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Dian Schaffhauser

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Dian Schaffhauser is MPUG's editor. She's been covering project management, business transformation and topics technical as a journalist and editor since IBM released its first PC. She invites you to send your best story ideas for MPUG to her at editor@mpug.com. She promises to let you know what she really thinks.

Survey: Reporting Bad News about Projects

Bad news with projects abounds. More than nine in 10 project managers (94 percent) have had to deliver bad news to managers or executives in the last year, according to a recent, online survey hosted ...

Survey: PMOs Have Room for Improvement

Project management offices are there to take on the big project work within an organization. For example, the most important job for the PMO is to oversee project reporting and communications. Job two...

Scheduling Master Tom Henry on Why We Shouldn’t Run Projects in Our Heads

Tom Henry a senior consultant at Campana & Schott, spends his weeks implementing enterprise project management systems for clients in multiple segments and training them on how to get the most out...

How Enterprise Social Collaboration Can Get You Over the Project Wall: An Interview with Ken Winell

Last October, a few months after Ken Winell had joined Tough Mudder as vice president of technology, he found himself wading through the mud, risking electrical shock and pulling himself over walls in...

Ben Howard on Managing New Product Development

  Ben Howard has spent a career in implementing complex enterprise solutions for organizations around the world, earning him his Most Valuable Professional credential from Microsoft. He currently...

Steven Squyres Doesn’t Mind Failure: An Interview with the Scientist behind the Mars Rovers

Even if you don’t know who Steven Squyres is, you know about his work. Currently a member of the physical sciences faculty at Cornell University in New York, Squyres, and his team members worked...

Get Your Project Back on Track

Mitzi, a portfolio manager with a regional insurance provider, was sent into a project that had been underway for a couple of years. “It was behind its deadlines, way over budget, and the team w...

Ernst & Young Buys UMT Consulting

Project and portfolio management consultancy UMT has been acquired by Ernst & Young in the United States. The smaller firm, which has offices in 10 locations, was named Microsoft PPM partner of th...

Doing Good with Project Management

When Gary Chefetz, head of MSProjectExperts, moved to Coachella Valley in Southern California’s Riverside County, he sought to give back to his new community in a way that had a “much high...

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10 Best-read MPUG Articles of 2015

Which of these stories have you missed in the past 12 months? Start the countdown… 10. Communication: 5 Ways to Improve Your Project’s Lessons Learned It’s time to put some real ener...

Sensei Releases Schedule Analyzer for Microsoft Project 2016

Project managers have a new way to assess the quality of their Microsoft Project 2016 schedules. Sensei Project Solutions recently released Sensei Schedule Analyzer, an add-in for Project 2016 and Pro...

5 Tips for Staying Productive

Suman, who oversees a PMO in the development center for a global service provider, has one technique that he says keeps him more productive every single day: He turns Microsoft Outlook off “for ...

3 Ways to Keep Your Project Team Motivated

Multi-year projects can be “long, tedious, time-consuming and very heavy” for the project managers overseeing them, says Beth, who works for a large networking technology company in southe...

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Microsoft Ignite for Project Managers (Who Stayed Home)

Who says you have to go to a Microsoft event to participate? Between the “Ignite on Demand” recordings, #msignite tweets and ample blog posts from Project and SharePoint fans all around th...

Team Players: Exchanging Project Data with Your Development Team

The topic of agile and project management generates a lot of interest among project managers. It may be that PMs are boggled by managing IT projects that don’t adhere to the standard waterfall m...

The Most Viewed MPUG Forums Threads of 2011

When Microsoft Project users have a question, MPUG members usually have an answer. Here are the top most viewed discussion forum conversations from 2011… 1. Multiple Time Zone values in MPP Star...

The Most-Read MPUG Microsoft Project Articles of 2011

Project managers just want to get the job done. That’s the overriding theme that emerges from this year’s most read articles on MPUG.com. Among popular topics: selling executives on projec...

Microsoft Project on the Go

The laptop is a handy device to haul to those regular long-standing meetings, where you know to come prepared with your computer on, your application loaded, and your project plans open. But the era o...

Project Directions: Microsoft’s Arpan Shah Fields Questions

If, as the Standish Group’s 2009 CHAOS Report declares, 68 percent of projects truly failed, that could either be considered an indictment of current project management practices or a compelling...

How to Use Free Analyst Reports to Build Your Case for Microsoft Project

If you’re ever in the position of needing to sell your senior executives on the idea of using Microsoft products for your project and portfolio management (PPM) work, take a lesson from Microsof...

High-flying Jumpstart: Cloud-based Project Management

Microsoft Project Server 2010, described as “a landmark release” by Gartner in the IT research company’s latest assessment of project and portfolio management (PPM) applications, is ...

Arpan Shah, Head of Microsoft Project Product Management, Discusses Service Pack 1

Later this month Microsoft will be releasing its first service pack for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Included in that collection of updates, enhancements, and fixes will be at least 200 specifical...

Creating a High Performance Project Team

Eric Verzuh has become an expert at taking a project team’s “mojo,” as he calls it, and dissecting its components to understand how to repeat the practices that work and how to elimi...

How to Get Certified in Microsoft Project 2010

If you’re using Microsoft Project Standard 2010 or Professional 2010, Microsoft has developed a new exam to test your capabilities, 70-178, Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects. If you pass...

Chapter Spotlight: 4 Questions with Madison’s Wendy Anderson

Along with Alan Decker and Todd Peterson, Wendy Anderson helps lead one of MPUG’s newest chapters, located in Madison, WI. Here, Anderson, a senior project management consultant at Alliant Energ...

A Master at Project Management

What would make a person with many years in project management, who holds a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential and two bachelor degrees — one i...

Focusing on Deliverables, Not Just the Schedule

As project managers we’re often so focused on the project plan, schedule, and budget, we forget what the ultimate goal of the project is to begin with. When a senior leader comes along and says,...

Focus on Analytics: Stopping Project Derailments

Complex projects go bad weekly. During the first week of January 2011, these stories made headlines: A light rail project near Detroit is held up by project delays caused by federal environmental requ...

Focus: Getting Your Project People on the Same Page

Communication on a lengthy, complex project isn’t a simple matter. Multi-year initiatives can require thousands of lines of detail in a project plan. Summarizing those details in an understandab...

Microsoft Project Certification 2010 – How To Guide

If you’re using Microsoft Project Standard 2010 or Professional 2010, Microsoft has developed a totally new exam to test your capabilities. If you pass this exam, you’ll hold the credentia...

EPK Cost Tackles Cost Management for Microsoft Project Server

Microsoft has received kudos for integrating portfolio management features into Project Server 2010, its enterprise project management tool. What’s lesser known is that along with that integrati...

The Project 2010 Interview: Microsoft’s Chris Capossela Talks to the Microsoft Project Community

Chris Capossela is a busy guy. This senior VP in the Microsoft Business Division is responsible for marketing the company’s productivity products. Those include Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Exc...

MPUG Thanks Community Leaders in Award Ceremony

During last week’s Microsoft Project Conference 2009, MPUG acknowledged the contributions of a number of community members. Ludovic Hauduc, General Manager of the Project Business Unit at Micros...

Working the Numbers: How to Inject Financial Savvy into Project Management

Paul Sausville is no bean counter. Although he has a master’s degree in finance, spent years at NCR and AT&T as a consultant for the banking and financial services industries, and went to wo...

5 Principles of Program Management for the London Olympics

Ky Nichol heads up the major sporting events practice for global consultancy Pcubed. That has included work for both the 2004 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens and the 2006 FIFA World Cup ...

Microsoft Project Practice Exams — The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

My spouse, the accountant, is getting ready to tackle the CPA exams. That means one thing: It’s Becker time! Becker is the company that has the best reputation for hauling CPAs-to-be across the ...

Olympian Stephanie Trafton Connects Winning the Gold with Project Management

When she won the gold medal for her discus throw of 212 feet and five inches in Beijing earlier this year, American Stephanie Trafton proclaimed, “We did it!” As reported by The Sacramento...

Microsoft Office Project Users Gain New User Group and Online Resource

MPUG, the User Group for Microsoft® Office Project, has rebranded its identity and relaunched its website, which now includes a searchable content library, simplified events management and improved ch...

Microsoft Project Management Certification: How to Get Started

Now that Microsoft has the elements in place for a full-fledged program to certify experts on its Project products, maybe it’s time for you to consider enhancing that Project Management Institut...