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How to Schedule in Reverse

Or How to Trust Alice Some of us may remember the early childhood bedtime story of Alice stepping through the looking glass. She finds that, just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic (running helps you remain stationary, walking away from something brings you towards it). As a scheduler, have you ever been asked…

Microsoft Project PPM: What’s New & What’s Coming

Introduction As a Project MVP, I get to help customers globally, and I get to review approaches for MS Project and other scheduling technologies, including what is new and what will be potentially coming out in the future. As a note, I want to point out that MVPs (myself included) can’t guarantee new capabilities, but…

Analyze Minor Variance in Microsoft Project

Background Information Before you can analyze variance in a Microsoft Project schedule, you must save a baseline in the project. When you save a baseline, the software captures the current values for all tasks, resources, and assignments into several major fields, and a smaller number of minor fields as well. For task data, the major…

Task Types – Demystification

  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: When to use them, how to use them, and why to use them. How they behave with different types of calendars (Standard, and Resource), and what we…

Three Avenues for Efficiently Managing Your Project Schedule with SharePoint

Any project manager knows that as soon as their project begins, there’s a need to start re-planning the project schedule. SharePoint makes managing a project schedule incredibly easy. Depending on the size or complexity of your project, tracking your project plan with the out-of-the-box SharePoint Tasks List might do the trick. If you’re an experienced…

Best Practices for Making Use of Formulas 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: Take your Microsoft Project plans to the next level by learning how to use formulas to compute key project information. Learn when a formula will work and…

MS Project Formula Tips

Microsoft Project formulae are a powerful way to introduce custom calculations into your project plan. Many people who may be familiar with writing formulas in Excel find Microsoft Project’s formula editor a little less intuitive, so this article will give you a basic introduction to formulas in MS Project. I hope you can get started…

Creating a Ribbon Tab in MS Project

Ever since the 2010 version, Microsoft Project has “the ribbon” – a new kind of menu that is contextual and can be changed to meet users’ needs. This article describes how you can create a ribbon that exactly suits you. As an extra bonus, I’ll also describe how you can share your new Ribbon with…

A Detailed Look at the Reporting Tab in MS Project Professional

In this article, I’d like to pick apart one of the more recent additions to the Microsoft Project Professional application. It has been included in the 2013 version of the product, and it is a very powerful new feature that is sure to help many project schedulers in their reporting needs.     The above…

Microsoft Project Quick Tip – Ad Hoc Grouping

Microsoft Project includes a number of built-in groups for both tasks and resources. You can use groups to organize tasks or resources into groups with similar attributes or characteristics. To apply any group, display the View ribbon and then click the Group By pick list in the Data section of the ribbon. For example, Figure…

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