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Creating ‘Auto-Approval’ Rules in Project Server/ Online

WHO:        Project Manager / Status Manager   WHERE:  Project Online/Project Server PWA            TO ACCESS THE ‘APPROVAL CENTER’: Access the ‘Approval Center’ by: Navigating to your Project Online environment. From the Quick Launch Menu, click the Approvals link (or ‘Approvals’ tile, if visible) to access Project Online’s ‘Approval Center’. TO CREATE AN ‘AUTO-APPROVAL’ RULE: 2. From Read more about Creating ‘Auto-Approval’ Rules in Project Server/ Online[…]

3 Essential Steps to Prepare for an Agile Transformation

 Two of the most frequently used buzz words these days in the corporate world are “Agile” and “Transformation”.  But together what do they mean and why should you care?  Simply put, an Agile Transformation is the journey that an organization undertakes to reshape its thinking, mindset, and culture to adopt an Agile framework and related Read more about 3 Essential Steps to Prepare for an Agile Transformation[…]

To escalate or not to escalate … that is the question!

The project management process is based on meeting commitments, so the project team needs to be accountable and understand when to escalate when commitments are in jeopardy. Some common project discrepancies that require escalation includes, but not limited to resource conflicts, scope creep, deliverable issues, and team member confrontations.

Project Management: Reactive vs. Proactive

It is important to make a distinction between reactive project managers and proactive project managers. In other words, the difference between a project manager and a great project manager. Often, project managers end up in their roles accidentally because they were good at the technical side of the project, or there was a gap that needed to be filled, or maybe just a wrong personal/professional decision. However, if you are one of the enthusiasts in this occupation, there are a lot of things that can be done to deliver results beyond the stakeholders’ expectations by being a proactive project manager.

Leveraging the Microsoft Project Organizer

The ‘Organizer’ within Microsoft Project (Standard and Professional) allows one to quickly copy various Microsoft Project objects (fields, groups, filters, calendars, tables, modules, reports, and views) from one MS Project file or Enterprise Project schedule to another

What-If Scenarios add Reality to the Project Schedule

The purpose of What-If Scenarios is to adjust a project schedule’s timeline for a more favorable solution by imposing management constraints and/or changing execution variables; such as resources, implementation approach, priorities, etc.

Project Management Under Pressure!

Issues are piling up and everyone is coming at you at once. The reality is: people make mistakes and project plans are not perfect, so you need to figure out how to deal with it now and make improvements for the future. Here are some common project management pressure situations that you may identify with and strategies to get you back on track.