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Exploratory vs. Explanatory Visuals in Planning

I love this topic because it elicits a higher level of thought around designing the data visualizations we need in planning, in a way that my simple mind can consume. In her book “Storytelling with Data,” Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic points out very early on that there are really two kinds of data visualizations: exploratory and explanatory. Exploratory visuals…

Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 1

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Join MPUG author Daryl Deffler as he journeys through his latest series of articles on Resource Leveling. Slide Deck: MPUG Project 2013 Resource Leveling Part I Watch Part Two Read Daryl’s articles…

What is a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?

A work breakdown structure or WBS is a common term in project management. The concept is used each time a new project is designed — and is created before entering any data into a Microsoft Project file. Yet even though the WBS is an important construct to project managers, creating and using a WBS in…

5 Tips for a Better Design Phase

Communications in business, generally, should be designed for optimal readability by their audience, to cut risk. Miscommunication in business is bad. This means you we need to put some think-time and design-work into your plan-related communications. If you and your organization haven’t circled back around just yet, to make sure you’re doing it right, this…

Top 10: MPUG’s Most Popular Articles for 2017

MPUG visitors pick their 10 favorite reads for the year… #1: PMP Prep: Decision Tree Analysis in Risk Management By Satya Narayan Dash #2: The Uses of Office 365 Planner for Project Management By Jeremy Cottino #3: 5 Things to Know about Microsoft Project Baselines By Erik van Hurck #4: Mind-Mapping Your Way to Better…

Getting Earned Value Metrics from Microsoft Project

You may snicker to think that Microsoft Project can serve as a tool for producing earned value metrics. After all, there are highly complex, dedicated products that perform this job. In this article I won’t attempt to cover all the necessary aspects and nuances of using Project as an EV tool; but I will discuss…

The New Project: Link Tasks on a Dropdown Menu

Want to learn what’s new in Project 2016? Join author Sai Prasad as he explores updates to the latest versions of Microsoft Project in this MPUG webinar. Microsoft Project calculates the task start and task finish based on many factors: calendar, constraints, predecessors, resources, lags. (Tip: If you want to see the factors affecting the…

When a Fixed Duration Task is Truly Not “Fixed Duration”

Oh, the misery! If you’ve ever used Fixed Duration tasks in your enterprise projects running in Microsoft Project Online or Project Server and your organization uses the Timesheet page in Project Web App (PWA) to track actual task progress, then no doubt you have experienced heartache and disappointment. Those Fixed Duration tasks don’t behave the…

10 Signs Your PMO is Trying to Fly “Alternative Facts”

Project Management Professionals and Microsoft-certified individuals are committed to the quality and continuity of a project’s process and progress. While we must salute their passionate tenacity during the most complex challenges, we must also acknowledge that the health of any project may well be determined by the enthusiasm (or lack thereof) from supervisory or executive…

Resource Leveling: Recommendations

Welcome to the final article in the “Resource Leveling” series. If you’ve read the prior articles, you may have noticed a lack of recommendations. I did that purposely to keep those articles focused on the “black and white” aspects of tool functionality and so that I could present recommendations all together in one final article,…

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