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How Optimal is Your Leveling?

Written on January 20, 2020 by

For the project manager, the objective of resource leveling is to minimize the length of the resource-feasible schedule. For the computer scientist, the objective is to write code that will find a resource-feasible schedule in a reasonably short amount of time. The resource-constrained project scheduling problem (RCPSP) is NP-hard, which means that finding an optimal…

Four Ways to Customize the Gantt Chart in MS Project

Written on January 6, 2020 by

Gantt chart is the default view in MS Project. Since the inception of MS Project (MSP), Microsoft engineers have used Gantt chart as the default, although I have often wondered why they didn’t choose some other view. I think Network diagram may have been a better choice, as it is a much better tool for…

Big Announcements from Ignite 2019

Written on December 31, 2019 by

Microsoft’s Ignite is the place to learn from the experts, connect with your community, and explore the latest technology. The platform connects over 25,000 individuals focused on software development, security, architecture, and IT. Attendees explore new hands-on experiences that will help them innovate in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development. Diversity…

Repairing a Polluted Enterprise Global File

Written on December 6, 2019 by

Background Every few years I like to reprise some favorite topics during my career with the Microsoft project management tools. Today I want to reprise the topic of how to repair a polluted Enterprise Global file in either Project Online or Microsoft Project Server. First of all, what do I mean when I use the…

A Beginner’s Guide to Resource Leveling in MS Project

Written on November 25, 2019 by

How would you feel about someone else doing a job for you and not charging you a penny? I am sure we’ve all had moments when this would sound pretty good, but what if this person botched up the job or did something that you just couldn’t understand? Well, then you would likely be pretty…

Manually Entering Task Progress in Microsoft Project

Written on November 18, 2019 by

Overview If you are a project manager who manages desktop-only projects with Microsoft Project, you need to know how to manually enter task progress in your project schedules. And if you are a project manager in an organization that uses Project Online or Project Server, but your organization does not use the Timesheet page or…

Understanding the Cost Model in Microsoft Project

Written on November 13, 2019 by

  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: Microsoft Project offers a robust and powerful model for managing project costs. In this one-hour webinar, Dale Howard will take you on a “deep dive” of all…

Removing Start-to-Finish Relationships from Mid-point Scheduling

Written on November 12, 2019 by

Mid-point or block scheduling involves a sequence of tasks, the scheduling of which is dependent upon the start of a target task embedded within the sequence. In practice, as the sequence is moved forward or backward within the schedule, start-to-finish (SF) task relationships are used to drag the predecessors of the target task along with…

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

Written on October 16, 2019 by

  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 Triangle.   Event Description: Versions 2013 and up of the Microsoft Project application contain a very powerful reporting module. Erik van Hurck will share 3 tips…

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

Written on October 9, 2019 by

  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.   Event Description: In this practical webinar Erik van Hurck helps you create the best views for your specific needs. We will learn the differences…

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