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Ask the Teacher: Setting Recurring Non-working Time in Project

A user asks: “I am fairly new to Microsoft Project. Is there a tool or resource out there that lists standard US holidays for the next 10 years as formulas that I can plug into Project? (For example, ...

5 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Project 2007: Visual Reports

My fifth reason for upgrading to Project 2007 is a completely new feature — Visual Reports. The purpose of this new feature is to export data from Project 2007 into Microsoft Excel or Visio in o...

Chapter Spotlight: 3 Questions with London’s Dharmesh Patel

Dharm Patel recently joined Microsoft UK as a business consultant. Prior to that, he was consulting on Microsoft Project and Project Server, implementing and supporting the solution from the client si...

Ask the Expert: Accounting for Material Resources

Jay of Mt. Vernon, IL asks: I have tasks that will consume material resources at a rate of a number of items per hour. Is there anyway I can use Microsoft Project to have this calculation performed fo...

Certification Insider: Creating a Project from an Existing One

When a project is similar to one you’ve managed in the past, using an existing Microsoft Project file is a good start. But that old file could have people who don’t work for you anymore, lower labor r...

A Rational Approach to Padding

We’ve all heard stories about estimation padding. The developer provided a 30 day estimation. His team lead doubted his wisdom and added another 10 days to it. The manager didn’t have a lo...

Mail: Another Perspective on Defining “Critical”

In response to Mike Glen’s article, “Ask the Experts: Define Critical,” published in the October 1, 2008 issue of the newsletter, the question is similar to ones that we have dealt w...

Laying the Foundation for Leading a Project Management Office

When leading a project management office (PMO), one of the first tasks you should consider is establishing the foundation for your organization — a set of principles under which you will operate...

Ask the Experts: Why Self-Taught with Microsoft Project Isn’t Such a Great Idea

Mike from Dallas asks: Our company is starting to use Microsoft Project Server and they want to send me to class. If I have been using Project Standard for a long time, why do I need to attend a class...