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Those *#$(&! Deadlines

Dear Elizabeth: I’m project managing 100 projects (seriously), and struggling. The main thing is deadlines – we have a fixed project deadline, but it’s largely in the control of our customers as we require information/feedback from them during the project. How can I set a deadline so that I can see the original due date…

Custom Workflow Notifications in the PPM Platform

When using a PPM platform such as Project Online or Project Server to capture, prioritize, select, plan, and manage their initiatives, organizations have a huge opportunity to automate their business process by collecting information about all project ideas in one place and, and based on their internal process, take a logical decision of which initiatives…

Managing Up to Keep Your Projects from Falling Down

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Leadership category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Think managing up is just brown-nosing in disguise? Think again. Managing up in projects done well will bring clarity, commitment, ownership, and support your project needs to meet time…

Mistake 6: Ignore Scheduling Modes

Description: In this video clip, we explore and discuss the sixth mistake from MPUG OMBUD Sam Huffman’s list. Mistake 6: Ignore Scheduling Modes. Sam shares his best practices that every project manager needs to know, to be successful. Learn more about Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts and download a chapter (for free!) by visiting mpug.com/do. Presenter: Sam Huffman first…

Reporting on Your Project Plan Using the Microsoft Project and SharePoint Sync

At my company, we are advocates of collaborative project management. That is, empowering everyone on your team to lead and contribute to the success of a project. There is no better tool for collaborative project management than Microsoft SharePoint! Managing a project in SharePoint centralizes all project information in one collaborative project site. Combine that…

Getting the Team to Use Ranged Estimates

Dear Elizabeth: I work on a project team for a manufacturing company. For the last year, we’ve been using ranged estimates to build out our schedules. For the most part, our customers love it. We have one customer who is putting up a fight, saying they want a hard deadline. How do we convince them…

Mistake 5: Recreate the Same Calendar for Every File

Description: In this video clip, we explore and discuss the fifth mistake from MPUG OMBUD Sam Huffman’s list. Mistake 5: Recreate the Same Calendar for Every File. Sam shares his best practices that every project manager needs to know, to be successful. Learn more about Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts and download a chapter (for free!) by…

Adding a Current Tasks Flag

It is important to keep your project team focused on current and near-term tasks. If you want to send out a weekly update to your project team, showing which tasks are active, but incomplete, or scheduled to start in the next week, it would help to have a flag that automatically identifies those tasks for…

Mistake 4: Ignore Calendar Hierarchy

Description: In this video clip, we explore and discuss the fourth mistake from MPUG OMBUD Sam Huffman’s list. Mistake 4: Ignore Calendar Hierarchy. Sam shares his best practices that every project manager needs to know, to be successful.   Learn more about Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts and download a chapter (for free!) by visiting mpug.com/do.   Presenter:…

Ask the Expert: Import Excel Data into Project – Tips & Troubleshooting

MS Project’s import/export function is not as clear cut as it seems, but if you follow some of the tips below the procedure should work more smoothly for you. The design of the data, the wording of the Excel tabs, column headings, and options all need to be considered to have import/export working in a…

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