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Ask the Experts: Counting Task Occurrences with Microsoft Project

Angelo of Rochester, NY: When managing project schedules I need to produce a count of various tasks. For example, how many late tasks are in a schedule, how many critical tasks, how many milestones, e...

Ask the Experts: Similar Task Names

Delin, Harold, and Michael of Kalamazoo, MI, ask: In MS Project 2010 desktop, we will be managing several projects using a Master project. We noticed that since each project used some of the same task...

Ask the Experts: Tying Tasks and Assignments across Projects

Abhishek asks: I’m doing scheduling for multi-tower projects. Is there any way to see the resource usage for a particular tower? Ellen answers: The way you create and manage this project will de...

Ask the Experts: Over-allocation with 2.5 Hours of Work?

JP-PM asks: I was wondering why Microsoft Project creates a conflict right off the bat in this example: Task 1: 2 hrs work assigned to Jack and Jane Task 2: 0.5 hrs work assigned to Jack It creates bo...

Ask the Experts: Selling your Message with the Project 2010 Timeline View

Julie from New York City asks: I am in the process of putting a proposal together for a prospective client. The client will have eight batches of work to be completed. I need to lay out what it will t...

Project Directions: Microsoft’s Arpan Shah Fields Questions

If, as the Standish Group’s 2009 CHAOS Report declares, 68 percent of projects truly failed, that could either be considered an indictment of current project management practices or a compelling...

Ask the Experts: Combining Resources across Projects

Gary of Muscatine, IL asks: We have multiple schedulers who create their own schedules using a customized template. After the schedules are created, we would like to combine them so we can see the tot...

Ask the Experts: Hammock Tasks

Danielle of McLeansboro, IL asks: I hire flat amount contractors to perform multiple tasks. What is the best way to keep track of the schedule and the contract costs? We know that the contract amount ...

Ask the Experts: 15 Microsoft Project Tips for New Users

Steve in Phoenix, AZ asks: Do you have any tips and tricks to help new users with Microsoft Project? Ellen answers: Using Project can become a tricky endeavor at times. Knowing some of the tricks and ...