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PMP Prep: Resource Leveling and Resource Smoothing

  Starting with its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) 5th Edition, PMI® introduced resource smoothing as a resource optimization technique in the time management knowledge area. In earlier additions of PMBOK only resource leveling was available. A number of misconceptions exist with respect to resource leveling and resource smoothing:   Resource…

Mastering Your Critical Task Threshold

All too often project managers narrowly focus on the critical path tasks in a project to the exclusion of all other tasks. In many projects, however, what we call near-critical paths are just as likely to cause a project to experience schedule problems and miss the commitment date. To illustrate, let’s start with two definitions…

Lost in Translation? 5 PMBOK® Terms Explained for Project Users

While PMI’s fifth edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® Guide is a great source for understanding the theoretical concepts of project management, the 2013 edition of Microsoft Project implements those concepts in a practical manner. While the core concepts remain the same between the two sources, there are some differences in the…

Manage Your Projects Using the “Nearly” Critical Path

Many project managers like to manage their projects by focusing on the Critical Path. Remember that the Critical Path consists of all tasks with a Total Slack value of 0 days. All tasks on the Critical Path are known as Critical tasks, and cannot slip without impacting the final Finish date of the entire project….

The Trouble with Deadlines

Deadlines seem to exist in every project. How do you depict them? Are they constraints? Are they impacting your schedule? Do you have an early warning system that informs you they are not being met? Project’s Deadline feature can help depict the deadline and provide warnings when the deadline is surpassed. When utilized, it provides…

Microsoft Project Critical Path 101

Project managers are frequently requested to share the critical path for their projects. In this article we will review the key elements that need to be in place to display the critical path using Microsoft Project 2010 or 2013. What Developing the Critical Path within Microsoft Project (version 2010/2013) where the software automatically forecasts the end project’s…

Certificate Series – Project Management with Microsoft Project Essentials, 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   Speakers: Bonnie Biafore and Sam Huffman   Session Outline Level 100, Session 1: Getting Started with Project Management and Microsoft Project What Is a Project? What Is…

Webinar: Using Microsoft Project Like a PMP®

Please log in above or start a free trial to view this video 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. Session description: Microsoft Project is a great tool for planning and tracking projects, the PMI methodology is a…

Webinar: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Using Microsoft Project

Please log in above or start a free trial to view this video   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:  Looking for ways to make your projects more efficient, wow your co-workers, and learn some…

Certification Insider: Understand Critical Path

The critical path sounds like a new rock ’em sock ’em blockbuster movie. In project management circles the critical path attracts as much attention as an award show’s red carpet, but for very different reasons. It’s the sequence of tasks (each one a critical task) with the longest duration, so it controls when a project…

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