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Critical Path, Criticality Analysis, and Criticality Index

Imagine the following scenario. You are in charge of managing a big match in a stadium. The venue can hold over 100,000 people. The audience is as passionate about watching, as their favorite players are about playing. Any untoward incident can create problems. You want to have the security, monitoring, and all other aspects of…

Four Tips to Ensure Accurate Project Status

Microsoft Project is a powerful project management tool. That’s what it is – a tool. Its dashboards and views are an agent for successful status communication, but the highlighted information is only as good as the accuracy of the user’s data. What type of information is important to ensure an accurate project status? Where do…

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…

Ask the Expert: Import Excel Data into Project – Tips & Troubleshooting

MS Project’s import/export function is not as clear cut as it seems, but if you follow some of the tips below the procedure should work more smoothly for you. The design of the data, the wording of the Excel tabs, column headings, and options all need to be considered to have import/export working in a…

Managing Negative Slack: Dos and Don’ts

Much has been written about Critical Path, Slack, Constraints, and the various forms of Duration and Dependencies. But, have you looked for Negative Slack? This is generally defined as the amount of time required to complete a task or project beyond its scheduled finish date. Think of it as the minimum amount of time to…

Keep Your Outlook Calendar Up to Date with Your Microsoft Project Tasks Using the P2O Application

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: Outlook is the tool we all use to manage our day to day corporate and personal tasks, and yet as Project Managers or Team Members we’re also expected to…

What MS Project Managers Can Learn from the Equifax Breach

The recent and massive data breach at Equifax shows us just how vulnerable we are in many critical ways: from attacks on our personal information to attacks on the very companies that cut our pay checks. When thinking about safeguarding the companies that we work for, we face millions of collective hacking attempts every day, and…

Scheduling the Shortest Duration Possible

A user posed an interesting question recently in the Microsoft Project Standard and Professional TechCenter forum on the Internet. He asked how to assign resources to a task to generate the shortest Duration possible for the task using the following requirements: The task requires 100 hours of total work for all assigned resources. One resource…

Resource Leveling: Limitations

In prior articles I’ve reviewed how leveling determines which task to delay and the techniques Microsoft Project can use to resolve those allocations. In this article you learn about additional resource leveling limitations. Contrary to what you might think, leveling doesn’t always resolve every overallocation. I know, it’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Prior articles…

Resource Leveling: Leveling Fields

Welcome back to our series on resource leveling! This article wraps up the core leveling functionality by examining the leveling fields available to: Override leveling options at a task or resource level; and Review leveling changes or impacts. Override Fields “Level Assignments” This Yes/No field is a task level override for the project-level “Leveling can…

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