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Milestone Reporting Using Gantt Charts in MS Project

Written on January 21, 2020 by

Gantt charts are very popular with project managers and senior managers. They are primarily used to create and communicate project schedules but they can also be used for preparing status reports and giving presentations. They can be combined with project milestones to create richer status reports and presentations. Gantt charts can be easily prepared in…

How Optimal is Your Leveling?

Written on January 20, 2020 by

For the project manager, the objective of resource leveling is to minimize the length of the resource-feasible schedule. For the computer scientist, the objective is to write code that will find a resource-feasible schedule in a reasonably short amount of time. The resource-constrained project scheduling problem (RCPSP) is NP-hard, which means that finding an optimal…

Understanding “What Changed” After Approving Task Updates from PWA

Written on January 17, 2020 by

Background Information One of the challenges for project managers is understanding “what changed” after they approve pending task updates in the Approval Center page in Project Web App. In the current versions of Project Online and Project Server, it is not easy to determine the schedule changes in the enterprise project after approving the pending…

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint (and other Presentation Arts)

Written on January 16, 2020 by

We CAN! We WILL!  With either of those word pairings, you can set yourself off on the right foot for your next presentation. But, with the wrong opening, you can kill it with equal levels of ease. We’ve all been there. It’s the presentation from Hades. The speaker seems a bit confused and ducks behind…

Red Flags, Blue Lessons

Written on January 14, 2020 by

Watch for these warning signs, so you don’t end up twisting in the wind! As a project manager (PM) for an international consulting firm, I was once assigned to a very large account that taught online classes through the internet. The company was called the High Intensity Teaching Corporation or HIT. This is the pseudonym…

Don’t Let Fear Take Over at Work

Written on January 13, 2020 by

There is a survival instinct in each of us. When you sense danger, your body reacts. You either fight to protect yourself, or you take flight to get away from the threat. This behavior is a handy instinct to have if you are facing a life or death situations, but adds a degree of difficulty…

Webinar Recap: They Finally Did It! Microsoft Releases a Brand-New Version of Microsoft Project

Written on January 10, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tim Runcie’s They Finally Did It! Microsoft Releases a Brand-New Version of Microsoft Project webinar 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…

Product Prioritization Techniques in Agile Development

Written on January 7, 2020 by

Let’s consider two real-world scenarios. In one, a product manager is asked to work on the top priority items in his project’s product backlog for an upcoming iteration. The product manager replies, “It can’t be done because the business executives have set everything to be of top priority.” In a second situation, a few stakeholders…

Four Ways to Customize the Gantt Chart in MS Project

Written on January 6, 2020 by

Gantt chart is the default view in MS Project. Since the inception of MS Project (MSP), Microsoft engineers have used Gantt chart as the default, although I have often wondered why they didn’t choose some other view. I think Network diagram may have been a better choice, as it is a much better tool for…

Webinar Recap: How to get and see Project Information in Power BI

Written on January 3, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Collin Quiring’s How to get and see Project Information in Power BI webinar 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…

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