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How to Restore an Abandoned Project Schedule

Ever known someone with a once-beautiful old car that’s been left to rust away — their once prized possession now forgotten in the weeds? Often, a project manager’s schedules succumb to a similar fate. Consider what would happen if you were to tow that car out of the weeds and take on the project of…

Ask the Experts: Making Interim Plans Work for You

Ammar of South Africa asks: Using Microsoft Project 2007, can I view and display interim plans in a Gantt chart view? Also, how can I display interim plan data on other views? Answer: Great question! This is a feature that has been with Microsoft Project since at least level 4.0 from what I can remember. It’s…

Ask the Expert: Optimize Microsoft Project Performance

Joseph McDowell writes, “Microsoft claims Microsoft Project 2007 has the capacity of up to 400,000 tasks. However, we have a number of projects that when they get to about 1,000 tasks, things start to slow down, and when you get to 4,000 to 6,000 tasks, things slow down drastically. We’re running Project 2007 Professional on…

Track Project Progress with Physical % Complete

Far too often people arbitrarily track project performance through the “Percent (%) Complete” method with subjective estimates for “how finished” the project is. Microsoft Project doesn’t work well with this since manually entering values into the % complete field logically cascades a cavalcade of calculations, which aren’t necessarily intuitive. The % complete or % work…

The 30-second Report

Reports, Views, Tables and Visual Reports all give you great options for communicating project information. They also require time to explore and configure. But there is one reporting tool within Microsoft Project designed to give you on-demand status, that requires no configuration and that’s perfect for keeping historical information. I want to show you the…

Ask the Teacher: How to Print Sections of a Project Schedule

Brenda of Lincolnshire, IL and Tonya of Ann Arbor, MI write: I want to print sections or phases of a project schedule. What’s the best way to do this? Answer: If you’re repeatedly printing sections of a schedule, you can easily section it off and only print the sections you want. Let’s say you want…

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