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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…

The Art and Science of Estimating Task Lengths

Project management is both an art and a science. Estimating task durations and work draw on the project manager skills and experience. Estimates take into consideration factors such as resource skill, history, and experience. In this lesson, we’ll look at estimating duration and work. Estimating is the ability to make an educated guess as to…

A Microsoft Project Beta Exam Experience

If you haven’t scheduled your free Microsoft beta exam for test 71-178, “Microsoft Project 2010: Managing Projects,” you still have a little time to get into the testing center and tackle that before Microsoft closes the beta program. Check your email inbox for a message from MPUG with details on registration. Recently, an MPUG member…

Calendar Exceptions in Microsoft Project 2010

The following article is taken as an excerpt from the new book, Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual, written by Bonnie Biafore and published by O’Reilly Media. Setting Aside Holidays and Other Exceptions to the Work Schedule Work weeks assign the same schedule of workdays and times over a period of time. As the name…

Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: The Ribbon

My favorite new feature is the Ribbon. Features that used to be hidden in a series of multi-step menus are now visible and organized by Tabs, which are easy-to-understand categories. Within each Tab are Group divisions to further organize features. Popular functions are represented by big icons, and features that used to be challenging are…

Project Date Numbering

Often a schedule is prepared without knowledge of an actual start date. For example, a proposal may be prepared and shown to a customer who wants to know what happens on each day of the project without regard to a calendar date. This article shows how to present a schedule using “Project Days” instead of…

Creating Milestone Reports in Microsoft Project

If you’re managing complex programs or large projects, a summary milestone report may be the best way to share information that shows the status of key deliverables. Yet, out of the box Microsoft Project views are limiting and don’t provide the visual summary level views that give an executive the quick overview of project or…

Certification Insider: Mastering Duration, Work, and Units

Assigning one resource to a task and getting the outcome you want is easy. But adding, removing, or juggling resource assignments can be a mind-bender that leads to hair loss, foul temper, and being ostracized by your team members. Understanding how duration, work, and units fit together is the first step toward reining in wayward…

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