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Are You Using the Team Planner View Feature in Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project is a powerful scheduling tool. Like all other Microsoft Office applications, it can be personalized and adjusted to answer a specific need. This article will introduce you to a feature in Microsoft Project that is not commonly used. I will explain how I used it to satisfy a very particular requirement. This less…

Beyond the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium®: The Role of Relationships and Communication

This interview with a project manager, took place during the 2017 PMI® PMO Symposium® and was conducted and condensed by Kyle Brownell. Q. This event focuses on two key topics: Agile transformation and the evolving PMO. Can you speak to the importance of those topics for PMO’s today? A: Agile is important because of the…

Five Tips for Building your Organization’s Methodology

Many people are confused about what a methodology is, because the word is misused frequently. According to PMI’s PMBOK® Sixth Edition,  methodology is “a system of practices, techniques, procedures, and rules used by those who work in a discipline.” But, what does that mean? Are the phases in a WBS a methodology? No, a WBS…

5 Top Soft Skills Leaders Need for Successful Staff Management

In today’s workplace, successful managers and executives are seeking ways to improve employee engagement while meeting company performance goals. Studies show a direct relationship between engagement and success, as well as between communication and morale. Addressing issues pertaining to engagement, whether through a weekly employee performance review or by attempting to emulate such through your…

Three Activities That Help Create an Authentic Workplace

Authenticity in business generates a relationship with people that makes individuals feel secure with both the product and the company. Authenticity is particularly important in this time in history as people are seeking genuine relationships. In a recent U.S. Census, the new business generation (ages 18-34) was identified as the largest generation in the nation….

5 Tips for Migrating Your PPM to the Cloud

The benefits of the cloud are hard to deny. For those in a Project Management Office (PMO), though, the thought of having to migrate Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) data from an on-premises solution is overwhelming. The PMO can’t afford to stop operations indefinitely, utilizing a “trial and error” approach to migrate its data. But,…

Where’s My Group Field Name?

Recently I was building an old standard view in a new project. The view spec displayed the grouped custom field name in the group bar. When I grouped by Work Area (Fig. 1), the field name disappeared (Fig. 2)! When I asked a couple of proficient users, what am I doing wrong? They gave a…

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…

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