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Ask the Teacher: Making the Most of Gantt Charts

Question: I seem to use only the Gantt chart view. Are there other ones that could help me manage my projects? Answer: In fact there are several that are standard in all levels of Microsoft Project th...

5 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Project 2007: Multiple Levels of Undo

In my position as a trainer I’m continually asked if there are any specific advantages to purchasing Microsoft Office Project 2007 or upgrading from a previous version. If your organization is l...

How to Show Progress on a Summary Task

When you have a summary of tasks where some tasks are ahead of schedule and others are behind, it’s hard to tell if you’re ahead or behind overall. This is simply because summary tasks in ...

Ask the Teacher: Export the Task List to Excel and Keep the WBS Structure

I would like to export the task list in Microsoft Project to Excel and keep the WBS structure. A cut and paste loses the WBS structure. Is there a way to accomplish this? Answer: Yes, you can do this....

Ask the Teacher: Resource Percent Allocation

Bob G. of South Bend, IN and Chad of Marshalltown, IA both asked: Can you modify the resource usage view to show a percentage of work time on a task rather than the hours allocated? Answer: This can b...

Viewing Task Status in the Current Schedule

Have you ever heard the line, “if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done?” This refers to the tendency for procrastinators and those managing multiple priorities to put off...

Dealing with Under-Achievers within a Project

Personalities can have adverse affects on projects, and one of the worst is the Under-Achiever Type. Recognizing this in people may not always be that easy. Being able to cope with this personality ca...

Microsoft Project Management Certification: How to Get Started

Now that Microsoft has the elements in place for a full-fledged program to certify experts on its Project products, maybe it’s time for you to consider enhancing that Project Management Institut...

The One-Page Project Manager

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...