Building a view in Microsoft Project, the correct way

As a consultant I travel between lots of companies that use Microsoft Project. Most of the time they use the product as a standalone scheduling tool when I first visit them. The common case is that they have taught themselves how to use the product and most of the time things go relatively smoothly.

This is not the case with views. Views in Microsoft Project are almost always created poorly. This post will be about creating views and about maintaining them properly. Continue reading Building a view in Microsoft Project, the correct way

Excited for Anaheim Project Conference 2014

Hi readers,

I am excited! JSR has decided to send my CEO, Maurice Ausum (writer of the Office Corner) and me to go to Anaheim and visit the Project Conference 2014.

This is the event on Microsoft Project in the world. All the big names will be there including Gary and Eric.
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Book review: Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010

Hi there, this is my 5th book review and a book that has a special story. I bought the book at the Microsoft Project Conference of 2012. I even got the book signed by the author, Eric Uyttewaal, himself. It was a nice meeting and we will probably shake hands again when I visit the USA to attend the Project Conference 2014 in Anaheim (have a look at all the cool content of the conference here).

The book is big, bigger than the 2003 version of dynamic scheduling (also written by Eric), a nice 775 pages of project management best practices using Microsoft Project 2010. The book is written for the 2010 version of the product but most of the exercises and theory holds true for 2007 and 2013 as well. Continue reading Book review: Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010

2013, some statistics

Hi readers and welcome to 2014! I hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones during Christmas and New Year. I had a great time reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen king, a great book! And I spend nice long walks on the beach with the girlfriend and had great (huge) dinners.
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Book review: Dynamic Scheduling with MS Project 2010

The Dynamic Scheduling books (2003, 2007 and 2013 also available) are a great way to get to know Microsoft Project and learn some of the key features that help you build a schedule that last the whole project life cycle. As far as I know there isn’t a 2013 version yet.

In my work as a consultant I have seen a lot of people use date related planning, the Dynamic Scheduling method helps define a better way to building a project plan. The book is nicely arranged and has some good best practices from building Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) to Earned Value (EV) calculations.

The book comes with a nice set of Web Added Value (WAV) downloads and will be a great way to learn for Microsoft certification Exam 70-178: Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects. Grab your own copy of the book by going to this link.

I would give this book a score of 4 out of 5 stars.

My view on ProjectOnline (including 2 great new features)

Microsoft launched their new Product Project Server 2013 in two distinct versions. We have a Project Server 2013 option, where the server is running on local application servers or hosted by third party suppliers. This is cheaper than the 2010 version because it now has only 1 dedicated database instead of 4. And the second option, closely linked to Office365, is called ProjectOnline. ProjectOnline is marketed as a completely new way to look at servers and gives the client the option to seriousy downsize their technical maintenance staff because Microsoft itself hosts the servers. Continue reading My view on ProjectOnline (including 2 great new features)

Book reviews on Project management and MS Project (server)

Hi readers,

As a consultant I try to read and know as much as possible about the subjects I’m considered to be an expert in. Apart from blogs and Microsoft TechNet there is a whole universe of project (management) literature out there to suite just that need. This is why I started doing book reviews!

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Book review: Project 2013 for dummies

Everyone knows the Dummies book series. And I do believe their goal (and slogan) is to “making everything easier”. Which is a great goal!

This book is a nice start to get to know Microsoft Project 2013 if you don’t like the more official/Microsoft step-by-step or inside out books. The book is composed of 5 parts that cover: getting started, resources, using baselines, tracking progress and finally a top 10 golden rules chapter.

I like the writing style because it’s really down to earth. However, sometimes I think it’s a bit too much and I want a more serious approach. But that is purely a taste thing I guess. Continue reading Book review: Project 2013 for dummies

Book review: Implementing and Administering Microsoft Project Server 2013

Sometimes books come on your path that are absolute “no brainers”! And I mean this in the most positive sense of the words.
Book picture and link.

This book, a whopping 1040 pages thick, is a must have for anyone that needs to implement or administer Microsoft Project Server 2013 (what’s in a name right?). The guys at msProjectExperts are well known in the community, Gary Chefetz, Bill Raymond and Dale Howard are great at providing knowledge trough the book medium. And if you ever get the chance to visit a seminar or reading by them do not hesitate! It will surely be an enjoyable experience. Continue reading Book review: Implementing and Administering Microsoft Project Server 2013

Book review: De Projectsaboteur (The Project saboteur)

Picture of de ProjectsaboteurI’m sad to say the book is currently only available in Dutch and I don’t know if there is an English translation on the way. However: If you are an international project manager and need to manage a project in The Netherlands, please read this book. This little book is a real gem. It’s to the point and a nice introduction in the subtle sabotaging ways of Dutch project members. And a great way to learn the Dutch language. Continue reading Book review: De Projectsaboteur (The Project saboteur)