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The Domino Effect of Low Self-Awareness at Work

People are like dominos. When placed together, the action of one domino can change the movement of all the dominoes near it. When a person takes action, it causes a chain reaction to the people and places surrounding that person. Self-awareness helps you to more effectively see these connections with other people and recognize more…

The Makeup of a Happy Employee

Originally published on Wrike Blog. Used with permission. Happy employees are an invaluable asset to any company. They radiate positivity, camaraderie, and tend to stick around for a while. In terms of efficiency, it’s in a company’s best interest to put their best foot forward when it comes to employee happiness. We partnered with Atomik…

Assigning Resources with Different Working Schedules

An interesting question about resource calendars in the Project Standard and Professional user forum prompted me to write this blog post article. After using Microsoft Project for over 21 years, one of the nuggets of wisdom I have gleaned from this software is, “Always trust the schedule.” When you assign resources to a task, Microsoft…

Tips for the Office Nomad

Employees, especially contractors, often connect with clients based on availability and/or engagement at the client’s worksite. This often means contracted employees are splitting their time between three or more locations – a contractor office, the client site, and home. How can one stay focused, organized, and accessible when working at multiple locations? Like anything, there…

Task Types – Demystification

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: When to use them, how to use them, and why to use them. How they behave with different types of calendars (Standard, and Resource), and what we…

Task Types Demystified

There are a lot of people who stop using MS Project before they even get very far into a project. The main reasons for quitting Project are: When they make a project plan and then change it, they get strange results. When they assign resources with their own calendars, they do not get tasks scheduled…

All About Work…for Project Managers

  The True Nature (and Math) of Work Sometime around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Nikola Tesla famously declared, “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” What if we just want to find the secrets of successful project work, and not necessarily uncover…

The Magic Formula and Manual Work Assignment

We all know that the heart of MS Project is the “magic” formula: Work = Duration * Units. This formula works with automatically scheduled tasks, but does it always work? Let me illustrate my point by creating a simple project with two tasks: As you can see, Work is 0 hours, because there are no…

Time Impact Analysis: Extra Work and the Effect on the Finish Date

Project Managers are often eager to undertake additional challenges.  Experience shows the seasoned manager under-commits and over-delivers as opposed to the alternative (over-committing and under-delivering).  There are real world processes and tools in place that can help the Project Manager understand and make realistic commitments.  Before commitments to accept extra work are communicated, there exists…

Free Microsoft Project 2010: Desk Reference Guide

Access this Microsoft Project 2010 reference guide for steps on how to: start your first project adjust the calendar set options set the Project start date and apply the Project calendar create relationships between tasks work with resources work with views manage a project generate reports learn keyboard shortcuts   View the Guide Here

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