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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...

Scrappy Project Management, Part 1

If you’ve led even one major project you are undoubtedly aware of the critical link between communication and success. In spite of the fact that project managers spend more than half of their time in ...

An Update Status Indicator for Microsoft Project

A simple but effective “Update Status Indicator” can be generated using the excellent Custom Fields features available in Microsoft Project 2000 and later versions. When you need to revise...

Managing Portfolios with Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007

Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 (PPS 2007) does an excellent job of aligning projects, programs and applications with an organization’s strategic priorities. PPS 2007 provides three key...

Tasks by Week Report

What I would really like to see is a report that would show me all tasks that are due by week. When I use the date range filter, I am getting too many tasks. How could I create this report? I like thi...

Managing the Fuzzy Front End of Projects

The Fuzzy Front End Project life cycle can take many forms; the waterfall model was the state of the art model for many years. Agile approaches are becoming the current state of the art while the Spir...

The Five Secrets of Project Scheduling

Have you ever created a project schedule and later realized that you should have approached it a little differently? Have you ever created a schedule and then found that the way the information is org...

How to Hide Tasks on the Project Web Access Task Screen in Project Server 2003

We needed a script to run twice a day, each night and at noon, against the SQL Server database to hide tasks for any project that was designated as “Closed” or “Cancelled.” In ...