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Adding a Current Tasks Flag

It is important to keep your project team focused on current and near-term tasks. If you want to send out a weekly update to your project team, showing which tasks are active, but incomplete, or scheduled to start in the next week, it would help to have a flag that automatically identifies those tasks for…

MPUG High Five Videos

  MPUG High Five Video Submission Contest  Create a High Five Video & you’ll automatically be entered into a random drawing for one of many $1,000 cash prizes! Get more details or contact us at info@mpug.com. Working with Resource Pools Display Summary Tasks In The Resource Usage View Setting Task Dependencies Automatically Format Milestones and Summary…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 3

Put First Things First Once you have built a solid work breakdown structure (WBS), it’s time to walk the talk and put first things first. Building a complete and accurate dependency network is what makes the schedule truly proactive. When building dependencies, try to think about natural relationships that exist for the scope of work…

11 Quick Tips for Project Managers

First, three tips for remote teams… Have everyone submit a picture that shows something they’re passionate about and then have one of them talk about it in an upcoming meeting. This is a great way to build personal relationships even if you can’t meet them at the water cooler. Have a dedicated virtual lunchtime or…

Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description:  This session will walk the attendee through 9 practices that are sure to be problematic. Topics will include but are not limited to: Including summary tasks in project sequencing; Assigning…

8 Scheduling Tips for Project 2010

1. In Project 2010, I always use “Must Finish On” instead of a deadline date for the last task in my projects, in order to cement the task in the schedule. 2. I use “Start No Earlier Than” when something is to be delivered by an external vendor, such as, “Delivery of roof by October…

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Using Predecessors in Summary Tasks

This is the sixth article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can be useful for all versions of the product. This article will be about linking summary tasks. Flaw #1: Date-Related Planning Flaw #2: Capacity as Activity  Flaw #3: Lack of Structure (Work Breakdown Structure) Flaw #4: Too…

Webinar: Digging Deeper – Learning More about Using Task Mode and Task Dependencies

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: In the third of the four-part “Digging Deeper” series of MPUG webinars, the “Learning More about Using Task Mode and Task Dependencies” presentation will help you to…

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Assigning Resources to Summary Tasks

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve that problem. From organizing your outline to leveling resources, Sam Huffman shares his techniques for getting the job done right. Join MPUG to…

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Including Summary Tasks in Project Sequencing

Microsoft® Project expert Sam Huffman gives us the do’s and don’ts of Project. Each of these 9 videos shows a different problem that Project users may face and demonstrates how to solve that problem. From organizing your outline to leveling resources, Sam Huffman shares his techniques for getting the job done right. Join MPUG to…

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