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Master Schedulers Best Practices

Event Description:

Microsoft Project Master Schedules Best Practices begins where the presenter’s Master Schedules 101 MPUG Lunch & Learn presentation on February 15, 2017, left off. In over 10 years of developing tools and providing services to clients with Master Schedules, Dan Friedrich has become (whether he wanted to or not!) a Master Schedule “Whisperer,” helping organizations with some of the largest Master Schedules ever created (eight levels of Masters nesting, anyone?) to clean up any issues with their Master Schedules, visualize them, consolidate and refactor them, and adopt practices to keep them running clean. He’ll provide guidance that should prove useful whether or not you have the ideal tools, including topics such as:

  • When and why should you use Master Schedules in the first place?
  • How to avoid doing things “behind Project’s back” that Project would block as a schedule conflict if it “saw” it?
  • How to create a circular reference in five minutes or less (yes, we will), and find and fix it?
  • When should you be using 64-bit Project EXCLUSIVELY (but almost nobody does)?
  • The importance of respecting project interdependencies within the top-level Master Schedule boundaries — and what happens when you don’t?
  • How to think about Master Schedule modular structure options, and when you should refactor them?
  • Eskimos have 20 words for “snow” and Dan has 20 words for “bad external link”: How can you maintain clean links?
  • What’s the difference between working with a Master stand-alone vs. on Project Server or Project Online?

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs):

This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.

Presenter Info:

Dan Friedrich is President of MPUG Chicago, and CEO/CTO of Friedrich, Klatt and Associates, a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner named Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year in 2007 for Enterprise Project Management for an Earned Value Data Mart solution. His firm’s products include a Microsoft Project Server / Project Online Business Intelligence package that auto-adapts its business Cube to the customer’s deployment and comes with over 150 Dashboards, with optional modules for Trending, and Advanced Analytics and Compliance; and a Microsoft Project Pro add-in with a Swiss Army Knife of tools for managing Master Schedules. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 firms with some of the largest Project Server implementations, NASA, the Department of Energy, international consulting firms, and many of the largest US defense and aerospace contractors. Working with these clients on some of the largest Master Schedules ever created has given him a front-row seat to the real-world challenges and best practices. Dan’s avocation is comedy sketch writing, directing, and performing, and he is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. His latest shows are “If Anyone was Offended: Campaign 2016,” and “Martin Luther: He’s done an amazing job, and is being recognized more and more.”

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