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The Seven Deadly Sins of Project Schedules

Scheduling is never a simple component of a project; yet in the last 20 years I’ve repeatedly run into the same basic problems in every organization I have worked for or consulted with regarding their schedules. Here I lay out the seven deadly sins of project schedules and provide you with some antidotes. My hope…

Response to “What is a Project Schedule?”

We want to thank the authors of “A Call to Action: What is a Project ‘Schedule?’” which appears on MPUG’s websiteand all those who provided comments to it (albeit, we would have preferred input that was in the context of the standard). The extraction of a single term out of the context of a developed…

Ask the Experts: Reports on Over-allocated Resources

Carol from Madison, WI asks: Is there a view where I can see the summary tasks as well as the detail tasks for over-allocated resources? I’d also like to see the resource usage for the resources at the same time. Answer: I understand your desire to see this information. When schedulers reuse the same task…

Schedule Tasks Your Way

In all previous versions of Microsoft Project, from 1.0 through 2007, the question most asked of me has been, “How do I get Project to leave my schedule alone?” This question is convenience and usability based, not competency based. My answer has always been, “Let’s talk about the goal and how the software can help…

Ask the Experts: Managing a Large Number of Resources

Nancy from Bartlett, IL asks: I’m managing many resources in my project schedule. When I use the Resource Usage view, the resources aren’t in an order that’s simple to use. Is there any way to re-order the resources in the view so accessing the information is easier? Answer: You have a lot of choices in…

Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: Project Timeline

There’s one feature in Project 2010 that I can’t stop getting excited about — THE PROJECT TIMELINE! This is something I’ve been shouting about since the very early beta and I am so glad to see it has made it to the final version of the products. The ability to gain a high level visibility…

Ask the Experts: Applying Two Constraints on One Task

Adenor from Oakbrook, IL asks: I have a task in a schedule that must start after an unknown date and must end on a specific date. I’ve tried to enter a start and finish date on the task, but it doesn’t seem to be working for me. After the task starts, it’ll take nine days…

Ask the Experts: Building What-if Slack Time into Your Schedule

Casper of Dallas, TX asks: Our projects are subject to the weather for our installations. We build into our schedules and contracts at least 30 days of weather cushion (about one per week). What would be the best way of handling this in a project schedule? Please keep in mind that this is a cushion…

Certification Insider: How To Influence Tasks and Win Friends (in Microsoft Project)

Good relationships are the key to success in Microsoft Project, as well as in life. Task links, aka task dependencies or relationships, tell Project how tasks influence one another, which it uses to calculate task start and finish dates. The start and finish dates of the tasks in a project combine to determine the finish…

Ask the Expert: Tips for Getting Project Server Buy-in from Users

Julie C. of Boston, MA asks: I’ve completed installing Microsoft Project Server but am having trouble getting the users to really work with the new system. We have been though the training classes, but the project managers are still reluctant to use the new system. What can I do to encourage the project managers to…

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