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Task Planning using Microsoft Project

Written on February 20, 2018 by

Start a free trial to watch the full training session and earn 1.5 PMI®​ PDUs Event Description: In this video viewers will learn how to plan out their tasks within Microsoft Project. They will learn how to add tasks to a schedule, the difference between Auto and Manually scheduled tasks, how to estimate duration and work for tasks, and…

Are You Using the Team Planner View Feature in Microsoft Project?

Written on February 20, 2018 by

Microsoft Project is a powerful scheduling tool. Like all other Microsoft Office applications, it can be personalized and adjusted to answer a specific need. This article will introduce you to a feature in Microsoft Project that is not commonly used. I will explain how I used it to satisfy a very particular requirement. This less…

Create a Monthly Cash Flow Report in Microsoft Project 2016

Written on February 19, 2018 by

One of the useful new features introduced in Microsoft Project 2013, and continued in the 2016 version of the software, is the Dashboard Reports feature. This feature replaces the old paper-based reports feature found in Microsoft Project 2010 and all previous versions of the software.  Although I personally love these Dashboard Reports, they have one…

Beyond the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium®: The Role of Relationships and Communication

Written on February 16, 2018 by

This interview with a project manager, took place during the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium® and was conducted and condensed by Kyle Brownell. Q. This event focuses on two key topics: Agile transformation and the evolving PMO. Can you speak to the importance of those topics for PMO’s today? A: Agile is important because of the…

Laying A Concrete Foundation: 5 Work Ethics Every Project Manager Must Follow

Written on February 13, 2018 by

Although project management seems a simple task to many, it become tricky to handle. How well an individual handles a project determines its success or failure. Where each project manager has some unique traits of managing a project, there are some important ethics that everyone should consider for effective results. The question arises: if different…

What You Need to Know About PMBOK 6

Written on February 12, 2018 by

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has officially released the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide Sixth Edition – electronic copies are available, printed copies are coming, and the PMP® exam will change on March 26, 2018. But, what does it all mean? What can we expect to see and what changes mean the most…

Beyond the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium®: Inspiration from the Postal Service

Written on February 8, 2018 by

This interview with a PMO manager, took place during the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium® and was conducted and condensed by Kyle Brownell. Q. This event focuses on two key topics: Agile transformation and the evolving PMO. Can you speak to the importance of those topics for PMO’s today? A: It is important especially for me…

Common Issues in Project Management: A Wrap Up

Written on February 6, 2018 by

I wanted to wrap up a series of posts that started in August 2017 with the article about over-booked and mismanaged resources. In total, we looked at six common issues in project management. Just as the posts on incorrect use of MS Project stand-alone, this series centered around best practices and was based on the…

Analyzing Progress Slippage on Fixed Duration Tasks

Written on February 5, 2018 by

Background Information Many years ago, it was my privilege to work for seven months with a group of schedulers at a large company in New Orleans. At the time, the schedulers were using the new Microsoft tool named Project Central, which became the forerunner to Project Server and Project Online. In their Microsoft Project schedules,…

Beyond the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium®: An Excursion to the Houston Food Bank

Written on February 2, 2018 by

This interview with Bob D, took place during the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium® and was conducted and condensed by Kyle Brownell. Q. This event focuses on two key topics: Agile transformation and the evolving PMO. Can you speak to the importance of those topics for PMO’s today? A. From a PMO perspective, the primary message…

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