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Resource Leveling: Problem Indicators

Who doesn’t like a good mystery movie? They’re chockful of timelines, inter-related events and lots of clues that, when understood, help the viewer arrive at a solution. These same attributes can also describe an uncooperative project schedule. But while a good mystery is entertaining and goes great with popcorn, a project schedule that won’t schedule…

Manually Entering Task Costs — How Is This Even Possible?

I recently learned something new about Microsoft Project. This new knowledge is an extension of how Project calculates the Cost value for each task. As most of us already know, the software calculates the Cost value for each task as the sum of the Cost values for each resource assigned to the task. For example,…

How Microsoft Project Calculates Task Duration

Ever wondered why a task starting on 1/2/17 and ending on 1/30/17 displays a duration value of three days while a task starting on 1/2/17 and ending on 1/6/17 displays a duration value of five days? Or why an allocation of three hours on one day is a duration value of 0.75 days, while an…

6 Ways to Correct “Remaining Work” Stuck in the Past

Marty McFly had a problem. He was stuck in the past. Like Marty, project schedules can have a similar problem with “remaining work” stuck in the past. In this article I show you how to recognize the problem, identify the cause and implement a solution to move those remaining work hours — back to the…

Up in the Air: GoGoAir’s All-Cloud Project Management Solution

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: Lisa Sams of GoGoAir will take you inside Microsoft Project Online + Microsoft Power BI all-cloud Project Management implementation, including how business processes can be mapped onto the tools,…

Tracking Methods in Microsoft Project Online and Project Server

There are three distinct tracking methods within Microsoft Project Online and Project Server. Understanding these practices — and how they relate to the way you plan your tasks — will help you choose the tracking level that adequately meets the needs of your project. Figuring Out the Appropriate Level of Task Progress Detail As an…

The Uses of Office 365 Planner for Project Management

Microsoft Office 365 Planner, announced in September 2015, is an application that “offers people a simple and highly visual way to organize teamwork. Planner makes it easy for your team to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files (using Office 365 Groups), chat about what you’re working on and get updates on progress.”…

Deep Dive into Microsoft Project Resource Pools: How to Build Them

In part 2 of this series, we follow a step-by-step process for creating a resource pool in Microsoft Project. Use this tutorial to create a new resource pool, and then attach that pool to a set of projects. An archive of the files shown in this tutorial can be downloaded here, so you can splash…

Closing Out a Project Schedule in PWA

A proactive project portfolio management (PPM) system includes proper governance to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data. An essential element of this governance is addressing projects that are completed or cancelled and to perform several actions on them also in order to complete them. You’ll want to ensure that all work has been…

The Agile Project Manager: Leveraging Agile in Microsoft Tools, Part 2

Microsoft continues to help grow its interconnected tool suites, building functionality that project managers can use to help increase their efficiencies and deliver results with their projects and project teams. Here are just a few of the additional tools that stand out today in the software for supporting PPM and agile processes. These tools are…

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