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The Newest Agile Features of MS Project

As a Project MVP, I get to help customers globally, and I get to review approaches for MS Project and other scheduling technologies, including Agile, Waterfall, Prince2, and other methodologies. This article is a continuation and update to the MPUG series on Agile Project Management with Microsoft PPM technologies. I hope you find it educational,…

New Features: What’s New in Project Pro 2016?

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: We have been using Project Professional 2016 for over 18 months and our experts have put together all you need to know about the new Project 2016 features. Join…

Differences Between a Healthy Project and a Healthy Schedule

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: Project metrics (SPI, CPI, BAC, etc) have frequently been talked about to measure the health of a project. The assumption everyone makes about these metrics are your schedule is…

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: 5 Gotchas

In this article about resource pools, you’ll learn about a potential danger while swimming around in resource pools and hear about all the known gotchas I have run across in my dealings with resource pools. An Important Note on Pool Safety and Security Pool safety and security is important. After all, you’re sharing data with…

The Agile Project Manager: Leveraging Agile in Microsoft Tools, Part 1

My background in construction and construction project management includes building houses, remodeling and commercial construction. Just as a good carpenter wouldn’t have a single tool in his or her tool belt to undertake a project, neither should an agile project manager or team member rely on a single tool to provide the best possible outcome…

The Agile Project Manager: How to Build Agile Projects in Microsoft Project

Now that you have the basics about what agile development entails, let’s look at how to build an agile project using the Microsoft Project suite (Project Professional, Project Server and Project Online). The key to success is to remember that Project is a relational database. Thus, it’s neither a waterfall tool nor an agile tool….

11 Quick Tips for Project Managers

First, three tips for remote teams… Have everyone submit a picture that shows something they’re passionate about and then have one of them talk about it in an upcoming meeting. This is a great way to build personal relationships even if you can’t meet them at the water cooler. Have a dedicated virtual lunchtime or…

Do’s and Don’ts: Using Hammock Tasks

Every so often I’m asked to reproduce a project management technique in Microsoft Project that isn’t a named feature in the software. Such is the case with “hammock” tasks. A hammock task is a task that has a variable duration. The duration is controlled entirely by other tasks in another or the same project. The…

The Agile Project Manager: Resource Management in Microsoft Project

Agile teams provide one value in resource management: ensuring that each functional project manager who is using resources can actually draw them from a single source. Fortunately, there’s a tool that can be invaluable for helping with this. The latest editions of Microsoft Project allow you to designate a single file as a centralized resource…

How to Decide When to Upgrade Your Microsoft Project Software

I receive a lot of questions from customers asking if they should upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Project. And why not? As of right now I work with clients who have all of these versions: Microsoft Project 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 as well as Project Pro for Office 365. Making the…

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