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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...

A Better Microsoft Project: Workload Levelling and Resource-Critical Path

Most projects are logic-constrained projects (or, if I might suggest, wrongfully treated as such). A logic-constrained project has a duration only determined by logic (i.e., the network of dependencie...

The Shape of Projects

Introduction In this article, I’m referring to IT projects with the ‘shape’ of them being their visible form. Projects, IT projects in particular, come in many different shapes (i.e., plans). The PMBO...

A Better Microsoft Project for Time Modeling: Deadlines and the (Most‑) Critical Path

In my previous post, I explained that I’d be making a case in a series of articles for adding certain features to Microsoft’s Project for Desktop and Project for the web software. Here, I’d like to su...

Create a Custom Schedule Status Field in Microsoft Project

Overview Have you ever tried to use the default task Status field in Microsoft Project? This field uses the Status date that you set in your project (or the Current date if you have not set a Status d...

Display Actual Duration in Calendar Days and Not in Working Days

Background Information Last month there was a fascinating “brain teaser” question posted in the Project and Planner User Group on LinkedIn. The user wanted to know if there was a way to display the Ac...

A New Direction for PMI’s PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has gone through quite the metamorphosis over the past few years, positioning itself once again as one of the top authorities on how project management is practi...

Physical Volumes for MS Project Tasks

Many projects require task scheduling in terms of physical volumes (i.e. material resources in MS Project like ten meters, five tons, twenty items, etc.). Unfortunately, Microsoft Project does not hav...

Automate Microsoft Planner reporting using Microsoft Power Automate and Power BI – Lesson 2 Transcription

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Ben Howard’s webinar, Automate Microsoft Planner reporting using Microsoft Power Automate and Power BI (Lesson 2), being provided by MPUG for ...