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Dale Howard

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Dale Howard is the Director of Education for PROJILITY. He has used Microsoft Project since version 4.0 for Windows 95 and he has used the Microsoft PPM tool since the first version of released as Project Central in the year 2000. He is the co-author of 21 books on Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online. He is currently one of only 28 Microsoft Project MVPs in the entire world and one of only 6 in the United States.

Understanding the Meaning of Scheduling Ignores Resource Calendars

Background Information In Microsoft Project, you can completely override the schedule of any task by assigning a Task calendar to the task. Common needs for using a Task calendar might include the fol...

Drag and Drop Tasks from One Resource to Another

Dragging and Dropping Tasks Many Microsoft Project users probably know that you can move tasks in any task view, such as the Gantt Chart view, by “dragging and dropping” the tasks. To drag and drop a ...

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

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 pr...

Set Date Formatting by Project

Background There was an interesting question recently in the Microsoft Project user forum. The question was so interesting, as was my answer to the question, that I wanted to share this information wi...

Webinar Recap: Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Dale Howard’s Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Y...

Microsoft Project Trivia: Options Settings – Where Are They Stored?

Background I answered in question recently in the Project Online General Questions and Answers user forum. The user asked a question was about the leveling options found in the Resource Leveling dialo...

Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft Project

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

Do Calendars or Scheduling Have You Stumped?!

  Microsoft Project is a powerful scheduling tool, but how exactly does the software schedule?  The answer is found in a single word: calendars.  In fact, the schedule of every project is based o...

What Are the Most Important Options Settings in Microsoft Project?

Introduction Microsoft Project offers three types of options in the Project Options dialog. These option types include: Application Options – These options control how the software looks and works, an...

Project Quick Tip: Reset a View Back to Its Default Settings

Suppose that several days ago, you customized the Gantt Chart view by making a number of changes to the view. These changes include customizing the appearance of the Gantt Chart pane, adding several c...

Understanding “What Changed” After Approving Task Updates from PWA

Background Information One of the challenges for project managers is understanding “what changed” after they approve pending task updates in the Approval Center page in Project Web App. In the current...

Repairing a Polluted Enterprise Global File

Background Every few years I like to reprise some favorite topics during my career with the Microsoft project management tools. Today I want to reprise the topic of how to repair a polluted Enterprise...

Webinar Recap: Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Dale Howard’s Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wis...

Manually Entering Task Progress in Microsoft Project

Overview If you are a project manager who manages desktop-only projects with Microsoft Project, you need to know how to manually enter task progress in your project schedules. And if you are a project...

Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project

  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: Mi...

Calculating Project Costs in MS Project

How does Microsoft Project calculate project costs? Most people assume that the calculation of project cost is the result of the formula, Standard Rate x Work. Close, but no cigar! This simple formula...

All About the Capacity Line in Project Web App

I had an interesting discussion with a colleague recently about how Project Online calculates the Capacity values for resources shown on the Capacity Planning page in Project Web App. As a result of t...

Applying Details to the Task Form View

In a recent blog post article, I discussed how to apply and use the Task Entry view. This view, by the way, is a combination view or “split” view that includes the Gantt Chart view in the top pane and...

Eliminate the Confusion: Understanding the Peak Field

The 2010 version of Microsoft Project introduced some new functionality whose behavior has confused and confounded users with all degrees of experience, from absolute beginners to power users. Microso...

Using the Task Entry View

In my humble opinion, I believe the Task Entry view is one of the most powerful views available in Microsoft Project. Using this view, you can take complete control over the software’s scheduling engi...

Schedule a Task to Start As Late As Possible Based on the Start Date of Another Task

Problem Description I answered an interesting question recently in the Microsoft Answers user forum for Microsoft Project users. The user who asked the question stated that she was new to Microsoft Pr...

View All Predecessors and Successors for a Task

A question in the Project Standard and Professional user forum caught my eye recently. I answered the user’s question in the forum and then decided to blog about it. The user asked how to create a vie...

Assigning Resources with Different Working Schedules

An interesting question about resource calendars in the Project Standard and Professional user forum prompted me to write this blog post article. After using Microsoft Project for over 21 years, one o...