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A Tsunami Happened but Nobody Noticed the Wave … Yet!

Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes below the ocean. They can occur in any ocean in the world. The earthquake displaces a massive amount of water that forms a wave. This wave is slowly rolling to the shores of the United States as I write these words. Are you ready? The earthquake happened when the U.S….

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…

A Call to Action: What is a Project “Schedule”?

In the world of project management project schedules can be characterized by their level of sophistication, intended use, or the nature of their content. In terms of sophistication, project schedules range from the simplest (activity listing or timetable), to the more comprehensive (bar charts which mesh action with time), to the most complex (network-based schedules,…

Keeping Your Project Schedules Updated by the Team without Microsoft Project

The Project 2010 feature that’s my personal favorite is called “Sync to SharePoint.” This feature is particularly useful for two groups: 1) organizations that have SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint Foundations 2010 but not Project Server 2010 and want to be able to share project information across their project teams; or 2) organizations that may have…

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…

Certification Insider: How Calendars Control Schedules

When and how long people work has a huge effect on a project’s schedule. Longer work days are one way to shorten project duration (although lower morale and productivity kick in if you push the limits too far). If local work habits or union rules set different work hours, you’d better use them if you…

The Five Secrets of Project Scheduling

Have you ever created a project schedule and later realized that you should have approached it a little differently? Have you ever created a schedule and then found that the way the information is organized makes it hard to identify potential problems? Have you ever wondered whether there’s an easy way to start creating a…

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