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The Shape of Performance Reporting

An Outline that Can Be Used for Tracking Progress It could be said that communication is the oil that keeps a project running smoothly. Project managers (PMs) can spend up to 90 percent of their time on internal and external communications. Communication management includes project status tracking and reporting processes. A schedule for such should…

Agile & Project PPM: The Better Together Story

Agile PPM & Project Several years ago, Microsoft outlined their commitment to providing better experiences and richer capabilities to users of MS Project. One of the key investment areas was Agile. We have seen this evidenced with new tools coming forward. Examples include Office 365 Planner, Wunderlist which is now MS To-Do, and the Kanban…

Applying Details to the Task Form View

In a recent blog post article, I discussed how to apply and use the Task Entry view. This view, by the way, is a combination view or “split” view that includes the Gantt Chart view in the top pane and the Task Form view in the bottom pane. What I did not explain in my…

Eliminate the Confusion: Understanding the Peak Field

The 2010 version of Microsoft Project introduced some new functionality whose behavior has confused and confounded users with all degrees of experience, from absolute beginners to power users. Microsoft introduced this new functionality to fix a bug that had been present in the software since I first started using it many years ago. When Microsoft…

Don’t Turn your Critical Path into a Slippery Path

In my last article, I covered four misconceptions about critical path. Now, I’ll be going through some of the mechanics of finding the critical path in a project, so that you have a better understanding how it evolves. Keep in mind that Microsoft Project’s software performs similar calculations. Manipulation of the network sequence diagram involves…

MS Project Exam Changes?! Oh My!

If you’re a Project Manager, it’s likely you’ve heard it through the grapevine: Microsoft has officially retired their MS Project certification exam 74-343 Managing Projects. Though the exam has been retired as of July 31, 2019, those who have taken the exam will be recognized for competency until June 30, 2020. Originally published and made…

Using the Task Entry View

In my humble opinion, I believe the Task Entry view is one of the most powerful views available in Microsoft Project. Using this view, you can take complete control over the software’s scheduling engine while you assign resources to tasks in your project schedule. By now, you might be asking yourself, “Task Entry view? I…

Back to Basics: What is Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project is a software application sold by Microsoft that provides project management tools to manage projects. The program, which has many different versions, allows users to: Understand and control project schedules and finances. Communicate and present project information. Organize, estimate, and schedule work, resources, and costs to ensure projects are completed according to plan….

Webinar Recap: Best Practices for Making Use of Formulas in Microsoft Project

Posted: April 17, 2019 Presenter: Safford Black [SB] Moderator: Kyle [Kyle]   Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Safford Black’s Best Practices for Making Use of Formulas in Microsoft Project webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. You may wish to use this transcript for the purposes…

View All Predecessors and Successors for a Task

A question in the Project Standard and Professional user forum caught my eye recently. I answered the user’s question in the forum and then decided to blog about it. The user asked how to create a view in which he could select any task and see all of the task’s Predecessors and Successors, along with…

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