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Dale Howard, Microsoft Project MVP

About Dale Howard, Microsoft Project MVP

Dale Howard is the Director of Education for PROJILITY. He has used Microsoft Project since version 4.0 for Windows 95 and has used the Microsoft PPM tool since the first version was released with the name, Project Central, in the year 2000. He is the co-author of 21 books on Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online. He is currently one of only 28 Microsoft Project MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) in the entire world and one of only 6 in the United States.
8 11, 2019

Understanding “What Changed” After Approving Task Updates from PWA

By |2019-11-08T11:48:56+00:00November 8th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background Information One of the challenges for project managers is understanding “what changed” after they approve pending task updates in the Approval Center page in Project Web App. In the current versions of Project Online and Project Server, it is not easy to determine the schedule changes in the enterprise project after approving the pending [...]

23 10, 2019

Repairing a Polluted Enterprise Global File

By |2019-10-23T11:10:42+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background Every few years I like to reprise some favorite topics during my career with the Microsoft project management tools. Today I want to reprise the topic of how to repair a polluted Enterprise Global file in either Project Online or Microsoft Project Server. First of all, what do I mean when I use the [...]

10 10, 2019

Manually Entering Task Progress in Microsoft Project

By |2019-10-10T12:13:50+00:00October 10th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

If you are a project manager who manages desktop-only projects with Microsoft Project, you need to know how to manually enter task progress in your project schedules. And if you are a project manager in an organization that uses Project Online or Project Server, but your organization does not use the Timesheet page or Tasks [...]

27 09, 2019

All About the Capacity Line in Project Web App

By |2019-09-27T14:10:17+00:00September 27th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

I had an interesting discussion with a colleague recently about how Project Online calculates the Capacity values for resources shown on the Capacity Planning page in Project Web App. As a result of this conversation, allow me to provide you with a brief overview of how Project Online calculates the Capacity values for each resource [...]

26 08, 2019

Applying Details to the Task Form View

By |2019-08-26T13:21:59+00:00August 26th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

In a recent blog post article, I discussed how to apply and use the Task Entry view. This view, by the way, is a combination view or “split” view that includes the Gantt Chart view in the top pane and the Task Form view in the bottom pane. What I did not explain in my [...]

13 08, 2019

Eliminate the Confusion: Understanding the Peak Field

By |2019-08-13T10:45:54+00:00August 13th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

The 2010 version of Microsoft Project introduced some new functionality whose behavior has confused and confounded users with all degrees of experience, from absolute beginners to power users. Microsoft introduced this new functionality to fix a bug that had been present in the software since I first started using it many years ago. When Microsoft [...]

24 07, 2019

Using the Task Entry View

By |2019-07-24T13:29:38+00:00July 24th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

In my humble opinion, I believe the Task Entry view is one of the most powerful views available in Microsoft Project. Using this view, you can take complete control over the software’s scheduling engine while you assign resources to tasks in your project schedule. By now, you might be asking yourself, “Task Entry view? I [...]

12 06, 2019

Schedule a Task to Start As Late As Possible Based on the Start Date of Another Task

By |2019-06-12T14:35:49+00:00June 12th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

Problem Description I answered an interesting question recently in the Microsoft Answers user forum for Microsoft Project users. The user who asked the question stated that she was new to Microsoft Project. She indicated that she is managing a construction project and wanted to know the latest possible date she could order wood flooring so [...]

24 05, 2019

View All Predecessors and Successors for a Task

By |2019-05-24T15:51:27+00:00May 24th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

A question in the Project Standard and Professional user forum caught my eye recently. I answered the user’s question in the forum and then decided to blog about it. The user asked how to create a view in which he could select any task and see all of the task’s Predecessors and Successors, along with [...]

1 05, 2019

Assigning Resources with Different Working Schedules

By |2019-05-01T15:02:01+00:00May 1st, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

An interesting question about resource calendars in the Project Standard and Professional user forum prompted me to write this blog post article. After using Microsoft Project for over 21 years, one of the nuggets of wisdom I have gleaned from this software is, “Always trust the schedule.” When you assign resources to a task, Microsoft [...]

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