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The Unified Theory of Everything (or at least Schedule, Cost, Risk, and Earned Value)

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: All organizations that run large Programs for a living must assemble deep expertise in disciplines including scheduling, cost analysis, risk analysis, and earned value management. Each requires…

Try This Status Manager Trick

  Microsoft Project Professional has a nice feature that allows project managers to delegate the responsibility for reporting task progress and/or approving task progress by changing the Assignment Owner and/or Status Manager on any task. Changing assignment owners is particularly useful if a resource won’t be able to enter his or her own progress for…

Increase Your Schedule Understanding with Smart Project Indicators

When using Microsoft Project to track their projects, project managers want the ability to identify any issues that may harm their schedules. One of the best ways to achieve this is through the use of graphical indicators. By default Microsoft Project offers an out-of-the-box graphical indicator called “Status Indicator,” which presents the current status of…

Out-of-the-Box Approach to Simulate Resource Allocation

As a Resource Manager sooner or later you will face the need to simulate scenarios to anticipate resource assignments. Microsoft Project offers you a possibility to do that based on standard functionality. I guess this option is not very common, so I would like to share it with you. While for task management you could…

Earned Value Demystified

What is Earned Value Analysis? žEV is KPIs that measure the Cost and Schedule performance of a project. žIt’s like a traffic light (green, orange and red), but better. Here are the main blocks of the EV calculations: So What? Earned value indicators that are variances or ratios can help you determine if there is enough money left in…

Get SET for Project Control

  “The closest to being in control we will ever be is in that moment that we realize we’re not.” – Brian Kessler Your first million dollar project is due to launch in two hours, when the customer calls in to request a major change in scope that will delay the project launch by many…

Do’s and Don’ts: Use a Simple Program Simulation for Initial Assessment

A “Master” project is great for modeling a program but takes time to create and refine. (If you do not know about this capability see my other article, “Do’s and Don’ts: Creating Subprojects”) If you are pressed for time and just want a high level initial assessment of resources, work and cost across all the projects, consider a…

Manually Scheduled Tasks

MPUG contributor Sam Huffman of the Versatile Company presented one of Project 2010’s new features: manually scheduling tasks. Sam explained that this feature was added to Project 2010 so that the user can schedule with a top-down approach, which means that a project file can be built without knowing all the details up front. Project…

What Does Percentage Complete Actually Mean

Percentage Task Duration Complete and percentage task Work Complete Explained. Microsoft project 2010 presents you with a bounty of riches when it comes to task work. But getting there takes a little thought let me explain How many times have you asked one of your colleagues have they finished their task yet, and been told…

Do’s and Don’ts: Creating Subprojects

Creating subprojects in Microsoft® Project is a simple mechanical process called consolidation. What isn’t simple is deciding whether or not to check the “Link to Project” checkbox setting in the final step of consolidation. The figure below shows the location of the checkbox. This article helps identify some initial considerations before creating subprojects. Is bi-directional…

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