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Erik van Hurck

@erik-van-hurck

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Erik van Hurck is a Senior PPM consultant for Projectum, a western European Microsoft Partner with offices in Denmark and The Netherlands. On top of that Erik is a Microsoft MVP. As such, Erik assists enterprise customers to adopt the new Project Online cloud solution for Project and Portfolio Management. Erik has a personal blog (www.theprojectcornerblog.com) and is also a writer for the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG.com).

A Roadmap “Step By Step” Guide

Imagine you are a running a program containing five separate projects. The following “step by step” guide will help you set up a Roadmap for managing your projects. Obviously, the laid out scenario is...

Three Features to Love about Project for the Web

Project for the Web was released at the end of 2019. Since that time, Microsoft has added new features to the application on a regular basis. In this article, I’d like to share two NEW features and on...

Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization

In this practical course Erik van Hurck helps you create the best views for your specific needs. Learn the differences between tables and views and dive into creating Groups and Filters the correct wa...

Part 2 – Bending Microsoft Project Reports to your Will

  Versions 2013 and up of the Microsoft Project application contain a very powerful reporting module. Erik van Hurck will share 3 tips to make the most of the reports and “Wow” your management wi...

Part 1 – View and Table Creation Best Practices

  In this practical webinar Erik van Hurck helps you create the best views for your specific needs. We will learn the differences between tables and views and we will dive into creating Groups an...

The Power Automate PMO Reminder Flow

I have been playing around with Power Automate, which used to be called Microsoft Flow, for some time now. It is a very powerful way for a non-developer to create automated processes supporting day to...

Three Tips for Working with Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Planner is a great way to create plans and work on them together with coworkers. The software includes a very nice mobile app which allows users to quickly access plans and upcoming tasks. I...

Webinar Recap: Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization Part 3 – Printing in Microsoft Project Demystified

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Erik van Hurck’s Mastering MS Project Visualization Part 3 webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to ...

Webinar Recap: Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization Part 2 – Bending Microsoft Project Reports to your Will

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Erik van Hurck’s Mastering MS Project Visualization Part 2 webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to ...

Webinar Recap: Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization Part 1 – View and Table Creation Best Practices

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Erik van Hurck’s Mastering MS Project Visualization Part 1 webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to ...

Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization – Part 3 – Printing in Microsoft Project Demystified

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 0.5 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: ...

Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization – Part 2 – Bending Microsoft Project Reports to your Will

  Watch Part 3 on-demand   Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1.5 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triang...

Mastering Microsoft Project Visualization – Part 1 – View and Table Creation Best Practices

  Watch Part 2 on-demand   Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle...

Mastering Project Visualization

Are you a new or experienced user of Microsoft Project who has struggled with the views, reports, and/or printing options that come with the product? I’m excited to share my upcoming webinar series th...

Back to Basics: What is Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project is a software application sold by Microsoft that provides project management tools to manage projects. The program, which has many different versions, allows users to: Understand and...

Creating a Ribbon Tab in MS Project

Ever since the 2010 version, Microsoft Project has “the ribbon” – a new kind of menu that is contextual and can be changed to meet users’ needs. This article describes how you can create a ribbon that...

A Detailed Look at the Reporting Tab in MS Project Professional

In this article, I’d like to pick apart one of the more recent additions to the Microsoft Project Professional application. It has been included in the 2013 version of the product, and it is a very po...

Webinar Recap: The Innovative PPM World – How Microsoft is Changing the Project Management Game

Please find a transcription of the audio portion of Erik van Hurck’s The Innovative PPM World – How Microsoft is Changing the Project Management Game webinar being provided by MPUG for the conve...

Roadmap: A Program Managers New Friend

In a recent video, I got some firsthand experience with the new Microsoft tool called Roadmap. In this article, I would like to share a couple of things: What is it? What should we use it for? What co...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Microsoft Project Reports

Do you ever get the feeling you are just using just a small part of an application? Or that there is so much more to explore in a tool? That there might be low hanging fruit, just out of reach, becaus...

The Innovative PPM World – How Microsoft is Changing the Project Management Game

  Download a copy of Erik’s presentation   Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category...

The Innovative PPM World – Call to Attend

Are you using or considering using Project Online? Have you heard about big changes coming to the Microsoft PPM world? There were a lot of big announcements during Microsoft Ignite event. Are you wond...

Combining Data Sources in Power BI

In this article, I want to zoom in on a Power BI aspect that is very useful for any organization with a large amount of data sources. The Case Consider a situation where you run multiple projects usin...

What is Teams? (From a Project Manager’s Perspective)

In my previous post on MPUG, I shared a way to include Planner boards in Teams. Some of you might have wondered, what exactly is Teams? I would like to narrow that question down and address Teams from...

Three features You Will Like About Microsoft Planner

On my personal blog, I once wrote that Planner is one of the better Project Management tools. It’s because this “new” app by Microsoft has grown a lot and fast. I’m not the only one that notices the p...

Book review: Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Cindy Lewis and Erik van Hurck join forces to bring you this book review. Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone Cindy Lewis (North Americ...

Common Issues in Project Management: A Wrap Up

I wanted to wrap up a series of posts that started in August 2017 with the article about over-booked and mismanaged resources. In total, we looked at six common issues in project management. Just as t...

Common Issues in Project Management #6: Three Things to Keep in Mind about Templates

Last time I discussed the misuse of reports. Today I would like to focus on another item I come in frequent contact with during training sessions or implementations: the template. I’ve created dozens,...

Common Issues in Project Management #5: Four Things Not to Do When Creating Reports in MS Project

I’ve created my fair share of Project, Program, and Portfolio Reports. Based on that knowledge, I wanted to share with you some common issues I notice within organizations. I hope, as you read these, ...

Resource Management: Lost in the Woods? Here is Your Way Out

Resource management is a complex subject. There are many aspects to resource management using Project Server or Project Online. Just look at this course from ProjectPro Corp that outlines those aspect...

Common issues in Project management #4: Don’t set progress in the schedule

Planning is one thing Let’s assume you know your way around the Gantt chart view. Let’s say you know what a WBS is (watch this YouTube video and Jigs MPUG article if you are not sure). And that you kn...

Common Issues in Project Management #3: Micromanaging the Team

In this article I would like to explore a key issue that many Project managers struggle with. It’s an exploration into the term “Micromanagement”. There is a lot you can find on the subject, and I wil...

Common Issues in PM: Managing Project Documentation

In this MPUG article we’re going to step away from Gantt charts and baselines for a change and talk a bit about documentation. I can think of no project methodology that does away with documenta...

Common Issues in PM: Over-booked and Mismanaged Resources

Most projects lean heavily on using human resources to perform the tasks that are set out in the schedule. But very few organizations are purely project-driven. That means that people (the other, frie...

Workdays in Microsoft Project

What are Microsoft Project workdays? What can you change, what should you change and where do you change it? This article covers what you can expect with certain changes in the workdays settings, as w...

5 Things to Know about Microsoft Project Baselines

The baseline — whether it be about the schedule, the budget or the scope — is essential in projects. Without it you have no way to measure the performance of your work. But there may be a ...

What to Expect on the First Day with a Project Consultant

As a consultant I move around a lot between clients. In this article I share some insights about what a typical first day looks like when I’m visiting a new customer. Most of the time the sales ...

3 Incorrect Ways to Do Scheduling with Microsoft Project

Want to continue creating great Microsoft Project Schedules. Last time I shared three best practice “DO’s” to follow on scheduling. This time I’ll share three things to avoid. ...

3 Correct Ways to Do Great Scheduling with Microsoft Project

Want to create great Microsoft Project schedules? Follow the three best practices I provide in this article. Next time, I’ll share three more best practices to avoid. DO Create a WBS As soon as ...

8 Tips for Introducing Project 2016 into Your Organization

  Introducing Microsoft Project 2016 into your organization can be a project in and of itself. There are a lot of things to consider on your journey. Let me help you out with tips to smooth your ...

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Forgetting to Set a Status Date

This is the last article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can be useful for al...

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Using Predecessors in Summary Tasks

This is the sixth article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can be useful for a...

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Not Using the Baseline Functionality

This is the fifth article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can be useful for a...

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Too Much Detail in the Schedule

This is the fourth article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images in these posts are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can...

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Lack of Structure

This is the third article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images in these posts are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can ...

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Capacity as Activity

This is the second article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images in these posts are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can...

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Date-Related Planning

As a consultant you come across a lot of different projects/companies/people. I’ve noticed that there are some flaws that keep popping up, regardless of the company, project or person. In this s...