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Personalised Week Ahead report from MS Project in Excel
How to produce a personalised "weekly look ahead" report for each resource on your project. Initially produced in MS Project but then customised in Excel. Including a macro to automate the excel element.
Calculating Cell colour and changing Tints and Shades in Excel using VBA
Working with cell colours in Excel - how to get the RGB value of a cell and how to change this shade by a percentage to either make it lighter (change the tint) or darker (change the shade).
Enhancements to a dot chart - labels on dots
How to label the dots on a horizontal dot chart to improve readability
Enhancements to a Dot Chart - lines to the axis labels
In this blog we explore another enhancement to the horizontal dot chart
Adding colours to the Dot Chart
How to add colour to the Horizontal Dot chart to show the status of the different data points.
Avoiding massive nested IF statements in Excel
How to avoid complex nested IF statements with the modern IFS statement and how to avoid errors
ten more MS project tips
Another 10 tips to make using MS Project easier and more productive.
Adding slippage to the finish of a task to predict the finish date.
How to calculate the gap between actual duration and the expected duration by the status date. How to add this duration gap onto the Finish date and display this on the Gantt chart in MS project.
Visio: Connecting or gluing an image to a shape so that it moves with the shape
How to connect or glue an image to a shape in Visio so that when the shape moves the image moves with it. This is used in SummaryPro to add images to a milestone or invisible connection point.
Choosing colours which are easy to distinguish from each other can be tricky, this page provides a simple guide.
Weeks in MS Project - calculating and grouping by week
A frequent request is to show tasks coming up in the next 4 weeks or which are due to start this week. With some simple calculations this is easy
Seeing the actual duration of activity (not work) rather than the total duration in project
A quick technique to display the total amount of time spent on the tasks under a summary row without using Work. This is very useful when the work is interrupted by periods of inactivity
Joining text together in Excel (CONCATENATE)
Excel provides a number of ways to join the contents of cells together in text strings
Full set ASSCII Code set
The original and extended ASCII code set - especially useful when using the CHAR() function in Excel.
Produce many summary plans from the same project data
It is simple to use SummaryPro to produce many summaries from the same plan data. This gives consistency across the reports and allows you to tailor each Plan on a Page to your audience.
Calling the same data into many Summaries in a complex programme
When producing many Summaries from the same data sometimes it is useful to have common items displayed in many of the reports
Replace chart markers with clip art or pictures
How to replace the standard Markers in a chart with the picture or clip art of your choice.
Adding pictures to axis
How to add images (in this case flags) to the axis of a chart
Ten more tips to be quicker using MS Project
Ten more hints and tips to make using MS project faster and easier.
Displaying SAP production data in easy to read Summary Plan
How to display SAP production data in a clear and easy to read Summary Plan using SummaryPro. This gives gave our client better visibility and control than was possible in their instance of SAP.
Ten tips to be quicker using MS Project
Ten hints and tips to make using MS project faster and easier
Plotting categories on XY Scatter or Bubble chart
Using this method, it is possible to chart categories against each other or a numerical variable using either a bubble or XY Scatter chart
Displaying the latest value on a chart
How to display data point(s) on a chart showing the latest information without needing to edit the chart every-time.
Working with Critical Path and Total Slack
In this post I will look at one of the most useful aspects of using a properly linked up MS Project plan; the ability to quickly and easily see the impact of change and identify the “critical path(s)” in the project.
VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP
Vlookup and Hlookup are very useful when working with sets of data. Simple when understood and very powerful and useful.
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