Monday, October 2, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
On September 27th I will present a webinar entitled “The Do’s and Don’ts of Project”. It will be presented to and for the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG Global) starting 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST.
In this webinar I will present some of the worst practices you can follow in Project. I will also offer solutions and workarounds to the problems brought about by them.
The webinar is eligible for 1 PDU from the Project Management Institute in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. If you are an MPUG member, it’s free!
If you aren’t a member yet and want to attend, sign up for Trial Membership HERE, then REGISTER.
Need a little more incentive? You’ve got it!!
MPUG and I have partnered to publish my latest book Microsoft Project Do’s and Don’ts.
It will be available September 27th for free if you join or renew your MPUG membership by that date. Just click HERE to get started.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
You have probably noticed that some of the most powerful views in Project have an upper part and a lower part. These two part views are called Combination Views. The upper part is called the Primary. It is for identifying a single component such as a resource or a task. The bottom part is called the Details. It is to provide more information about what is selected in the Primary. A great example in every version of Project is the “Task Entry” View shown below. (Click on Figures to expand.)
The “Task Entry” View is comprised of a “Gantt Chart” in the Primary and a “Task Form” in the Details. Select a task in the “Gantt Chart” and the “Task Form” tells you literally everything you need to know about the task including resources assigned and the work assigned to them, task predecessors, task type and whether the task is effort driven or not. If you right click on the “Task Form”, Project will offer you a list of other Details available such as “Work”, “Cost” and “Schedule”.
Another great View to aid in resource leveling is the “Resource Allocation” View. “Resource Usage” View is the Primary and “Leveling Gantt” View is the Detail.
This Combination View is designed to highlight resource overallocations in the Primary and show any concurrent or overlapping task assignments in the Details.It’s a great start to understanding the impact of the schedule to your resource assignments.
When you have solved unacceptable overallocations by using leveling techniques, the “Leveling Gantt” will illustrate the pre leveled and post leveled schedule for your analysis.
You aren’t limited to the “canned” Combination Views. You can create your own! Some great combinations are the “Resource Graph” over the “Gantt Chart”, “Gantt Chart” over the “Relationship Diagram” and “Resource Sheet” over the “Resource Graph”.
If you’ve never created a Combination View, Project 2013 and 2016 Help has a great tutorial under “Split a view”. Other versions use similar language.
Give Combination Views a try. You’ll save a little time analyzing and problem solving!