3 Reasons Team Members Disengage and How to Overcome Them

Project management is often defined as managing the scope, cost and schedule of a project. What many forget is that the triple constraints aren’t what facilitate projects to completion. It is the people behind those projects that drive the execution. How many times have you been in your weekly status meeting listening to everyone around Read more about 3 Reasons Team Members Disengage and How to Overcome Them[…]

Impact of Schedule Updates on Project Health

As a scheduler, I witness first-hand how different organizations choose to monitor and track project progress through schedules. Although updating the schedules for active projects may seem trivial on regular basis, it can save organizations time and money through increase in efficiency. Developing and maintaining a schedule plays a significant part in the successful planning Read more about Impact of Schedule Updates on Project Health[…]

Manually Scheduled vs Auto Scheduled – Part Two

Changing Existing Tasks In the part one of this blog I explained the major difference between Manually Scheduled and Auto Scheduled tasks. With tasks that have already been entered, it is still possible to switch over from Manually Scheduled to Auto Scheduled. One of the ways is by selecting the desired task and clicking on the Read more about Manually Scheduled vs Auto Scheduled – Part Two[…]

Dropping the ball when it comes to deadlines and budgets isn’t going to help you advance your career.

Projects can come your way fast and furious. You might be expected to create schedules in Microsoft Project with little or no training. As you start to explore Microsoft Project, you’ll soon discover that you have to learn new PM terms, new disciplined thinking of project management, new interface, and even be expected to have Read more about Dropping the ball when it comes to deadlines and budgets isn’t going to help you advance your career.[…]

Highlighting Changes in Microsoft Project 2013

One of the common complaints I hear with Project Pro 2013 is that once you make a change in the schedule the resulting effects are hard to see. Let’s start with why this is important and then look at how you can customize the highlighting to your liking. Microsoft Project is a scheduling tool and Read more about Highlighting Changes in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

Beware of the ‘Autolink Inserted or Moved Tasks’ Setting in Microsoft Project

There are several configuration settings available in Microsoft Project that control how the tool looks and behaves; many of the settings are merely personal preferences, but some of them can be dangerous to your project schedule if you do not understand and configure them properly. You can view or update these settings through the ‘Project Read more about Beware of the ‘Autolink Inserted or Moved Tasks’ Setting in Microsoft Project[…]

Beware of Auto Save in Microsoft Project!

You may initially think that Microsoft Project’s auto save feature can be a great life saver… but beware! When you save a project schedule in Microsoft Project — either manually or automatically — all of your ‘undo’ operations are removed. Prior to the save: After the save (notice the ‘Undo’ button on the Quick Access Read more about Beware of Auto Save in Microsoft Project![…]

The Power of the Baseline in Microsoft Project

A Baseline is essentially a snapshot of your project schedule, it should be captured once your schedule is complete and you’re ready to begin your project. The moment your project starts events will occur that you didn’t account for in your project schedule e.g. a resource that was assigned to a task, started later than Read more about The Power of the Baseline in Microsoft Project[…]