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  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Work offline from Project Server

    There are a number of reasons why you might want to work offline from Project Server. One, you might want to work on a project while flying across the country (but don’t take your eyes off the instrument panel). Two, the network you are using goes down unexpectedly while you’re are in the middle of managing...
  • Blog Post: Wrangling with the Timeline

    The new Timeline in Project 2010 has become an very popular way to present Project information quickly and attractively. Problem is, you can get a little carried away putting all your tasks on the Timeline, and then have trouble selecting only a few tasks to copy into another program, like PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Deleting summary tasks

    One nice thing about summary tasks is that changes to them get reflected (or “rolled down”) to their subtasks. This is fine if you want to move summary tasks around, because all the subtasks move with them. But if you want to delete a summary task, then all the subtasks (and any subtasks under those...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks for Project Show filtered tasks with other tasks

    Sometimes, when filtering tasks, wouldn’t it be great if you could see filtered tasks with all the tasks, at the same time? Maybe you want to view filtered tasks within the context of all tasks. For example, Knowing which tasks have deadlines and which don’t can help you prioritize tasks by deciding...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Changing Constraints Back to Normal

    Now you’ve done it. You created a number of tasks in Project 2007 using start dates that you entered manually. Or maybe someone handed you a schedule with many “Must Start On” constraints applied to tasks. Unless you have a good reason to use non-default constraints or manually entered dates on tasks...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Modify the baseline in Project 2007

    Change is inevitable. Adding new tasks to a project that has already been approved and baselined can be troublesome—to you and stakeholders. But don’t fret. You don’t need to set a new baseline to take into account the new tasks. Just update the old baseline. To modify the baseline that has already been...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Reporting your status

    Here’s the scenario: you’re a team member assigned to some tasks, and (surprise surprise) your manager would like you to provide a status update. What’s more is he wants it done through Project Web Access. You panic a little, maybe break out into cold sweats, can’t sleep a wink, yada yada. Well first...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Let's talk about the critical path…

    The critical path…sounds pretty intimidating doesn't it? Like some secret passageway to getting your project done on time that only highly experienced project managers could ever possibly identify. And certainly those experienced project managers are the only ones who could actually stick to the path...
  • Blog Post: Buffer, downtime, and productivity

    Maybe it’s because I’ve been swamped this week while the sun’s been shining here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but I’ve been doing some thinking about buffer, downtime, and productivity. I don’t think it’s a secret that projects have a tendency to come in late sometimes. Things come up, bad stuff...
  • Blog Post: Hiding, showing, adding, removing, inserting, etc…oh, and DONUTS

    On Office Online, we’ve got this one article, currently called, “ Hide or show a column (remove or add a column) .” It’s a fine article, but, to be frank, the feature can be a bit confusing, so the feedback we typically get on it is pretty bad. Lots of frustrated comments, low ratings, the whole bit...
  • Blog Post: Back to basics: Gantt Chart view

    The Gantt Chart view is the most commonly used view in Project. It lists the tasks in your project, and illustrates their relationship to one another and the schedule using Gantt bars. Let's look a little more closely at each portion of the view. First, let's take a look at the left portion of the view...
  • Blog Post: Gridlines Galore

    You may know you can update the formatting of the current gridlines you see in Project, but did you also know that you can add additional gridlines? While in the Gantt chart, go to Format - Gridlines and you can see in the list of "Lines to Change" everything that you can format. To get the line to show...
  • Blog Post: Combination Views

    Do you want to act like an experienced project manager, but with little additional effort? Then learn how to split your views by using combination view. Project's split view feature has been around for many versions. The more experienced project manager have learned that it can be a very efficient way...
  • Blog Post: Back to basics: Sharing your project with others

    You've spent hours in Microsoft Office Project 2007 hand-crafting a project plan that you're pretty sure must be glowing because it's so darned brilliant. All of the start and finish dates line up perfectly, your resources are balanced with reasonable workloads, and the costs are well within budget....
  • Blog Post: Back to basics: Printing your project

    Okay, so printing in Microsoft Office Project 2007 might be a little more complex than you're used to. We'll give you that. Need some help figuring out how to get your project data printed and looking professional? Read on. Printing a view The first step in printing a view is to set up the view itself...
  • Blog Post: PM Boot Camp: Up to speed with Project 2007

    If you're new to Project 2007, or even new to project management in general, the Up to speed with Project 2007 video series might be the basic training you're looking for. This six-part series covers the basic elements of project management and the Project 2007 interface, as well as how to start a new...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Connecting to Project Server (video)

    If you are a project manager who wants to create a project using Project Server 2007, you have two ways of connecting to it. You can connect directly using a Web browser and a URL given to you by an administrator, or you can connect through Project Professional 2007 on your desktop, which is explained...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Understanding resource leveling

    Resource leveling is the act of taking a project with people assigned to a bunch of tasks, and making it so that they don't have to work overtime. Okay, that might be oversimplifying it a little, but essentially that's what you're doing. Seriously, what's resource leveling? Let's back up a bit. So you...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Understanding task dependencies

    In most cases, the tasks in a project are related to each other, and the relationships between them drive the schedule for the project. The relationships between the tasks are called "dependencies." In Microsoft Office Project, you can create dependencies between tasks in the same project, and between...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Understanding summary tasks and subtasks

    When you sit down to think through a project plan, it often makes sense to group the project into several sections. For example, let's say I'm planning a software development project. First, I need to identify the scope for the project, and then write functional specifications documents that detail how...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Working with task date constraints

    Microsoft Office Project uses constraints to build a project's schedule. That is, each task has a certain rule applied that helps the scheduling engine figure out when the task should start or finish. There are three types of constraints: flexible, semi-flexible, and inflexible. · Flexible constraints...
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