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The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 7

Sharpen the Saw No doubt you know the story of the man in the forest who is too busy sawing to stop and sharpen the saw. Every day we come across project managers who are too busy updating their schedules and running their projects to stop and learn new techniques and disciplines that would greatly…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 6

Synergize What is synergy? Stephen Covey defines it this way: “It means the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It means that the relationship which the parts have to each other is a part in and of itself.” Once all the pieces of the schedule have been put together properly and are…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 5

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood In just about any situation, it’s much more important to listen and understand than it is to be immediately understood. When faced with a problem on your project, it is important to act as a facilitator and get all the right people involved in the conversation. The…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 4

Think Win-Win While the project schedule is an important tool for many project managers, it is often misunderstood (or not understood at all) by project team members. When building the work breakdown structure (WBS) for the project, you will get a more accurate definition of scope (and as a result, the schedule) by involving the…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 3

Put First Things First Once you have built a solid work breakdown structure (WBS), it’s time to walk the talk and put first things first. Building a complete and accurate dependency network is what makes the schedule truly proactive. When building dependencies, try to think about natural relationships that exist for the scope of work…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 2

Begin with the End in Mind The most successful projects have a deliverable-focused work breakdown structure (WBS) to represent the true scope of the project. Build your schedules with the end in mind by establishing your outcomes/deliverables. This helps you manage scope throughout execution and ensures that the entire team is on the same page…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 1

The great Stephen Covey has inspired so many of us. His teachings are integrated into every aspect of my personal and professional life. I recently took some time to pause and reflect on how the “7 Habits” have impacted my own career as a project manager and scheduler. Specifically, over the course of seven brief…

Extracting Data from the Black Hole: Creating Custom Views in Microsoft Project 2010, 2013, and 2016

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: Sometimes Microsoft Project users describe Microsoft Project as a “black hole”, feeling like the software “takes, but it will not give back”.  For example, did you know that Microsoft Project does…

Microsoft Project Tips – Learn From MVP Dale Howard

MPUG has partnered with Microsoft Project MVP Dale Howard to provide you with quick and helpful Microsoft Project tips. We’ve gathered all of these tips and put them in one place for your convenience. Join MPUG to access full-length, live webinar training sessions and hundreds more on-demand. Change the Duration of a Fixed Duration Task This…

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