional activities that need to be executed under tight timelines with budgets at stake. As a project manager, you’re a change agent working with your team….

Five Ways to Build Positive Relationships with Stakeholders

Written on November 20, 2018 by

With many forms and faces and with a variety of roles, stakeholders are a valuable part of any project. Based on a recent article by Robert Youlker, stakeholders comprise people both inside and outside of an organization who have an interest in a problem and its solution. Fractured relationships with stakeholders can create a fragmented…

Enjoy the Turkey: A Project Manager’s Guide to Surviving Thanksgiving Day

Written on November 19, 2018 by

Originally published on Wrike Blog. Used with permission. Many people see project management as a complicated tangle of work breakdown structures, spreadsheets, critical path timelines, risk assessments… There’s a reason they give out certifications for this stuff! But as David Allen astutely points out everyone is a project manager — especially on Thanksgiving Day. What…

Two Ways to Sync Microsoft Project with Your SharePoint Project Site

Written on November 13, 2018 by

First things first! At the start of any project, you need to decide how and with which tool you will manage your project. At BrightWork, our recommendation is that SharePoint is the best collaborative platform with which to manage a project. For more experienced Project Managers, SharePoint will not have all the project planning capabilities…

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