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How To Get Your Project People to Think and Act Like Owners

In his book, The One-Page Project Manager, author Clark A. Campbell shares a technique he developed as a project manager for O.C. Tanner, a 2,000-person company that specializes in employee recognitio...

Ask the Teacher: Resource Leveling: What Do the Options Mean?

Question: When I try leveling in a project that has over-allocation of resources, I’m never sure what to do with the options I’m shown during the process. Can you explain the basics of lev...

Scrappy Project Management!, Part 2

Wondering how to get your message across? Here are some tactics that, while unconventional — and in some cases uncouth — work like a charm. Grab Attention. If you are co-located with your ...

Ask the Teacher: Are You Ready for Project Server?

Question: We installed the software for Microsoft Project Server. I’m not sure my users are ready to use it yet. What are my next steps? Answer: This question could take volumes to answer but I&...

PERT Chart EXPERT Diagrams Project Dependencies

High quality Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and PERT charts are the foundation of every project. PERT Chart EXPERT, a bolt-on tool for Microsoft Project from Critical Tools, will save dozen of hours i...

Managing Reports with Project Portfolio Server 2007

In a previous article, I addressed the capabilities of Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 to align portfolios comprised of projects, programs and applications with an organization’s strate...

How to Put a Resource Plan to Work in Your Project

In Project Server 2007, Microsoft introduced the concept of Resource Plans in order to help plan and assess resource requirements for work or projects that weren’t fully defined. This article di...

How to Report Tasks by Department/Group

Don M. of Bozeman, MD asks: Our projects are performed by multiple departments within our organization. How can I get a Gantt chart and task list per department? It’s a little known feature of t...

Excel vs. Project: How to Convince Managers that Project Really is Better for Managing Projects

How often have you seen a manager struggle to use Microsoft Office Excel to manage project information such as scheduling project dates or recording task assignments? Often, it’s a matter of sti...