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Bonnie Biafore

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Bonnie Biafore is the author of O'Reilly's Microsoft Project: The Missing Manual (2007, 2010, and 2013 editions) and Microsoft Press' Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft Project. She's recorded Project Essential Training (for 2010 and 2013), Project Management Fundamentals, Managing Small Projects, and other courses for lynda.com. As a consultant, she manages projects for clients and wins accolades for her ability to herd cats. She has also written a humorous novel about hitmen and stupid criminals. You can learn more at Bonnie's website or email her at bonnie.biafore@gmail.com.

Project Management Methodologies: Managing with Your Methodology

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Regardless which...

Project Management Methodologies: Methodology Meet-up

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Project manageme...

Five Tips for Building your Organization’s Methodology

Many people are confused about what a methodology is, because the word is misused frequently. According to PMI’s PMBOK® Sixth Edition,  methodology is “a system of practices, techniques, procedures, a...

Picking a Project Management Methodology

Companies that perform project after project usually pick a project management methodology, such as PRINCE2 or Agile, and stick with it. That way, all their projects follow approximately the same proj...

Integrating Project and Outlook

Outlook is Microsoft’s email workhorse, but email is only one of the ways that Outlook and Project 2013 work as a team. When you’re in Project, you can email Project files without jumping ...

6 Tips on Microsoft Project Templates

Microsoft Project 2013 has two types of templates: The global template and the project template. Here’s a rundown: 1. The global template acts as a storage facility for built-in and customized P...

Project Management with Microsoft Project Essentials

Certificate Series Directory Project Management with Microsoft Project Essentials   Overview: Would you like to use Microsoft Project 2010 more effectively? This certificate course is for Microso...

Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual

Looking for Tasks Heading for Trouble

When you’re trying to keep your project on schedule, keep an eye on tasks. Task delays can push the project finish date later and upset the resource workloads you so carefully balanced during pl...

Customize ‘Out of the Box’ Reports

A short clip from MPUG’s webinar with Bonnie Biafore and John Riopel. Bonnie demonstrates how to customize a Microsoft Project ‘out of the box’ report to make it more useful. Join MP...

Webinar: The Art of Reporting

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Get the full sco...

Webinar: Poor Man’s Microsoft Project Timesheet

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: On...

How to Handle Fixed Price Contracts in Your Project Schedule

A fixed-price contract means someone has agreed to deliver a chunk of work for a fixed amount of money. That’s a sweet deal, both financially and project-management-wise. If the contractor’s cost surp...

Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual

Earned Value Analysis Earned value analysis is like the idea behind that old Smith Barney slogan, “We make money the old fashioned way—we earn it.” Earned value analysis measures progress according to...

Certificate Series – Project Management with Microsoft Project Essentials, Session 3

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 2 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Instructors Community Favourites Bo...

Certificate Series – Project Management with Microsoft Project Essentials, Session 2

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 2 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Watch session 3   Speakers: Bo...

Certificate Series – Project Management with Microsoft Project Essentials, Session 1

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 2 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Watch session 2   Speakers: Bo...

Your Project Management Coach: Managing a Portfolio of Projects

Managing a Portfolio of Projects Many financial investors maintain a balanced investment portfolio a collection of different financial assets such as stocks, bonds, and cash. The assets in a portfolio...

Certification Insider: Analyzing Variance with Microsoft Project

Whether you’re still planning or in the middle of the project execution maelstrom, Microsoft Project calculates scheduled values, which are the forecast values at the moment you look at them. On...

Certification Insider: Project Reporting

You’re always massaging project info into a form that communicates what’s going on with your projects. You need to see know what’s happening — or not, and you also have to keep...

The Project Communication Plan

For small projects, communication can be quite simple. Communication for the project of heading home after the holidays might be no more than “Call us when you get there.” But good communi...

Certification Insider: Microsoft Project Budgets and Costs

Budgets can make or break a project, and, as it turns out, could be the difference between pass or fail on the Project certification test. So it’s no surprise that controlling costs tests your p...

Certification Insider: Tracking Project Progress

After the powers that be approve your project plan, you may be tempted to sit back and rest on your… ahem… laurels. It turns out, the project execution phase is when you earn your salt as ...

Calendar Exceptions in Microsoft Project 2010

The following article is taken as an excerpt from the new book, Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual, written by Bonnie Biafore and published by O’Reilly Media. Setting Aside Holidays and ...

Certification Insider: Resource Overallocations

If you overload resources, your project finish date may look good, but it’s probably bogus. Assigning 20-hour work days doesn’t mean your team members will stay up that long and work that ...

Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: Manually Scheduled Tasks

Although Manually Scheduled task mode sounds like heresy to hardcore project managers, it comes in handy in several situations. Scheduling activities like training classes with set dates is a snap wit...

Certification Insider: Making Resource Assignments Realistic

Just as the clothes you buy never look like they do on the model in a catalog, your real-world resource assignments usually don’t fit quite right the first time around. Microsoft Project 2007...

Certification Insider: Saving and Modifying Baselines

Once you get a project plan approved, you strive to follow that plan. But, things happen. Resources change. Tasks get longer or shorter. Deadlines get missed. Whether the changes are good or bad, you ...

Certification Insider: Exchanging Data between Programs

Projects use people — and lots of ’em. And where you have people, you need communication. That means you, the anointed project manager, spend a lot of time gathering information from other...

Certification Insider: Understand Critical Path

The critical path sounds like a new rock ’em sock ’em blockbuster movie. In project management circles the critical path attracts as much attention as an award show’s red carpet, but...

Certification Insider: Managing Multiple Projects

The Project Server 2007 certification exam is jammed with questions about managing multiple projects, which is no surprise. But desktop Project has features for managing more than one project without ...

Certification Insider: Modifying Resource Assignments

Your initial set of resource assignments might have been a thing of beauty. But, you know projects have a way of changing. And that might mean you have to change resource assignments. Project has seve...

Certification Insider: Mastering Duration, Work, and Units

Assigning one resource to a task and getting the outcome you want is easy. But adding, removing, or juggling resource assignments can be a mind-bender that leads to hair loss, foul temper, and being o...

Certification Insider: Assigning Resources in Microsoft Project

Assigning resources to your tasks is when the rubber hits the road — or, in some cases, when the project finish date hits the deadline and keeps on going. How many resources you have, the time t...

Certification Insider: Resourcing Project Plans

Got a project to complete? Better get some resources or the work won’t get done. You can add resources to your Project file or — for resources you share between projects — a resource...

Certification Insider: How To Influence Tasks and Win Friends (in Microsoft Project)

Good relationships are the key to success in Microsoft Project, as well as in life. Task links, aka task dependencies or relationships, tell Project how tasks influence one another, which it uses to c...

Certification Insider: Arranging Tasks

For the 70-632 certification exam the difference between summary tasks and lowest-level tasks might be the most important task organization fact to remember. But learning the tricks of the task arrang...

Certification Insider: Ready! Set! Start Creating Tasks!

After a few energetic sessions of breaking work down into bite-sized pieces (tasks), you’re ready to add those puppies to your Project file. Read on to build a project task list and nail Project certi...

How to Reduce Your Project Costs

You’ve diligently entered costs into your project plan and either looked at the resulting cost totals…or compared your planned costs against your budget… If your costs are coming out...

Certification Insider: Defining Working Times with Project 2007 Calendars

The Microsoft Project desktop certification exam, 70-632, has at least one question on each new feature in Project 2007, so you can expect some interrogation about new calendar features like work week...

Certification Insider: How Calendars Control Schedules

When and how long people work has a huge effect on a project’s schedule. Longer work days are one way to shorten project duration (although lower morale and productivity kick in if you push the limits...

Certification Insider: Creating a Project from an Existing One

When a project is similar to one you’ve managed in the past, using an existing Microsoft Project file is a good start. But that old file could have people who don’t work for you anymore, lower labor r...

Certification Insider: Calculation and Security Options

Preparing for your Microsoft certification in Project, exam 70-632? Here, finally, is the last column about Microsoft Project options. (Actually, the Options dialog box has a few more tabs including I...

Certification Insider: Configuring General and View Options in Project

If you’re preparing for the Microsoft exam 70-632, Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects, this new monthly column by Project certification expert Bonnie Biafore guides you through the...

Certification Insider: Configuring Tools and Options

If you’re preparing for the Microsoft exam 70-632, Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects, this new monthly column by Project certification expert Bonnie Biafore will guide you through...