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Make Saturday a Working Day in Microsoft Project

Background There was an interesting question recently in the Tech Community Project user forum. A user asked how to change the default working calendar to allow Saturday as a working day. The question...

Rescheduling Incomplete Work As Part of a Project’s 4-Step Tracking Cycle

In the first two articles of this series, a four-step tracking cycle was defined. It includes setting the status date, entering actuals, rescheduling incomplete work, and resource leveling the remaini...

Understanding Calculation Options in Microsoft Project

Background Information In the realm of little-used features in Microsoft Project, there are a couple of Project Options settings worth noting. These are the calculation options found on the Advanced p...

Thinking About Elapsed Durations

What is Elapsed Duration? Microsoft Project offers an unusual scheduling option known as Elapsed Duration. In the Duration column for any task, you can enter a Duration value two different ways: You c...

Saving and Using Personal Templates in Microsoft Project

Background Information A few weeks ago, I created a Tips and Tricks video on creating and using personal templates in Microsoft Project. The step that is required for using personal templates is not o...

Gantt Chart Wizard: A Blast Out of the Past

Background I was recently reading the latest posts in the Project Standard and Professional user forum, when I found a recent reply to a question that was originally posted in March 2011. I was greatl...

Timesavers 2.0

My first article on the topic of “Timesavers” was published about two months ago. I covered many of Project’s data manipulation tools and best practices for setting up easy access to different command...

Set Date Formatting by Project

Background There was an interesting question recently in the Microsoft Project user forum. The question was so interesting, as was my answer to the question, that I wanted to share this information wi...

Top Five MS Project Scheduling Mistakes

I’ve been covering a variety of MS Project (MSP) tips and guidelines in my last few articles. This time, I thought I’d write about the most common errors found in MSP schedules. When I started using M...

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