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Microsoft Project Do’s, Don’ts and Cool Customizations

  Event Description: This session will walk the attendee through 11 practices that are sure to be problematic. Topics will include but are not limited to: 1. Including summary tasks in project sequencing; 2. Assigning resources to summary tasks; 3. Constraining activities rather than sequencing dynamically; 4. Scheduling project tasks as late as possible; 5….

How to Run Scrum Projects with Project for the Web

  Event Description: Scrum is the most famous Agile Methodology. However, it is impossible to run with the Microsoft Project Pro version. But we can do it with the new Project For the Web. What are the advantages and limitations when you use it? How can you get most of it and avoid typical mistakes?…

Top Five MS Project Scheduling Mistakes

I’ve been covering a variety of MS Project (MSP) tips and guidelines in my last few articles. This time, I thought I’d write about the most common errors found in MSP schedules. When I started using MSP in 1997, I had to learn it on my own without much guidance. During those early days, I…

Analogous and Parametric Estimating

Microsoft Project, in its various releases (i.e., Online desktop, 2019, 2016, etc.), can become an accurate estimating tool for top-down (Analogous) and bottom-up (Parametric) estimating. This is accomplished by inserting custom columns and simple formulas. However, some tricks are necessary to get around user impediments. With accurate estimates, a Risk Reserve, an Estimating Uncertainty Buffer,…

Leveraging SharePoint with the Microsoft Project Sync

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 0.5 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: Instead of trying to decide whether you should be using Microsoft Project or SharePoint for project management, why not use both! By leveraging the Microsoft Project Sync…

A Beginners Guide to Baselining a Project

Throughout my career as a project manager, I have been through many project audits, but the first one is etched in my memory. During that first audit as a PM, I was asked to show the Microsoft Project schedule of my project. When I showed the schedule, the auditor asked me to then show the…

MS Project Leveling Performance

In my recent “Is MS Project’s Leveling Optimal?” article, I covered the fact that MS Project may not produce optimally leveled schedules in terms of schedule length. The analysis showed us how well Project’s leveling performs relative to established optima. In a comment on that article, Eric Uyttewaal suggested it would be informative to explore…

Microsoft Project Trivia: Options Settings – Where Are They Stored?

Background I answered in question recently in the Project Online General Questions and Answers user forum. The user asked a question was about the leveling options found in the Resource Leveling dialog and how to distribute those leveling options settings to other Microsoft Project users in his organization. I thought the question was interesting, and…

Understanding Calendars and Scheduling in Microsoft 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: Microsoft Project is a scheduling tool, and the schedule of every project is based on one or more calendars. In this high-energy webinar, Dale Howard will discuss…

The Best Ten Microsoft Project Tips for Beginners

There is an old adage which says, “Well begun is half done.” It means that once you start something well, the rest will become easier, and it’s especially true when learning Microsoft Project (MSP). I started using MSP in the year 1997. I was a greenhorn at that time and did not have much experience,…

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