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Resource Leveling: Problem Indicators

Written on May 26, 2017 by

Who doesn’t like a good mystery movie? They’re chockful of timelines, inter-related events and lots of clues that, when understood, help the viewer arrive at a solution. These same attributes can also describe an uncooperative project schedule. But while a good mystery is entertaining and goes great with popcorn, a project schedule that won’t schedule…

Resource Leveling: Scheduling vs. Leveling

Written on May 23, 2017 by

“Don’t click the level button — it messes up your schedule.” How many times have you said this or heard it? If I had a nickel for each time I’ve heard this over the course of 25-plus years, well, let’s just say I’d be a wee bit closer to a comfortable retirement. There’s a truth…

Are Your Project Managers Strong Project Leaders?

Written on May 22, 2017 by

First, They’re Uncommonly Good Leaders Leadership seems to come easily to them and they appear to love leading. They need to be able to motivate people about the large-scale change that may be coming in the project. All organization-wide projects involve change, whether it’s a new system or new processes that are coming into play…

Manually Entering Task Costs — How Is This Even Possible?

Written on May 16, 2017 by

I recently learned something new about Microsoft Project. This new knowledge is an extension of how Project calculates the Cost value for each task. As most of us already know, the software calculates the Cost value for each task as the sum of the Cost values for each resource assigned to the task. For example,…

Storytelling with Your Gantt Chart

Written on May 15, 2017 by

“Storytelling” is something marketing experts have been talking about for years, as a better way to communicate brands, products and what sets businesses apart. It’s now a recognized, tried and true approach, and one that has taken a foothold due to its effectiveness. Our customer experiences online are, in large part, shaped by “stories” that…

Periodic Tasks for Project Server Administrators

Written on May 9, 2017 by

As a Microsoft PFE supporting Microsoft Project Server, I often get asked what Project Server administrators should do as part of their regular job. Here’s my suggested list. Daily Check the queue for Failed and Blocking jobs. Review the errors related to failed and blocking jobs to troubleshoot. Check for nightly cube build failures. Cancel…

Projects in the Fast Lane: Getting High Performance from a Cross-Cultural Team

Written on May 8, 2017 by

Enabling cross cultural teams to perform well can be tricky when constrained by time and stakeholder expectations of high performance, but the results are worth the effort. In the hustle of today’s business urgencies and emergencies, cross-organizational and cross-national (international) teams are called upon to solve complex, multi-discipline challenges. Rarely are these teams given sufficient…

How Microsoft Project Calculates Task Duration

Written on May 2, 2017 by

Ever wondered why a task starting on 1/2/17 and ending on 1/30/17 displays a duration value of three days while a task starting on 1/2/17 and ending on 1/6/17 displays a duration value of five days? Or why an allocation of three hours on one day is a duration value of 0.75 days, while an…

Organizational Politics

Written on May 1, 2017 by

Do you remember the Microsoft Windows game Minesweeper? You had a game board covered with squares that could contain bombs. The goal was to clear the board without blowing yourself up. It wasn’t impossible; but you needed to think through things and develop a strategy to accomplish the goal. Organizational politics can be a lot…

Workdays in Microsoft Project

Written on April 25, 2017 by

What are Microsoft Project workdays? What can you change, what should you change and where do you change it? This article covers what you can expect with certain changes in the workdays settings, as well as some advice on what to do and what to leave alone. Granted, some advice might not apply to your…

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