Contingency Plan

How to Leverage Contingency in Your Project Schedule

Do you ever get the feeling that Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Law, invites himself to every project?  Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, so it’s important to anticipate high-risk areas and determine what buffer can be applied to ensure the project is on time and on budget.  One way of doing this is Read more about How to Leverage Contingency in Your Project Schedule[…]

Good Things Happen When Waterfall and Agile Worlds Collide!

As you know in project management, there are two popular models for managing projects:  Waterfall and Agile.  There are folks in both camps that will defend their model to their last breath; pitting one against the other.  In reality, you need features from both models to successfully manage your projects, creating a hybrid Agile Waterfall Read more about Good Things Happen When Waterfall and Agile Worlds Collide![…]

How to Put Baseline Information on a MS Project Timeline

People love pictures!  For most, it’s easier to retain information seen in a picture or a graphic. When presenting project schedule information, project timelines are the preferred choice, instead of viewing complex Gantt charts.   One of the most common requests from project sponsors is to show the baseline information on a Timeline, so they Read more about How to Put Baseline Information on a MS Project Timeline[…]

The 3 Biggest Frustrations Most PMs Face

The 3 Biggest Frustrations Most PMs Face With today’s technological advances and globalization most PMs (Project Managers) manage multiple projects in an organization. In many cases the teams are cross-functional teams and working in different time zones. Project Management is a discipline that consists of methodologies and tools to assist in successful completion of projects Read more about The 3 Biggest Frustrations Most PMs Face[…]

Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 7)

We have finally come down to the last step of establishing a PMO within an organization. In the previous parts to this series, I explained the first six steps required in which to put in place the correct processes and people within the PMO structure that will yield the best results: Plan the Transition Create a Read more about Key Steps Every Company Should Know When Launching a PMO (Part 7)[…]

Default Project Options in Microsoft Project 2013

Have you changed many of the Project Options in Microsoft Project 2013 (as can be accessed through the ‘File’ > ‘Options’ in the Project 2013 Backstage), but now want to review or return to the original settings? Although there is a trick for reverting back to the original options settings by accessing the Windows Registry, some people Read more about Default Project Options in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

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)[…]