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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…

Resource Leveling: Understanding Split Task Options

Simply defined, the word “split” means “to break apart.” There are many types of splits in the world, ranging from banana splits to stock splits. And not to be left behind, Microsoft Project allows tasks to be split. But what does “split” mean within the context of resource leveling and what actually happens when Project…

Resource Leveling: Resolution Options

In prior articles, we’ve talked about two of the three resource leveling components. The first component, leveling mechanics, defines what will be leveled and when leveling will occur. The second component, leveling hierarchy is a decision tree for defining the tie-breaker aspects of leveling. In other words, it determines which task stays put and which…

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…

Resource Leveling: Leveling Mechanics

Resource leveling is comprised of three components, and you need knowledge of all three to understand leveling in Microsoft Project. Leveling mechanics define the “what” and “when” aspects of leveling. Leveling hierarchy defines the tiebreaker aspects of leveling — which task wins (stays put) and which one loses (has to move). Resolution options define “how”…

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