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How New Technology, Better Collaboration, Simulations and Modular Designs Make for Project Success: An Examination of Nuclear Submarine Building

Some of the largest and most expensive projects completed of late have been fraught with huge time & cost overruns. These unexpected delays and expenses cause partial or full project failures with much hardship for all involved! Yet there have been a few cases where multi-billion dollar projects have been completed on time, under budget…

Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 2

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: Join MPUG author Daryl Deffler as he continues the journey through his latest series of articles on Resource Leveling. Slide Deck: MPUG Project 2013 Resource Leveling Part II Watch Part One Read…

Ten Project Management Truths

Project managers spend their days communicating, scheduling, reporting, and putting out fires. Days are unpredictable and often Plan A doesn’t work. Each project comes with its own set of challenges, but during my years of running projects, I’ve developed a list of certainties that keep me laughing and managing on. 1. Any project can be…

How to Be a Better Scheduling Analyst

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 webinar will cover the following topics: 1) Proper way to status 2) How to determine a quality schedule 3) Macros and filters for proper analysis 4) Analysis Template…

Exploratory vs. Explanatory Visuals in Planning

I love this topic because it elicits a higher level of thought around designing the data visualizations we need in planning, in a way that my simple mind can consume. In her book “Storytelling with Data,” Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic points out very early on that there are really two kinds of data visualizations: exploratory and explanatory. Exploratory visuals…

How To Be a Better Analyst

The majority of Microsoft Project books will undoubtedly teach you how to master the software. They explain in great detail how to set a baseline, update a calendar, or format a Gantt chart. However, most do not teach you the skills to be a well-rounded analyst, to solve problems, or how to interact with your…

The Balanced PMO – Moving beyond the Iron Triangle

From the beginning of time project managers have had three main focus areas in their PMO that have been the staples of how we deliver projects; Scope, Schedule, and Budget. Those three main focus areas are in the DNA of every project manager. When a project manager is assigned a project, they focus on those…

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 delivers a presentation on more of his famous Do’s and Dont’s, focusing on the top things NOT to do in your project, and why! Presenter Info: Sam…

5 Tips for a Better Design Phase

Communications in business, generally, should be designed for optimal readability by their audience, to cut risk. Miscommunication in business is bad. This means you we need to put some think-time and design-work into your plan-related communications. If you and your organization haven’t circled back around just yet, to make sure you’re doing it right, this…

Getting Earned Value Metrics from Microsoft Project

You may snicker to think that Microsoft Project can serve as a tool for producing earned value metrics. After all, there are highly complex, dedicated products that perform this job. In this article I won’t attempt to cover all the necessary aspects and nuances of using Project as an EV tool; but I will discuss…

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