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Supercharge your Productivity with New Agile, Kanban and Scrum Features and Capabilities in Microsoft Project

  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: The wait is finally over! Agile, Kanban and Scrum functionality in Microsoft Project is here. Come get a deep dive working and training tour of these new features…

Newly Released Agile Capabilities in MS Project

Welcome to MPUG’s latest article on Agile capabilities in MS Project. The how-to’s and tips posted here are designed to help Project to Portfolio managers leverage tools, technologies, and best practices to deliver a stellar value in daily work activities. My name is Tim Runcie and I have spent the last 20+ years supporting customers…

Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts: Enter Task Durations

The following in an excerpt from chapter 4 of Microsoft® Project Do’s and Don’ts by Sam Huffman. Part of the MPUG Essentials Training. Download full version of chapter 4. Once the outline is entered in Microsoft® Project, you are ready to estimate and enter task durations. This is accomplished by typing the estimated duration in minutes, hours, days, weeks…

Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 1

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: Join MPUG author Daryl Deffler as he journeys through his latest series of articles on Resource Leveling. Slide Deck: MPUG Project 2013 Resource Leveling Part I Watch Part Two Read Daryl’s articles…

The New Project: Link Tasks on a Dropdown Menu

Want to learn what’s new in Project 2016? Join author Sai Prasad as he explores updates to the latest versions of Microsoft Project in this MPUG webinar now available on-demand. Microsoft Project calculates the task start and task finish based on many factors: calendar, constraints, predecessors, resources, lags. (Tip: If you want to see the factors…

When a Fixed Duration Task is Truly Not “Fixed Duration”

Oh, the misery! If you’ve ever used Fixed Duration tasks in your enterprise projects running in Microsoft Project Online or Project Server and your organization uses the Timesheet page in Project Web App (PWA) to track actual task progress, then no doubt you have experienced heartache and disappointment. Those Fixed Duration tasks don’t behave the…

Resource Leveling: The Leveling Cycle

There’s an old joke: How do you eat an elephant? The answer is: one bite at a time. While the joke may be goofy, it illustrates an important concept. A step-by-step ordered approach can be used to address any big problem. Leveling a new schedule for the first time can be just like that. The…

Resource Leveling: Preparing to Level

Welcome back to our series on Resource Leveling! Thus far, we’ve been focused on the technical aspects of leveling, concentrated on establishing a core understanding of the leveling hierarchy, the leveling options and leveling limitations. With this foundation in place, the series will now change gears and cover the leveling process. Preparing to Level How…

Resource Leveling: The Leveling Hierarchy, Part 2

Last time I introduced the concept of the “leveling hierarchy” and examined the first three hierarchy levels: Priority 1000, Manual and Started Tasks. In this article, we review the remainder of the leveling hierarchy. As a reminder, all of the examples I present look for overallocations on a “Day by Day” level with the scheduling…

Resource Leveling: The Leveling Hierarchy, Part 1

Last time we examined resource leveling mechanics for Microsoft Project. This time, we look at the leveling hierarchy. And because it’s a BIG topic that can easily overwhelm, I’m breaking it into two “bite-sized” articles. Overallocation Types As a refresher, an overallocation is a situation where a project resource is scheduled to work more than…

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