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Ask the Expert: Accounting for Material Resources

Jay of Mt. Vernon, IL asks: I have tasks that will consume material resources at a rate of a number of items per hour. Is there anyway I can use Microsoft Project to have this calculation performed fo...

A Rational Approach to Padding

We’ve all heard stories about estimation padding. The developer provided a 30 day estimation. His team lead doubted his wisdom and added another 10 days to it. The manager didn’t have a lo...

Certification Insider: Creating a Project from an Existing One

When a project is similar to one you’ve managed in the past, using an existing Microsoft Project file is a good start. But that old file could have people who don’t work for you anymore, lower labor r...

Ask the Experts: Why Self-Taught with Microsoft Project Isn’t Such a Great Idea

Mike from Dallas asks: Our company is starting to use Microsoft Project Server and they want to send me to class. If I have been using Project Standard for a long time, why do I need to attend a class...

Ask the Experts: Define Critical

Q: I have a very important task that my boss thinks is critical to the project outcome, and it is not showing up as red. How can I make it critical? A: A bit of history reveals that project management...

How to Hide Tasks on the Project Web Access Task Screen in Project Server 2003

We needed a script to run twice a day, each night and at noon, against the SQL Server database to hide tasks for any project that was designated as “Closed” or “Cancelled.” In ...

Conquering Operational Resources and Time in Microsoft Project Server 2007

Microsoft Project Server 2007 allows for new scenarios on resource management, specifically regarding assigning resources to operational work. The secret to doing this is using a specific type of proj...