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Microsoft Project Quick Tip: Assign Actual Start & Finish Dates to Tasks

1 week 3 days ago

While one can update Actual Start and/or Actual Finish dates in Microsoft Project by displaying these columns, my preferred method is using the Task Details Form which is very similar to the Activity Details Form in Primavera P6.

In this short video, I show how to enable and use the Task Details Form to update actual dates for project tasks.

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Project Frameworks: Understand the Choices

3 weeks 1 day ago

Selecting a project management approach and framework is complicated.  Not that long ago, it was like buying a Model-T Ford; you could have any color you wanted, as long as it was black—our only option was Waterfall.

Today Waterfall is still a choice.  There are also multiple Agile frameworks, or you can mix-and-match and go Hybrid.  So many choices. 

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Flipping the Triple Constraint

8 weeks 1 day ago

Project management theory established the Triple Constraint (aka, the Iron Triangle) as the key to project success.  If the scope is known and fixed, then the schedule and cost must adjust to accommodate scope changes.  

The simplicity of this proposition is appealing.  At the beginning of the project, all requirements are documented, the design is approved, and

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How to use Lumpsum cost in Primavera P6 to generate S-curves data

12 weeks 1 day ago
When it comes to generating Primavera P6 data for use in Excel to plot progress s-curves, the recommended practice is to use Resources as basis for progress measurement in P6, but there are times when it is not possible to use Resources either because of corporate policy, non-availability of resource loading or personal choice. A common alternative method is to use lumpsum cost as weightings
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Busy, But Not Productive

12 weeks 1 day ago

Everyone tells me they are busy.  They are on video or conference calls from morning until evening.  On average, workers receive over 100 emails per day and send at least 40.   A common complaint is, “I spend my entire day meeting and doing email; and have no time for my

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DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment

15 weeks 5 days ago
Referred article on DCMA 14 Metrics, from Deltek website, regarding DCMA 14-Point Schedule Assessment: https://help.deltek.com/Product/Acumen/8.6/GA/DCMA%2014%20Point%
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Unlock Potential: Push Decision Making Down

16 weeks 6 days ago

Modern management theory is built on the premise of trust.  If management creates a values-based culture, employees will make the “right” decisions.   Douglas McGregor described Theory X (not trusting) and Y (trusting)managers.   The 1950s were an inflection point where the nature of

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Unlock Potential: Push Decision Making Down

16 weeks 6 days ago

Modern management theory is built on the premise of trust.  If management creates a values-based culture, employees will make the “right” decisions.   Douglas McGregor described Theory X (not trusting) and Y (trusting)managers.   The 1950s were an inflection point where the nature of

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How to show a column of week numbers in a Microsoft Project schedule

19 weeks 3 days ago

There are times when stakeholders use week numbers to discuss the dates in a project schedule and they would like to see columns of week numbers in the schedule. The tutorial outlines steps to follow in order to display week numbers such as "2021 Week 35" in a Microsoft Project schedule.

The tutorial uses 2 custom fields with formulas to show "Start Week No." and "Finish Week No."

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Show summary % complete in Microsoft Project when all subtasks are milestones and some of these milestones are completed

19 weeks 3 days ago

In Microsoft Project, when all subtasks are milestones, the summary percent complete is 0% even when some of the milestones are completed. The summary percent complete only changes to 100% when all the milestones are 100% complete.

This behaviour is as expected as Microsoft Project calculates percent complete using actual duration but since

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