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Juggling Multiple Projects

Dear Elizabeth: I manage a team that that is always juggling multiple project tasks. How can I keep my team focused on their top priorities, and help them know what the latest priorities are? – All Over the Place Dear Place: Welcome to my world! Juggling is the norm, I’m afraid, but it’s great that…

Demystifying Custom Reports (Part 2)

As we found in Part 1 Demystifying Custom Reports, of learning to design custom reports in MS Project is a bit like falling down a rabbit hole, akin to what Alice experienced in the Lewis Carroll-written adventures, but as we are about to find out, learning to produce custom charts in MS Project is more like…

Consider Bringing a Portfolio to Your Next PM Job Interview

Would you hire an architect to build a new house if you hadn’t even seen photographs of some of his past designs? What about a plastic surgeon if you hadn’t seen proof of their past work? Sure, the plastic surgery example is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the underlying point is not. When people are looking…

How to Get More Resources

Dear Elizabeth: I’m currently running a large project that’s a mess. We’ve lost team members, the customer has asked for more features, and now we’re scheduled to go well over our deadline. I’ve had endless conversations with my manager about the need to add more people to the project—I’ve even shown her my resource workload…

Visio Basics For Project Managers

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: Perhaps you’ve used Visio to create a flow chart or a swimlane diagram… or an organization chart… but are you still doing those things by hand? Did you know…

Two Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Visio

Creating diagrams in Visio is fairly easy, but do you stop when you have a collection of shapes on the page? If you do, you’re missing most of the real power of Visio. While it’s true that a picture can be worth a thousand words, with Visio, you can take that picture to the next…

Starting Projects Too Soon

Dear Elizabeth: I work on a product team with a very efficient manager—too efficient! In her efforts to make deadlines, she often has us start early on work—before we have all the requirements. It feels productive at first. But as requirements change, we end up going back and redoing or fixing work and start to…

Seven “Forbidden Phrases” Heard From Project Team Members

Labor is the number one cost of development projects. Actual work hours make it most important to report progress on authorized projects.” “Real” or “Accurate” time reporting of hours spent on value-driven projects adds value to the organization and the PMO. Accurate project time reporting through Project Online saves large companies millions in a single…

Riding the Productivity Roller Coaster

Dear Elizabeth: I run a product team that responds to seasonal demands, and our output fluctuates. We have times when we’re very busy and then a couple of weeks where it’s slow. There’s always work to be done, but when demand ebbs, people’s productivity and engagement does as well. How do I keep my team…

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…

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