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Why Time Constraint is the Most Important Project Management Constraint

Frederick P. Brooks Jr., in his famous book, The Mythical Man-Month, wrote, “Adding human resources to a late software project makes it later.” His statement is popularly known as Brooks’ law. Even before the book was published, project managers and other project stakeholders knew that project duration cannot always be shortened by adding more resources….

A Resource Constrained Schedule

  Impact on Expected Duration, Criticality, and Finish Time Correlation Schedule simulation can be used to estimate project duration. In addition, it can measure how much a task’s scheduling will influence project duration. Two such measures are a task’s criticality and finish time correlation. Criticality measures the likelihood that a task will appear on a…

In Defense of Hard Constraints…

I have a confession to make that will surprise many experienced Microsoft Project users – I use Must Finish On (MFO) constraints.  I have found that they are the only way that I can always ensure an accurate Total Slack value in my projects.  Let me explain using a simple example… Here is the scenario…

Take Back Control of Deadlines and Constraints in Your Schedule

We frequently see dates being given or set before the project is planned out fully or before execution starts. Some dates are contractual in nature, or given to us by the sponsor or client. They may even be government regulatory dates. Either way, these types of dates should always be considered as ‘commitment’ dates for…

Using Constraints

A short clip from MPUG’s webinar with Microsoft Project MVP Dale Howard. Dale explains constraints and demonstrates how to use them. Join MPUG to watch the remainder of this session and hundreds more on-demand.. Join MPUG to watch the remainder of this session and hundreds more on-demand. MPUG Premium Members have access to weekly live…

Certificate Series: Managing a Resource Constrained Project – Session 3

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 2 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Download the files used in this session   Event Description This unique event being presented by MPUG will provide the opportunity for you to be a part of a three-part,…

Certificate Series: Managing a Resource Constrained Project – Session 2

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 2 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Watch session 3 Download the files used in this session   Event Description This unique event being presented by MPUG will provide the opportunity for you to be a part…

Certificate Series: Managing a Resource Constrained Project – Session 1

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 2 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Watch session 2 Download the files used in this session Event Description This unique event being presented by MPUG will provide the opportunity for you to be a part of a…

Project Pearls: Why You Should Use Deadline Date Feature Instead

Do you capture the dates that you promised to your client using the Constraint Date feature (Finish-No-Later-Than, Must-Finish-On etc.) in Microsoft Project? We recommend you use the Deadline date feature instead because it keeps the forecasts in your schedule valid:  

Ask the Experts: Managing That Schedule with Drop-dead Deadlines

Gail of Hoffman Estates, IL asks: I have dates that I just cant miss. What is the best way to plan for those dates and make sure that I’m on schedule to make my targets? Answer: I recommend that when you’re facing dates you cant miss, plan a project schedule from the ending date and…

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