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Quick Access Toolbar for Easy Navigation in Microsoft Project

I recently delivered a webcast to MPUG members in which I referenced my Quick Access Toolbar sample. I find it extremely helpful for better navigation and resource management with Microsoft Project 2010. My Quick Access Toolbar will allow you to start your own standard toolbar, which you can share with your entire organization. Just send…

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 take to do one batch of work that includes building in hidden contingency time. I would…

The Art and Science of Estimating Task Lengths

Project management is both an art and a science. Estimating task durations and work draw on the project manager skills and experience. Estimates take into consideration factors such as resource skill, history, and experience. In this lesson, we’ll look at estimating duration and work. Estimating is the ability to make an educated guess as to…

How to Use Free Analyst Reports to Build Your Case for Microsoft Project

If you’re ever in the position of needing to sell your senior executives on the idea of using Microsoft products for your project and portfolio management (PPM) work, take a lesson from Microsoft itself: Exploit the contents of analyst reports. Recently, for example, Arpan Shah, the director of the Microsoft Project business crowed about his…

Certification Insider: Analyzing Variance with Microsoft Project

Whether you’re still planning or in the middle of the project execution maelstrom, Microsoft Project calculates scheduled values, which are the forecast values at the moment you look at them. Once the project is underway, the scheduled values are likely to drift away from the baseline you set. And those variances are the clues that…

How To Display Lag between Tasks in Your Gantt Chart

By default, the lag set between tasks is displayed in the Predecessor column of the Gantt chart view. Neither Microsoft Project 2007 nor Project 2010 has a separate field to display the lead or lag of specific tasks. You can display the lag as a separate field by following these steps: In Project 2007 choose…

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 will increase during the life of the contract. Since the contracts are flat amounts, we’re not concerned with updating hours…

The Seven Deadly Sins of Project Schedules

Scheduling is never a simple component of a project; yet in the last 20 years I’ve repeatedly run into the same basic problems in every organization I have worked for or consulted with regarding their schedules. Here I lay out the seven deadly sins of project schedules and provide you with some antidotes. My hope…

Arpan Shah, Head of Microsoft Project Product Management, Discusses Service Pack 1

Later this month Microsoft will be releasing its first service pack for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Included in that collection of updates, enhancements, and fixes will be at least 200 specifically for Microsoft Project Standard 2010, Project Professional 2010, and Project Server 2010. SP1, as it’s called, will also roll up all previously released…

The Missing Link in Microsoft Project 2010: Project Financial Intelligence

A growing number of managers rely on project and portfolio management to help them oversee their investment portfolio. As a consequence of this reliance, many have also discovered that their organizations’ current financial management practices fall short of intended goals. Results of a survey UMT conducted in September 2010 with leading U.S. companies indicated that…

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