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Back to Basics: Project Manager vs. Project Sponsor

I regularly conduct PMP training workshops. About one hour in, I discuss project stakeholders, and almost always the same question comes up: What is the difference between the project manager and the ...

Project Management

Back to Basics: What is the Role of a Project Manager?

There are a few reasons you may wish to understand the role of a project manager more fully. Perhaps it is because you are looking for a project management job and want to have a career in project man...

A Better Microsoft Project: Background Color in D * U = W fields to Communicate Which Fields are Protected and Editable

This article is the third in this series, A Better Microsoft Project. You can find the first two articles here and here. I believe the fields involved in assigning resources in MS Project have created...

A Better Microsoft Project for Time Modeling: Deadlines and the (Most‑) Critical Path

In my previous post, I explained that I’d be making a case in a series of articles for adding certain features to Microsoft’s Project for Desktop and Project for the web software. Here, I’d like to su...

How to Use Dataflows to Enhance your Power BI Datasets

I’m a big fan of Power BI dataflows! In this article, I’ll show you why, and you will be able to reproduce the steps I’ve taken if you have sufficient Project Online permissions (minimal Portfolio Vie...

Portfolio Management with Project for the Web

Project Portfolio Management, or PPM, is the continuous process of selecting, prioritizing, executing, and monitoring all the projects and portfolios in an organization. PPM’s primary goal is to judge...

Closing A Project with MS Project

A project, unlike an operation, is a temporary endeavor. Because of this fact, every project will have a beginning and an end. There can be multiple projects launched within a program life cycle or a ...

A Simple Project Management Checklist

Projects are essential to all organizations’ goals and objectives. Successful project completions according to targeted purposes account for optimum company performance. But only through a robust proj...

Using a Finish By Field Instead of Deadline Dates in Microsoft Project

Background Information In my third and previous article in this series, I demonstrated how the use of Deadline dates can negatively impact the Total Slack calculations for tasks in your Microsoft Proj...