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A Rational Approach to Padding

We’ve all heard stories about estimation padding. The developer provided a 30 day estimation. His team lead doubted his wisdom and added another 10 days to it. The manager didn’t have a lo...

Mail: Another Perspective on Defining “Critical”

In response to Mike Glen’s article, “Ask the Experts: Define Critical,” published in the October 1, 2008 issue of the newsletter, the question is similar to ones that we have dealt w...

Oracle on Track to Buy Primavera

Bolstering its strategy to provide mission-critical operational applications for key industries, this week Oracle announced its intention to acquire Primavera Software. Primavera is a leading provider...

Ask the Teacher: Making the Most of Gantt Charts

Question: I seem to use only the Gantt chart view. Are there other ones that could help me manage my projects? Answer: In fact there are several that are standard in all levels of Microsoft Project th...

Writing Effective Project Requirements

Requirements are (or should be) the foundation for every project. Put most simply, a requirement is a need. This problem, this need, leads to the requirements, and everything else in the project build...

Ask the Teacher: Resource Percent Allocation

Bob G. of South Bend, IN and Chad of Marshalltown, IA both asked: Can you modify the resource usage view to show a percentage of work time on a task rather than the hours allocated? Answer: This can b...