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How Binary Thinking Can Turn into Critical Thinking

Written on September 16, 2019 by

Technology has brought ones and zeros into the workplace. This computer-generated number system brings some added benefits, such as more efficiency and accuracy for the work. You are better able to connect instantaneously with others from all walks of life and more effectively manage large amounts of information. This connectivity also gives you the ability…

The Shape of Performance Reporting

Written on September 10, 2019 by

An Outline that Can Be Used for Tracking Progress It could be said that communication is the oil that keeps a project running smoothly. Project managers (PMs) can spend up to 90 percent of their time on internal and external communications. Communication management includes project status tracking and reporting processes. A schedule for such should…

Agile & Project PPM: The Better Together Story

Written on September 9, 2019 by

Agile PPM & Project Several years ago, Microsoft outlined their commitment to providing better experiences and richer capabilities to users of MS Project. One of the key investment areas was Agile. We have seen this evidenced with new tools coming forward. Examples include Office 365 Planner, Wunderlist which is now MS To-Do, and the Kanban…

Applying Details to the Task Form View

Written on September 6, 2019 by

In a recent blog post article, I discussed how to apply and use the Task Entry view. This view, by the way, is a combination view or “split” view that includes the Gantt Chart view in the top pane and the Task Form view in the bottom pane. What I did not explain in my…

What Should You Know about the PMP Exam 2020 Changes

Written on September 3, 2019 by

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) examination offered by Project Management Institute (PMI) is changing next year. PMI first made this announcement in June of 2019 and has made the new Examination Content Outline (ECO) available for aspiring PMPs.   Why the Change? Project management as a profession is increasing in complexity. It is evolving to…

Finding Resource Critical Paths and Eliminating Phantom Float

Written on August 30, 2019 by

  The schedule in the figure above was leveled in Project using the standard leveling order. Even though it appears to be discontinuous, the critical path is correct. It takes into account the leveling delay (lag) between tasks 4 and 5, but, what is causing that leveling delay? The start of task 2 depends on…

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…

Eliminate the Confusion: Understanding the Peak Field

Written on August 26, 2019 by

The 2010 version of Microsoft Project introduced some new functionality whose behavior has confused and confounded users with all degrees of experience, from absolute beginners to power users. Microsoft introduced this new functionality to fix a bug that had been present in the software since I first started using it many years ago. When Microsoft…

Webinar Recap: Using WBS Schedule Pro – By Critical Tools

Written on August 23, 2019 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Critical Tool’s Using WBS Schedule Pro showcase session 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. There may…

All About…Project Manager Nomads

Written on August 20, 2019 by

  The Day I Knew I Was One… Ironically, it was while managing a program to provide upgraded yurts to nomadic people in Southwest China. I realized that after almost 40 years of doing this type of work, I’d become as nomadic as those on the Tibetan plateau that I was trying to help—only perhaps…

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