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Using Microsoft Project Fixed Duration, Fixed Work and Fixed Unit Type Fields

A lot of users have questions on MS-Project fixed work vs fixed duration fields.  This lesson focuses on the project planning phase and using the different task types to build an accurate work breakdown structure. After the project manager and other stakeholders understand the project scope, the project can be decomposed into manageable chunks and […]

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Better MS Project WBS

Build the Right MS Project WBS Levels

A work breakdown structure (WBS) is the hierarchy of tasks in the project represented by a combination of numbers or letters. A WBS code identifies a task’s unique place in the project plan. The number of levels in the work breakdown structure can vary depending on the project’s complexity. MS Project plans lacking a detailed […]

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Create Custom Tables and Views in MS Project

Create Custom Tables and Custom Views in MS Project

The number of views into Microsoft Project’s scheduling data can be overwhelming. The delivered views on the Microsoft Project view bar include the Gantt chart, resource usage, task usage, and resource graph views. When you combine these views with the entry, cost, tracking, and variance tables, it can get confusing. Novice project managers remedy this […]

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Microsoft Project Tip - Task Usage View

Microsoft Project Tip – Popular Views and Tables

How do project managers first learn how to use MS-Project or another project-scheduling tool? The answer depends on the project manager’s experience and an organization’s project management support and training. Some project managers have had formal training in project management tools such as MS-Project or Niku’s Workbench. Other project managers learn tool implementation through on-the-job […]

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Microsoft Project Tracking Percent Complete

A typical team status meeting includes the project manager reviewing the work plan and asking team members to report on relevant task progress in the work plan. A typical response from team members is “The task is 90 percent complete,” or some variable percent. Project managers can make the mistake of assuming a status of […]

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