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Simple Ways to Optimize Your Project Plan in MS Project

Our last blog post covered how to use the different views in Microsoft Project to gather Resource Workload Information. But in order to optimize the plan, you have to put this information to use. The Task Inspector and Resource Leveling functionalities...
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Using Microsoft Project Views to Gauge How Realistic a Project Plan Is

Introduction One of the key ingredients to managing a successful project is to start off with a Microsoft Project plan that is complete and optimized. An “optimized” plan is one in which: Everything that is known is put into a plan that meets...
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How to Isolate Unfavorable Start and Finish Variances in Microsoft Project

Introduction In our last post, we introduced the basics of variances and demonstrated how to isolate for unfavorable Work Variances.  It is equally important, however, to analyze how your dates are progressing. If Baseline Work is 1,000 hours, Actual...
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How to Isolate Unfavorable Work and Cost Variances in Microsoft Project

Introduction Keeping your project under control requires a periodic look for tasks that are not progressing as originally planned. As a first step, you must track progress by entering Actual Work, Remaining work, Actual Start and Actual Finish. Once you...
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Which Project Management Software Is the Best for Your Organization?

A month ago, we outlined what businesses will be best suited to invest in project portfolio management (PPM) software. But once you determine that your organization has the three basic project characteristics that indicate that you might benefit from...
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