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Analyze Minor Variance in Microsoft Project

Background Information Before you can analyze variance in a Microsoft Project schedule, you must save a baseline in the project. When you save a baseline, the software captures the current values for all tasks, resources, and assignments into several major fields, and a smaller number of minor fields as well. For task data, the major…

Do You Know Enough About Baselining?

In Microsoft Project, a baseline is like a “snapshot” of your project before you begin entering actual progress. Following best practices for baselining is essential to the success of any project, but do you know enough about what types of data are saved in a baseline, where to view this data, and how that all…

Calculating the Percent of Variance in Microsoft Project

  Have you ever wanted to know the impact of a given variance in your schedule percentage-wise? For example, let’s say you have a finish variance of five days in a task that was originally planned to be executed in 20 days. If we calculate the variance of the task (5 days) over what was…

Microsoft® Project Do’s & Don’ts: Inadequate Baselining

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…

Webinar: Digging Deeper – Learning More about Inactivating Tasks and Inserting a Repeatable Block of Tasks

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Presentation Description In the first of the four-part “Digging Deeper” series of MPUG webinars, the “Learning More about Inactivating Tasks and Inserting a Repeatable Block of Tasks” presentation will help…

Certificate Series: Microsoft Project 2013 and Project Online – Session 2

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 2 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle.   Watch session 3 Session 2 Use Project Like a Pro •10 steps to mastering Microsoft Project Speaker Bio Ben Howard, MVP Awarded Community Leader for his very popular and…

Earned Value Demystified

What is Earned Value Analysis? žEV is KPIs that measure the Cost and Schedule performance of a project. žIt’s like a traffic light (green, orange and red), but better. Here are the main blocks of the EV calculations: So What? Earned value indicators that are variances or ratios can help you determine if there is enough money left in…

Analyzing Work Plan Variances

Introduction Keeping your project under control requires a periodic look for tasks that are not progressing as originally planned. As a first step, you must track progress by entering Actual Work, Remaining Work, Actual Start and Actual Finish. Once you have captured this information you’re ready to analyze plan variances—that is: tasks where progress is…

Webinar: Keeping Your Project on Track by Leveraging the Baseline Features of Microsoft Project

Please log in above or start a free trial to view this video   Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1.5 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Keeping Your Project on Track by Leveraging the Baseline Features of Microsoft Project This webinar will provide…

Ask the Experts: Updating the Baseline

Rick from San Jose, CA asks: During the execution of my project, my baseline needs to be updated because of change requests from my clients. What is the best way to do this in Microsoft Project? Answer: When the baseline of the project is set, it is set for all three areas of the data…

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