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Sam Huffman

@sam-huffman

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Sam Huffman first gained insight into Microsoft Project while working as a member of the MS Project development and support team. He has maintained his depth of knowledge of MS Project with each release and is a leading authority in the use and features of MS Project, Project Server and Project Online. Since the early 1990's Sam has honed his instruction skills by delivering training programs to thousands every year. Sam is a frequent content contributor to the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG) and speaks to groups often about MS Project, Enterprise Project Management and the discipline of Project Management. He was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional from 2010-2017. Check out his blog on MS Project. The softcover version of my newest book Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts is now available for purchase! It is portable, brief and to the point so you can find help when you need it. Through tips, best practices and examples it will help you jumpstart your project!

MS Project Do’s and Don’ts: Q & A

Participants in my recent webinar, Microsoft Project Do’s, Don’ts, and Cool Customizations, brought up a few interesting questions that time did not allow for me to address. The purpose of the followi...

Microsoft Project Do’s, Don’ts and Cool Customizations

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1.25 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Related links: MS...

Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Identifying Early and Future Task Tracking

As project managers, I suspect we’ve all considered starting or completing work in the future. When you think about it, although jumping ahead to tracking future work could seem handy, this ability ha...

Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts Boot Camp

Boot camp includes the video training with PMI® PDU, workbook with training exercises and pre-configured project files, e-support, highly rated book, certificate, and knowledge tests.   Course Ma...

Chapter 11: Agile Using Project Online Desktop Client

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Chapter 10: Using Microsoft Project on Agile Based Projects

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Chapter 9: Reporting

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Chapter 8: Track the Project

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Chapter 7: Baseline Your Project

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Chapter 6: Create Resources and Assign them to Tasks

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Chapter 4: Enter Task Durations

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Chapter 5: Sequence Tasks in the Task List

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Chapter 2: Set Up for Success

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Chapter 3: Organize the Task List

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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...

Back to Basics: What is Project Management?

Traditional Project Management is the science (and art) of organizing and managing the components of a project. The project can be the development of a new product, the launch of a new service, a mark...

Webinar Recap: Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Set Up For Success

Please find a transcription of the audio portion of Sam Huffman’s Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Set Up For Success webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may...

Do’s and Don’ts: Use a Kanban Board! (Part 2)

From the author of Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts. Check out the NEW Do’s and Don’ts Bootcamp, which delivers Microsoft Project Management proficiency (and credibility) in just three hours of train...

Do’s and Don’ts: Use a Kanban Board! (Part 1)

From the author of Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts. Check out the NEW Do’s and Don’ts Bootcamp, which delivers Microsoft Project Management proficiency (and credibility) in just three hours of train...

The Right Dose of Expert Advice Makes Managing with Microsoft Project Easy

An Interview with Sam Huffman, author of Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Amazon   What’s the biggest benefit a Microsoft Project user gets from using the Do’s and Don’ts guide? Do...

Do’s and Don’ts: Use a Combination View to Ease Problem Solving

You have probably noticed that some of the most powerful views in Project have an upper part and a lower part. These two part views are called Combination Views. The upper part is called the Primary. ...

Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts Boot Camp Video

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This session is eligible for 3 PMI® PDUs in the Technical talent triangle category. If you are claiming this session f...

Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Set Up For Success

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: When creating a...

Three Questions to Ask Before Entering Data in Microsoft Project

Microsoft® Project for Windows has been available for nearly 30 years. Users still think that it’s like Excel and begin entering data immediately after opening a new file. This action is allowed in Pr...

Managing Negative Slack: Dos and Don’ts

Much has been written about Critical Path, Slack, Constraints, and the various forms of Duration and Dependencies. But, have you looked for Negative Slack? This is generally defined as the amount of t...

5 Things You Must Do to Manage Projects with Microsoft Project

5 things you must DO to manage projects successfully with Microsoft Project. From the expert that helped build it and wrote the book. 1. Do organize the project logically. Use summary tasks to outline...

Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Enter Task Durations

The following in an excerpt from chapter 4 of Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts by Sam Huffman. Part of the MPUG Essentials Training. Download full version of chapter 4. Once the outline ...

The Do’s and Don’ts of 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: Sam Huffman deli...

Reporting Your Way!

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: Learn how to ...

Do’s and Don’ts: Using Hammock Tasks

Every so often I’m asked to reproduce a project management technique in Microsoft Project that isn’t a named feature in the software. Such is the case with “hammock” tasks. A h...

Sequencing Strategies in Microsoft Project

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:  The project sche...

Do’s and Don’ts: Use Resource Labels

A problem frequently posed to me is this: “I don’t have the need for full resource management in Microsoft Project. I have simple projects and manage few people. I don’t need to worr...

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts

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:  This session wi...

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...

Block Scheduling

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman explains “Block Scheduling” and how it is used when a task within a project is driving all of the other tasks as well as the project start and finish date...

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts: Creating a Risk Assessment Dashboard: Part 4

This article will make the most sense if you read the previous three (short) parts first: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 In this final segment of the series I will create a custom group for use in reporting and...

Splitting Task Assignments

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows you how to split task assignments when one resource must stop working on a task and another resource must finish it. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webin...

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts: Creating a Risk Assessment Dashboard: Part 3

In Part One of this series I illustrated a simple method to identify, quantify and evaluate risk in tasks and projects. Part Two illustrated how to use the information from Part One to create a “Risk ...

Creating Fast Interactive Filters

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows you how to create and use fast interactive filters to find specific information in your Microsoft Project task sheet. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webi...

Webinar: Microsoft Project 2013 Certification: What You Need To Know

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This webinar is eligible for 1 Category A PMI® PDUs in the Technical Project Management talent triangle category. If you are ...

Track Down Resource Scheduling Errors

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows you a systematic and repeatable 5-step method to track down resource scheduling errors in Microsoft Project. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webinar train...

Task Path

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows you how to use Task Path to help you analyze your project schedule in a dynamic, accurate and visible way. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webinar trainin...

MPUG Video Tips with Project MVP Sam Huffman

MPUG has partnered with Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman to provide you with quick and helpful tips for Microsoft Project. New tips are added every couple weeks, so be sure to check back often. Join ...

Create a Sequence Analysis View

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows you how to create a Sequence Analysis View in Microsoft Project. This split-screen view will help you analyze and troubleshoot quickly. Join MPUG to access full...

Project Statistics – The 30 Second Report

  Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows you how to create a 30 second report to quickly obtain the status of your project with no configuration required. A fast and simple reporting option that...

Change a Project Start Date

Microsoft Project MVP Sam Huffman shows how to change or edit the project start date in Microsoft Project. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webinar training sessions and hundreds more on-demand. ...

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts: Creating a Risk Assessment Dashboard: Part 2

In Part One, I presented a simple method to identify, quantify, and evaluate risk in projects and tasks. In this article, I will create a “Risk Assessment Dashboard” in Microsoft Project that’s ...

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts: Creating a Risk Assessment Dashboard: Part 1

You know that Microsoft Project is a great scheduling tool. Did you also know that it can help you quantify and evaluate risk? In this article, I will provide you with the basics for a simple risk eva...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Organizing Project Tasks Incorrectly

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Using Elapsed Durations for Team Schedules

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Constraining Activities

Microsoft® Project Expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Inadequate Baselining

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Scheduling Projects as Late as Possible

Microsoft® Project Expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Leveling Resources Without Analysis

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

The Trouble with Deadlines

Deadlines seem to exist in every project. How do you depict them? Are they constraints? Are they impacting your schedule? Do you have an early warning system that informs you they are not being met? P...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Incorrect Calendar Association

Microsoft® Project exert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve tha...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Assigning Resources to Summary Tasks

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Including Summary Tasks in Project Sequencing

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve th...

Webinar: Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1.5 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description:  This s...

Do’s and Don’ts: Use a Simple Program Simulation for Initial Assessment

A “Master” project is great for modeling a program but takes time to create and refine. (If you do not know about this capability see my other article, “Do’s and Don’ts: Creating Subprojects”) If you ...

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...

Do’s and Don’ts: Use Actual Start and Finish Dates

You know that setting a baseline is important for tracking and reporting. It is equally important to enter each tasks Actual Start and Finish dates, particularly if different than the Baseline dates. ...

Do’s and Don’ts: Creating Subprojects

Creating subprojects in Microsoft® Project is a simple mechanical process called consolidation. What isn’t simple is deciding whether or not to check the “Link to Project” checkbox s...

Group Resources for Effective Reports!

Here’s a hot tip that I find useful on every project that utilizes resources. The Entry table in the Resource Sheet View contains a field that can give a new perspective on resources when used a...

MPUG Certificate: Microsoft Project Server Essentials – Session 3

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:  Are you ready t...

Get To Your Control Documents Easily!

Ever had a problem finding a project control document on your computer, network, or intranet? You can open a control document, such as a statement of work, from within Microsoft Project, quickly and e...

Schedule Tasks Your Way

In all previous versions of Microsoft Project, from 1.0 through 2007, the question most asked of me has been, “How do I get Project to leave my schedule alone?” This question is convenienc...

Certificate Series: Microsoft Project 2010 Features Expert – Manually Scheduled Tasks

*Please note that the PMI® PDU credit for this session is not “mpugwebnlearn0820410” as indicated in the video. The correct PDU is: mpugwebnlearn080410 Project Management Institute (PMI)® ...

Certificate Series: Microsoft Project 2010 Features Expert – Creating and Managing Views, Tables, Sorting, and Grouping

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: Are you ready to...

Certificate Series: Microsoft Project 2007 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. Event Description:  Would you like ...

Certificate Series: Microsoft Project 2007 Essentials, Session 1

Watch 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. Event Description: ...

Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: Team Planner

There are the two features in Project 2010 that leap out at me as game changers: manual scheduling and the Team Planner. As Bonnie Biafore explains, manual scheduling allows the user to create and sch...

Forecasting Schedule Issues with a Deadline Dashboard

This article illustrates the value of using deadlines instead of constraints to make forecasting easier. Constraints make forecasting more difficult because they take flexibility away from a schedule....

The 30-second Report

Reports, Views, Tables and Visual Reports all give you great options for communicating project information. They also require time to explore and configure. But there is one reporting tool within Micr...

5 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Project 2007: Visual Reports

My fifth reason for upgrading to Project 2007 is a completely new feature — Visual Reports. The purpose of this new feature is to export data from Project 2007 into Microsoft Excel or Visio in o...

5 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Project 2007: Project Task Drivers

We’ve considered three great reasons to upgrade to Project 2007 so far in this series of articles: Multiple undo and redo, Change Highlighting and Cost and Budget resources. In this article I’ll...

5 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Project 2007: Change Highlighting

Change Highlighting isn’t available in previous versions of Microsoft Project. Like my previous topic, Multiple Undo/Redo, Change Highlighting may be all the reason you need to upgrade. If you m...

5 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Project 2007: Multiple Levels of Undo

In my position as a trainer I’m continually asked if there are any specific advantages to purchasing Microsoft Office Project 2007 or upgrading from a previous version. If your organization is l...

Mid-Point Scheduling

Not every project schedule has a clear beginning with an obvious first task or milestone start date. For example, the following training event project model is driven by a task within its project task...