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28 01, 2020

A User Guide to Project for the Web – Part 1

By |2020-01-27T14:21:29-05:00January 28th, 2020|Microsoft Project Tips|

Who Should Read This Blog Post Series? This blog post series is primarily for staff who occasionally manage a “task list” of items to complete to accomplish a business objective. For example, consider the following: A team member on the Retail Operations team is responsible for managing the packing and shipping of merchandise, shelving, [...]

9 01, 2020

What Are the Most Important Options Settings in Microsoft Project?

By |2020-01-09T11:16:09-05:00January 9th, 2020|Microsoft Project Tips|

Introduction Microsoft Project offers three types of options in the Project Options dialog. These option types include: Application Options These options control how the software looks and works, and they impact every project you open. You only need to set these options once, as they are not project-specific. Project-Specific Options You can set these options [...]

16 12, 2019

Reset a View Back to Its Default Settings

By |2019-12-16T10:16:00-05:00December 16th, 2019|Microsoft Project Tips|

Suppose that several days ago, you customized the Gantt Chart view by making a number of changes to the view. These changes include customizing the appearance of the Gantt Chart pane, adding several columns and removing several other columns in the Entry table, and applying cell background colors to several of the tasks in the [...]

8 11, 2019

Understanding “What Changed” After Approving Task Updates from PWA

By |2019-11-08T11:48:56-05:00November 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 [...]

28 10, 2019

An Introduction to the New Microsoft Project Service

By |2019-10-26T13:36:16-04:00October 28th, 2019|Microsoft Project Professional, Microsoft Project Server, Microsoft Project Tips, PM Solutions, PM Tools, Project Management, Project Managers, Project Online|

Overview The new Project Service, officially called Project for the web, is an offering delivered via the Microsoft Office 365 platform. It is designed for anyone and everyone, whether in a small business or a large corporation, who serve as 'occasional' or 'accidental' project managers. In almost every organization, there are employees who are [...]

23 10, 2019

Repairing a Polluted Enterprise Global File

By |2019-10-23T11:10:42-04:00October 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 |2019-10-10T12:13:50-04:00October 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 |2019-09-27T14:10:17-04:00September 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 |2019-08-26T13:21:59-04:00August 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 |2019-08-13T10:45:54-04:00August 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 [...]

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