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5 Things You Must Do to Manage Projects with Microsoft Project

Written on December 8, 2017 by

5 things you must DO to manage projects successfully with Microsoft Project. From the expert that helped build it and wrote the book. 1. Do organize the project logically. Use summary tasks to outline your project for logical reporting. 1 Letters 1.1 A 1.2 B 2 Numbers 2.1 One 2.2 Two 2.3 C 1.1 and 1.2…

Resource Management: Lost in the Woods? Here is Your Way Out

Written on December 6, 2017 by and

Resource management is a complex subject. There are many aspects to resource management using Project Server or Project Online. Just look at this course from ProjectPro Corp that outlines those aspects: https://projectprocorp.com/pages/managing-resources-with-project-server-2016. Capacity planning, demand management, balancing, allocation, optimizing and leveling. These are just some of the terms that you need to be aware of…

Using the Locked Column to Prevent Task Updates

Written on December 5, 2017 by

Problem One of the challenges facing project managers who use the Microsoft PPM solution (Project Online or Project Server) is how to prevent team members from entering additional time on completed tasks. For example, two weeks ago a team member named Mickey Cobb used the Timesheet page in Project Web App to enter time on…

What Features to Expect in SharePoint 2019

Written on December 4, 2017 by

Sharepoint 2019’s development is going on in full swing. Microsoft briefed about the progress in the recently concluded Ignite conference at Orlando. This has sparked interest among potential users although the preview is slated for mid-2018. Sharepoint 2019 is expected to come bundled up with an array of exciting new features. The excitement among the…

Out-of-the-Box Dashboards and Reports for Microsoft PPM

Written on November 28, 2017 by

Microsoft just announced an updated Power BI Content Pack for Microsoft PPM, which allows organizations to get started quickly with dashboards and reports without requiring any customizations in Project Online.  This content pack utilizes the latest visualizations and features available in Power BI and contains 13 pages supporting portfolio, resource, and project reporting: Portfolio reporting…

Where’s My Group Field Name?

Written on November 27, 2017 by

Recently I was building an old standard view in a new project. The view spec displayed the grouped custom field name in the group bar. When I grouped by Work Area (Fig. 1), the field name disappeared (Fig. 2)! When I asked a couple of proficient users, what am I doing wrong? They gave a…

How New Technology, Better Collaboration, Simulations and Modular Designs Make for Project Success: An Examination of Nuclear Submarine Building

Written on November 21, 2017 by

Some of the largest and most expensive projects completed of late have been fraught with huge time & cost overruns. These unexpected delays and expenses cause partial or full project failures with much hardship for all involved! Yet there have been a few cases where multi-billion dollar projects have been completed on time, under budget…

Components of a Good PMO

Written on November 20, 2017 by

I responded to a question on a LinkedIn group, Certified Project, Program, and Portfolio Managers, “What are the main components of a good PMO?”  Obviously, there are several different models for a PMO, so I listed what I felt are the most common.  Now that I’ve had time to contemplate, I’d like to amplify a bit…

Levels of Project Scheduling Proficiency

Written on November 14, 2017 by

Summary ‘ Time Modeling’ is the simplest way of working with project scheduling applications (like Microsoft Project and Oracle Primavera) that everyone can learn in one or two days of training (‘introductory’ level). The ‘intermediary’ level is modeling time and workloads (‘Workload Modeling’ ), which requires you to learn many more features in your scheduling application…

Common issues in Project management #4: Don’t set progress in the schedule

Written on November 13, 2017 by

Planning is one thing Let’s assume you know your way around the Gantt chart view. Let’s say you know what a WBS is (watch this YouTube video and Jigs MPUG article if you are not sure). And that you know that setting dependencies between tasks are a lot better than setting dates on each task…

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