Back to Basics: Assumptions vs. Constraints vs. Dependencies

I regularly provide project management advisory and Project Management Office (PMO) related consulting services to my clients. On many occasions, I have found that project managers do not di...Read More

Understanding Dependencies, Leads and Lags with MS Project

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: A...Read More

Managing Negative Slack: Dos and Don’ts

Much has been written about Critical Path, Slack, Constraints, and the various forms of Duration and Dependencies. But, have you looked for Negative Slack? This is generally defined as the amount of t...Read More

Quickly and Easily Create Cross-Project Dependencies

A question asked occasionally in the Microsoft Project and Project Online user forums is this: “How can I link a task in one project with a task in another project?” The heart of this ques...Read More

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 w...Read More

The Sign Warned Me: “Enter at Your Own Risk”

Early in my career I was assigned a project that had been running for almost a year, but had never seen a single live release to the customer. On my first day, I was informed, “Welcome aboard! B...Read More

Inactivate Tasks: The Best Way to Make Temporary Changes in Your Schedule

The Inactivate Task command works very much like “strike-out” or “Track Changes” in Microsoft Word. It allows you to remove segments of your project schedule to do “what-...Read More

4 Handy Microsoft Project Scheduling Tips

1. When you schedule electronically, you should not enter start or finish dates for tasks. If you use Microsoft Project to simply capture dates and only dates, you may as well use Microsoft Excel inst...Read More

Finish to Finish/Start to Start Dependencies with Lag.

This tip explains Lag with Dependencies other than Finish to Start, like Finish to Finish and Start to Start, in Microsoft Project 2013. First we create a simple project: As you can see in the Predece...Read More

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 Micro...Read More