Microsoft Project 2016

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Next Level Baselining Maneuvers in MS Project

Our last post covered the basics of how to set and view baselines in Microsoft Project. This post will cover intermediate baselining functions, including: Setting multiple baselines Capturing interim plans Clearing baselines Using project-saved baselines...
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Types of Variances: The Different Variance Fields in Microsoft Project

In our last post, we covered the differences between Favorable and Unfavorable Variances. This post will cover the differences between the various Variance Types in Microsoft Project. The below summarizes the variances, how they’re calculated and...
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How to Assign Resources to a Task in Microsoft Project

The following guide demonstrates how you can assign resources in various ways and avoid some overallocations by using tools available through the Assign Resources dialog box. These techniques apply whether you are working with local resources or those...
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Assigning a Resource to a Task: Introduction

Microsoft Project 2016 enables you to assign resources to tasks in a variety of ways. Resource assignments clarify responsibility for doing tasks and also help you to determine how long a task will take and how much it will cost. This series will demonstrate...
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Finding the Right Information in Microsoft Project

The trick to using Microsoft Project effectively is first to know what type of information you are looking for and then to know which view you can use to display this information. A view is a set of formatting instructions that tells Microsoft...
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How to Customize Task Dependencies in Microsoft Project

In our last post, we demonstrated several different ways of adding a task dependency in Microsoft Project. The default when setting these links is to set up a finish-to-start dependency, so this post will cover how to establish other types of dependencies,...
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How Do You Link Tasks in Microsoft Project?

There are several different ways to set task dependencies in Microsoft Project.  This post will cover how to link tasks using the following techniques: Through the Task menu in the ribbon Dragging the link from one task to another Linking tasks in a...
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Defining the Critical Path in Microsoft Project

The critical path is the longest path through the network, based on task duration, which defines the shortest amount of time in which the project can be completed. Tasks not on the critical path have slack, while tasks on the critical path have zero...
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How Task Dates Are Automatically Set in Microsoft Project (Part 3)

Have you ever been unable to change the start date of a task in Microsoft Project?  You type in 11/2 for the start date and it changes back to 11/19.  In most cases, Project is not misbehaving; you need to understand what Project assumes when it schedules...
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