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The Big Picture with Story Map in Agile Development

Written on June 23, 2020 by

“I keep six honest serving-men, They taught me all I knew, Their names are What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who. I send them over land and sea, I send them east and west, But after they have worked for me, I give them all a rest.” – From the poem,…

Microsoft Project Quick Tip: Set the Split Bar Location for All New Blank Projects

Written on June 22, 2020 by

Background One minor issue I have with Microsoft Project is that it places the split bar to the right of the Resource Names column by default every time I launch the software and create a new blank project, such as shown in Figure 1. I would prefer that the software dock the split bar on…

Registration Now Open for MPUG’s Vendor Showcase 2020

Written on June 19, 2020 by

  We are again bringing you the latest products and services for enhancing Microsoft Project in a no pressure, stress-free environment this July. These sessions will demo the latest and greatest offerings. The products that MPUG features in this year’s Vendor Showcase address gaps in out-of-the-box functionality (and require product trial or purchase). You get the chance…

Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Identifying Early and Future Task Tracking

Written on June 16, 2020 by

As project managers, I suspect we’ve all considered starting or completing work in the future. When you think about it, although jumping ahead to tracking future work could seem handy, this ability has the potential to cause some problems, too. Would your cost and work reports be skewed? Would resource availability be a problem? Are…


Written on June 15, 2020 by

Saving Time with Tips, Keyboard Shortcuts, and Macros. Project has many data manipulation tools and ways to set up easy access to different commands. Implementing these shortcuts will allow you to work faster and with less mistakes. Also, it will give you the advantage of having better control over your work schedule. Let’s get started!…

True Enterprise Governance – its more than just PPM!

Written on June 12, 2020 by

It was 18 years ago that Microsoft introduced their initial attempt to move beyond just “project management” and into the world of “portfolio and project management.” Many other players have since joined the marketplace we know as PPM. The introduction of detail planning techniques, other than traditional “waterfall” and the rapid adoption of Agile, in…

How To Reschedule Incomplete Work

Written on June 9, 2020 by

A colleague posed a problem recently. He recorded earned value after tracking work done in the first status period of his project. When recording work done in the second status period, he returned to the first only to find the earned value had changed. What could have caused this? One possible reason is neglecting to…

How to Scrum with Project for the Web

Written on June 8, 2020 by

Project for The Web has a couple different areas: Grid, Board, and Timeline. A question I hear often is, “Can we manage Agile projects in Project for the Web?” To be more specific, “Can we manage Scrum based projects?” The answer is yes, of course—in a limited way, but still well enough! I will walk…

Webinar recap: Agile Project Management with Microsoft Teams and Planner

Written on June 5, 2020 by

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Dux Raymond Sy’s Agile Project Management with Microsoft Teams and Planner webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes of self-paced learning, searching for specific information, and/or performing a quick review of…

Effectively Using Excel for Analyzing MS Project Data

Written on June 2, 2020 by

MS Project (MSP) is an excellent tool for preparing and tracking project schedules. Excel is also a great tool for analyzing any type of data. So, which one should you use for schedule analysis? You probably know that MSP has a whole host of features for analyzing project schedules like Task Filters, Sorting, and Reports….

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