High-level Overview of Mechanics of PPM Implementation

In my previous blogs on PPM implementaion (links below), I spoke about the underlying need and the various challenges in PPM Implementation. In this blog I am going to discuss about the various driving mechanics of PPM implementation. One of the most important aspect that organizations need to understand is that the implementation of PPM across the Read more about High-level Overview of Mechanics of PPM Implementation[…]

What you may not know about the Status Date in Microsoft Project 2013

Status Date in Microsoft Project 2013 is an often overlooked feature and today I would like to share one thing that it’s quite useful, apart from the Earned Value calculations and why you as a Project Manager (PM) or a Scheduler should go make it a habit to always update your Status Date. For those of you who Read more about What you may not know about the Status Date in Microsoft Project 2013[…]

Tesla: Sometimes, Just Sometimes, It’s Okay for a Project Deadline to Slip… If You’re Building Something Amazing

On Thursday evening, September 29th, Tesla Motors hit another major milestone in automotive engineering by officially launching the Model X electric crossover SUV. Much like the Model S electric sedan before it, Tesla’s much-anticipated Model X took much longer to launch than initially planned, as shown by the series of launch delays below: End of Read more about Tesla: Sometimes, Just Sometimes, It’s Okay for a Project Deadline to Slip… If You’re Building Something Amazing[…]

Infographic: Sometimes, Just Sometimes, It’s Okay to Allow a Project to Drag On…

Although I am normally an advocate of killing a failing project, I occasionally see a project that I’m glad was saved from the chopping block. Despite its centuries — yes CENTURIES — of failures, millions of people around the world are happy to still have the Italian treasure that we know as the Leaning Tower Read more about Infographic: Sometimes, Just Sometimes, It’s Okay to Allow a Project to Drag On…[…]

The PMO: Why and What Type Do You Need?

The Project Management Office (PMO) has increasingly become a fixture across corporate and government organizations around the world, gaining popularity as the adoption of formal project management practices proliferates. Depending on the organization though, a PMO may have wildly different responsibilities, composition, and authority. Some work strategically, offering high level visibility to executive management of Read more about The PMO: Why and What Type Do You Need?[…]

Disable Change Highlighting in Microsoft Project 2010 and 2013

Background One of the powerful new features introduced in Microsoft Project 2007, and continued in the 2010 and 2013 versions, is known as Change Highlighting. Whenever you make a schedule change to a project, such as changing the Duration value for a task, Microsoft Project applies light blue cell background formatting to highlight the Duration, Read more about Disable Change Highlighting in Microsoft Project 2010 and 2013[…]

Level Cross-Project Resource Overallocations Across Multiple Projects

Background Information During a Microsoft Project 2013 Essentials training class with one of our clients this week, one of my wonderful students asked a question that is worthy of a blog post. He asked, “How can I level resource overallocations across multiple projects when the PMO has changed the priority of my projects?” This is Read more about Level Cross-Project Resource Overallocations Across Multiple Projects[…]

Quickly Reset Permissions for User Accounts in Project Server

Background In a recent post in the Project Online General Questions and Answers user forum, a Project Server administrator asked us to confirm that the best practice for controlling permissions for a user is to add the user to one or more security Groups, as needed.  I answered his question in the affirmative; yes, the best Read more about Quickly Reset Permissions for User Accounts in Project Server[…]