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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How to see what is driving a task in MS Project
How to see what is driving any given task or milestone in your MS Project plan using either the Task Inspector or Task Path functionality in MS Project.
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.
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.
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
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
Ten more tips to be quicker using MS Project
Ten more hints and tips to make using MS project faster and easier.
Ten tips to be quicker using MS Project
Ten hints and tips to make using MS project faster and easier
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.
Working with a Resource Pool and distributed project files
A guide to working with a resource pool across multiple files in a program plan where the plans are distributed across drives or project managers.
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