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Those *#$(&! Deadlines

Dear Elizabeth: I’m project managing 100 projects (seriously), and struggling. The main thing is deadlines – we have a fixed project deadline, but it’s largely in the control of our customers as we require information/feedback from them during the project. How can I set a deadline so that I can see the original due date…

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…

2 Ways to Postpone Your Microsoft Project Schedule

When I observe individuals using Microsoft Project, I sometimes see them using techniques that don’t optimize the features available. An example of such a technique is when someone changes the start date of the first task when he or she really wanted to move the entire project. This typically leads to adding a task constraint…

The Agile Project Manager: How to Build Agile Projects in Microsoft Project

Now that you have the basics about what agile development entails, let’s look at how to build an agile project using the Microsoft Project suite (Project Professional, Project Server and Project Online). The key to success is to remember that Project is a relational database. Thus, it’s neither a waterfall tool nor an agile tool….

Plan for the Finish — Manage from the Start

Oftentimes people want to plan a project from the finish date and manage it from the start date. The benefit of doing so is that the project manager can flag the tasks with critical goal dates using deadlines and will be able to manage the project to achieve the goal dates. Here’s how. To plan…

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…

Webinar: What NOT to do in MS Project – Breaking Bad Habits

  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: Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to become a more effective user of Microsoft Project?  Join us for this exciting and practical webinar that will help…

Certificate Series: Proactive Scheduling Essentials with Microsoft 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   Ultimately, the purpose of the project schedule is to enhance the chances of successful project delivery. To be useful then, a proactive schedule should always reflect…

Ask the Experts: Applying Two Constraints on One Task

Adenor from Oakbrook, IL asks: I have a task in a schedule that must start after an unknown date and must end on a specific date. I’ve tried to enter a start and finish date on the task, but it doesn’t seem to be working for me. After the task starts, it’ll take nine days…

Webinar UK: Learn from the MVP Desktop Series

Please log in above or start a free trial to view this video   Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is not in the PMI® system. However, it is eligible for self-directed learning PMI® PDU credit. Event Description: Join our MPUG UK chapter leaders and Mike Glen, Microsoft Project MVP, as…

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