Schedule a Resource to Work on a Holiday

Background An intriguing question was asked recently in the Project Server General Questions and Answers user forum. Although I was not the person who answered the question, I thought the question and the solution were worth sharing with you. A user stated that she had customized the Standard calendar with company holidays set up as Read more about Schedule a Resource to Work on a Holiday[…]

Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 6)

We are now coming close to the end of the process of establishing a PMO within a company. The first five stages of this process in this series, I discussed the following: Planning the Transition Creating a PMO Governance Identifying and Developing Project Managers Creating a Project Methodology Creating a Resource Management Process Stage 6 Read more about Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 6)[…]

Understanding How Missed Constraints and Deadline Dates Generate Negative Total Slack

Background Last week I wrote a blog post entitled, Microsoft Project Deep Dive: How Do Constraints and Deadline Dates Affect the Total Slack Calculation? In that blog post, I provided an in-depth treatment on exactly how constraints and Deadline dates affect the Total Slack calculation in Microsoft Project. In this follow-up blog post, I want Read more about Understanding How Missed Constraints and Deadline Dates Generate Negative Total Slack[…]

Microsoft Project Deep Dive: How Do Constraints and Deadline Dates Affect the Total Slack Calculation?

Background Information Recently, one of my fellow EPMA team members and I conducted three presentations for a large aerospace manufacturer. These presentations offered a “Deep Dive” into task planning topics such as using constraints, using task dependencies, and using Task Types. During the presentation on constraints, one of the participants asked if constraints affect the Read more about Microsoft Project Deep Dive: How Do Constraints and Deadline Dates Affect the Total Slack Calculation?[…]

How to Customize your Own View in Microsoft Project 2013

One of the questions I often get from clients I have worked with is “How do I customize my own view?” What I do, is to walk them through the following steps on how to customize their own view in Microsoft Project Pro 2013. 1. Click the Task tab to display the Task Ribbon. Notice that the Read more about How to Customize your Own View in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

A Big Reason Why Projects Fail

Too often companies, tired of seeing projects fail, decide to purchase and implement a project management software expecting this will solve their projects’ delivery problem altogether. Truth is, a tool by itself is by no means the solution to an existing problem, it is only a part of it. What these companies are most likely lacking Read more about A Big Reason Why Projects Fail[…]

Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 5)

For companies wanting to establish a PMO within their organization, there are a number of things to think about prior to implementation. In the first four parts of this discussion I spoke about: Planning the Transition Creating a PMO Governance Identifying and Developing Project Managers Creating a Project Methodology Stage 5 – Creating a Resource Management Read more about Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 5)[…]

Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 4)

So far, I discussed the first three stages a company should follow in order to establish a PMO within the organization: Planning the Transition Creating a PMO Governance Identifying and Developing Project Managers Stage 4 – Creating a Project Methodology Now let’s focus on Creating a Project Methodology that fits the company’s culture. In order Read more about Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 4)[…]