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Company Profile: Envorso LLC

Written on June 22, 2018 by

Team members of ENVORSO, LLC and its subsidiaries have provided industry-leading decision support, consulting, portfolio management, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired Fortune 500 brands, as well as a significant number of private and middle market companies. Our people have worked across more than 20 industry sectors with one purpose. That…

Critical Path, Criticality Analysis, and Criticality Index

Written on June 19, 2018 by

Imagine the following scenario. You are in charge of managing a big match in a stadium. The venue can hold over 100,000 people. The audience is as passionate about watching, as their favorite players are about playing. Any untoward incident can create problems. You want to have the security, monitoring, and all other aspects of…

Three Reasons to Use Power BI with Microsoft Project

Written on June 18, 2018 by

I enjoy the occasional list about why I should use a certain tool or why it might make my life a bit easier. Power BI is one of those tools that definitely makes reporting easier from Project. As such, a list of Power BI’s advantages could be quite a long list, but the longer list,…

Cloud Basics for PMs

Written on June 12, 2018 by

Over the past decade or so, the concept of ‘cloud’ has become synonymous with a place where we store all things work-related (such as documents and data). In many cases, a ‘cloud’ represents the place where we work (i.e. within a digital workspace like SharePoint or Wrike). For project managers, we often speak in fluffy…

Add a Calculated Status Indicator to Detail Tasks

Written on June 11, 2018 by

While Project includes a Status field, it’s not always exactly what I want. I use a numeric field to calculate the status of detail tasks in the project plan, and display stoplights—Green, Amber, and Red—based on the calculated value. I’ve found it adds some immediacy to project status meetings. Note that this formula produces reliable…

Four Tips to Ensure Accurate Project Status

Written on June 8, 2018 by

Microsoft Project is a powerful project management tool. That’s what it is – a tool. Its dashboards and views are an agent for successful status communication, but the highlighted information is only as good as the accuracy of the user’s data. What type of information is important to ensure an accurate project status? Where do…

Reporting on Your Project Plan Using the Microsoft Project and SharePoint Sync

Written on June 5, 2018 by

At my company, we are advocates of collaborative project management. That is, empowering everyone on your team to lead and contribute to the success of a project. There is no better tool for collaborative project management than Microsoft SharePoint! Managing a project in SharePoint centralizes all project information in one collaborative project site. Combine that…

Managing Up to Keep Your Projects from Falling Down

Written on June 4, 2018 by

Seeing a project through to successful completion is a team effort. While champions for the content and process are needed among stakeholders, there are two roles that are extremely critical to the successful delivery of the project: the sponsor and the project manager. These individuals have a symbiotic relationship that requires constant collaboration and observance of…

Getting the Team to Use Ranged Estimates

Written on June 1, 2018 by

Dear Elizabeth: I work on a project team for a manufacturing company. For the last year, we’ve been using ranged estimates to build out our schedules. For the most part, our customers love it. We have one customer who is putting up a fight, saying they want a hard deadline. How do we convince them…

Do’s and Don’ts of Project Management Communication

Written on May 29, 2018 by

The cornerstone of every successful project is effective communication. As a project manager, everything you do is a communicative process. Clear communication about goals, responsibility and expectations, and performance and feedback, as well as project updates to your various stakeholders, is all part of your responsibility. Communication is critical to the success of your project,…

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