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15 11, 2022

Why Your Business Needs Project Portfolio Management

By |2022-11-15T15:34:08-05:00November 15th, 2022|Microsoft Project Professional, Microsoft Project Tips, Project Management|

In a previous blog post, we wrote about the importance of project management - it helps organizations deliver projects on time, on budget, and within the scope of their goals. But it's one thing to ensure projects run smoothly, and another thing to decide which projects your company should be working on: how do [...]

1 11, 2022

Adding Lag and Lead time to a Task in MS Project

By |2022-11-01T16:18:04-04:00November 1st, 2022|Dependencies, Microsoft Project Tips, Project Online|

Sometimes a task does not line up perfectly with its predecessor. Instead of setting the task to manual and removing its dependency, lag and lead time can be applied to the task to have it start earlier or later. In MS Project adding lag or lead time is a simple process of editing the dependency [...]

15 09, 2022

Using Hammock Tasks in Microsoft Project

By |2022-09-15T15:17:45-04:00September 15th, 2022|Microsoft Project Tips, Project Online, Project Server|

I’m often asked how a project manager can schedule a task to be used to forecast his or her time spent managing a project, with the catch being that the task automatically expands or contracts as the project’s finish date fluctuates. Since there’s no feature or setting native to MS Project to accommodate this need, [...]

19 05, 2022

Why Microsoft Teams is the Answer to Today’s Work Management Gap

By |2022-05-23T15:42:49-04:00May 19th, 2022|Microsoft Project Professional, Microsoft Project Tips|

Amidst the rising complexity of the modern workplace, today’s organizations are suffering from a work management gap. Despite a shift towards remote collaboration and increased reliance on digital tools, 51% of employees across large enterprises report that they do not use any work management software, even though they’d like to. In the absence [...]

24 08, 2021

Quickly Determine if a Task Has Been Baselined

By |2021-08-25T12:15:19-04:00August 24th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Manually Checking for Unbaselined Tasks How do you know whether a task has been baselined in a Microsoft Project schedule? The direct way to determine if a task has been baselined is to apply any task view, such as the Gantt Chart view, and then to apply the Baseline table. To apply the Baseline [...]

7 08, 2021

Overview of New Features in Project for the Web

By |2022-05-19T13:50:13-04:00August 7th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Overview Ever since the introduction of Project for the Web in late 2019, Microsoft has slowly but steadily rolled out new features for this software application. In this blog post article, I want to document the major new features added recently to Project for the Web, which include the following: New actions on the [...]

13 07, 2021

Create a Change Requests Table in Microsoft Project

By |2021-07-13T12:24:07-04:00July 13th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background Information If you are a user of the Microsoft Project desktop application, there is no built-in method for tracking change request activity in your project schedule. However, you can create a custom table that will address your change request tracking needs. For example, to track change requests in my Microsoft Project schedules, I might [...]

11 06, 2021

Fun with Formatting of the Gantt Chart View

By |2021-06-11T13:39:19-04:00June 11th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Default Formatting As you are probably already aware, the default formatting of the Gantt Chart pane, which is shown on the right side of the Gantt Chart view, is as follows: Detailed tasks are displayed with a light blue Gantt bar with the names of the assigned resources shown at the right end of the [...]

24 05, 2021

Allow Project Managers Read-Only Access to All Projects in Project Online

By |2021-05-24T11:39:57-04:00May 24th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background By default, the security permissions in Project Online and Microsoft Project Server only allow project managers to open and edit their own projects, and do not allow project managers to see anyone else’s projects in either Microsoft Project or the Project Center page in Project Web App. However, a common security requirement in many [...]

5 05, 2021

Create a Hammock Task

By |2021-05-05T13:41:39-04:00May 5th, 2021|Microsoft Project Tips|

Background A common need for many project managers who use Microsoft Project is to create a task that spans the entire timeframe of the project, from the Start date of the project to the Finish date of the project. An additional need is to have the Duration of the task calculated automatically, so that if [...]

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