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The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 4

Think Win-Win While the project schedule is an important tool for many project managers, it is often misunderstood (or not understood at all) by project team members. When building the work breakdown structure (WBS) for the project, you will get a more accurate definition of scope (and as a result, the schedule) by involving the…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 3

Put First Things First Once you have built a solid work breakdown structure (WBS), it’s time to walk the talk and put first things first. Building a complete and accurate dependency network is what makes the schedule truly proactive. When building dependencies, try to think about natural relationships that exist for the scope of work…

The 7 Habits of Proactive Microsoft PPM Users: Habit 2

Begin with the End in Mind The most successful projects have a deliverable-focused work breakdown structure (WBS) to represent the true scope of the project. Build your schedules with the end in mind by establishing your outcomes/deliverables. This helps you manage scope throughout execution and ensures that the entire team is on the same page…

3 Correct Ways to Do Great Scheduling with Microsoft Project

Want to create great Microsoft Project schedules? Follow the three best practices I provide in this article. Next time, I’ll share three more best practices to avoid. DO Create a WBS As soon as you schedule a project, your next best step is to get a good understanding of all the work that needs to…

Sensei Releases Schedule Analyzer for Microsoft Project 2016

Project managers have a new way to assess the quality of their Microsoft Project 2016 schedules. Sensei Project Solutions recently released Sensei Schedule Analyzer, an add-in for Project 2016 and Project Pro for Office 365. The application performs schedule checking in four areas: work breakdown structure (WBS), resources, schedule and links. The assessments compare the…

Inactivate Tasks: The Best Way to Make Temporary Changes in Your Schedule

The Inactivate Task command works very much like “strike-out” or “Track Changes” in Microsoft Word. It allows you to remove segments of your project schedule to do “what-if analysis” or temporarily remove tasks not currently required while still preserving them for easy re-introduction to the schedule. As an example, my project was originally planned to…

3 Tips on Managing Projects and Clients

1. At ProjectPro, we created a guideline that we call the 1%-10% rule. The duration of any lowest-level task should be between a minimum and maximum duration. The minimum duration is 1% of the project duration. The maximum is 10% of the project duration. There are some exceptions the rule. We recommend you do not…

Critical Tools – WBS Schedule Pro

WBS Schedule Pro is produced by Critical Tools.   Product Summary: WBS Schedule Pro is Project Management Software that is powerful yet easy-to-use.         Capabilities: Create projects using WBS Charts, Network Charts or Gantt Charts. Use WBS Schedule Pro as a front-end planning tool for Microsoft Project or create charts from existing Microsoft Project…

Webinar: Using WBS Schedule Pro – By Critical Tools

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Project Management talent triangle category. If you are claiming this session, you must submit it to your MPUG Webinar History after it has been completed in its entirety. Event Description: WBS Schedule Pro is a Windows-based…

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Not Using the Baseline Functionality

This is the fifth article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can be useful for all versions of the product. This article will be about the baseline functionality – it is often forgotten or ignored by project managers. I will be talking about why you should…

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