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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...

Why Enterprise Project Management Initiatives Fail

Paul Strebel wrote in the Harvard Business Review (May-June 1996), “Corporate reengineering success rates in Fortune 1,000 companies are well below 50%; some say they are as low as 20%.” A...

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...

Dealing with Under-Achievers within a Project

Personalities can have adverse affects on projects, and one of the worst is the Under-Achiever Type. Recognizing this in people may not always be that easy. Being able to cope with this personality ca...

The One-Page Project Manager

In his book, The One-Page Project Manager, author Clark A. Campbell shares a technique he developed as a project manager for O.C. Tanner, a 2,000-person company that specializes in employee recognitio...

Scrappy Project Management!, Part 2

Wondering how to get your message across? Here are some tactics that, while unconventional — and in some cases uncouth — work like a charm. Grab Attention. If you are co-located with your ...

Ask the Teacher: Are You Ready for Project Server?

Question: We installed the software for Microsoft Project Server. I’m not sure my users are ready to use it yet. What are my next steps? Answer: This question could take volumes to answer but I&...

Scrappy Project Management, Part 1

If you’ve led even one major project you are undoubtedly aware of the critical link between communication and success. In spite of the fact that project managers spend more than half of their time in ...