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How to remove redundant constraints from an MS Project plan
How to remove constraints that are no longer driving tasks and milestones to their date, as the logic in the plan is determining their date.
How to replace a milestone with an image or shape of your choice
How to customise milestones in SummaryPro to show an image of your choice.
Quickly and easily a produce summary plan with 2 levels of swimlanes
SummaryPro has had a significant upgrade; with a few button clicks, you can now produce a summary plan with up to 2 levels of swimlane from scratch in minutes.
How to use the Progress Line to make your plan update easier
Using the “progress line” in MS Project to make updating your plan easy - simply scroll down the plan to see where tasks “should” have progressed to.
Why Timelords don’t plan or avoiding issues when updating your plan
To maximise the effectiveness of your plan it is important to adjust the start and finish dates to match the project’s current reality. In this blog I explore work in the past and future and why Timelords shouldn't plan.
How to improve "buy-in" to the pla
How to increase buy-in and support for your plan and project. Looking at the four main groups; the project team, the customer, the sponsor and senior team and the wider stakeholders
How to use the MS Project Timeline to produce a Plan on a Page (POAP) summary
How to use the Timeline view in MS Project and a comparison of this useful tool with the more powerful option of SummaryPro
Working with baselines
How to work with and display baselines in MS Project and SummaryPro.
How to constrain a meeting task to a specific day of the week
How to constrain a task or meeting to a specific day of the week in MS Project using a new calendar.
How to find out what is driving a task in MS Project
How to see what is driving a task in MS Project. Three different methods which MS Project provides.
Show % complete for Summary lines made up of only milestones
How to display % complete in an MS Project summary task when it contains only Milestones. Normally this will only show 0% or 100% which stops you from showing progress.
MS project - how to jump to today
How to jump to today's date in MS project. How to put a macro onto the Ribbon with a custom button.
Sum VLOOKUP across a whole table - a fast way to do many Vlookup calculations
How to apply VLOOKUP to many cells in a table at once. How to split text cells into columns to allow this to be useful.
Extract dates from a Visio diagram
How to extract dates from an existing Plan on a Page in Visio. This is useful when reverse engineering an existing POAP into SummaryPro.
the 56 standard colours in Excel - ColorIndex values or pallte
Definition of the 56 standard colours in Excel
Use Excel custom formats to show emoji and text
how to use the Excel Custom formatting to change colour, add emojis and change numbers to text.
How to display a cell's colour in Excel
How to display the RGB colour code for a cell in Excel
An easy way to make fully dynamic related drop-down boxes
An easy way to make dynamic linked drop-down boxes from a dynamic data set without using named ranges and the indirect function
How to produce a list of weekdays in Excel
How to display only weekdays in excel - three simple methods.
How to make a dynamic drop-down box
How to make dynamic drop down boxes in excel using Data Validation and tables.
How to make many levels of dependent drop-down boxes
How to make many related drop-down boxes that are dependent on each other. This uses the table method to provide dynamic lists
Excel – how to make a drop-down dependent on another drop-down
Excel: how to make the choices in one drop-down box dependent on the choice in another without using VBA. Uses named ranges and Data Validation.
Automatically pulling data from other sheets into a dashboard
how to automatically pull data from many sheets into a single sheet. Useful when combining many sheets into one to make a dashboard. Uses the INDIRECT formula to make this simple and quick.
How to convert an Excel Gantt chart into a MS Project plan
How to convert a Gantt in Excel into a Project Plan in MS Project. Simple step by step instructions to automate the process and avoid errors.
Filter using today() in MS Project
How to use today's date in MS Project when Microsoft Project doesn't have the today() function like Excel. Then use this to generate a filter that shows which Milestones are due in the next 2 weeks.
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