Best tools for project management: Project Server

In this final post in the best tools for project management series I will take a close look at the Microsoft flagship; Project and Portfolio Management or PPM. This product comes in two variations: Project Server and Project Online, more on the difference between the two later. Earlier posts were about Excel, and Microsoft Project Professional. Continue reading Best tools for project management: Project Server

Best tools for project management: Microsoft Project

Hi Readers,

Microsoft Project 2016 logoWelcome to the second post about the best tools for project management. In the last post I discussed Excel. In this post I will take a closer look at Microsoft Project. To be precise, I will take a look at the tool Microsoft Project Professional 2013. The professional edition of the tool should always be used, Standard just doesn’t provide the same power and functionality. Continue reading Best tools for project management: Microsoft Project

Best tools for project management: Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft Excel logoWelcome to the first post in a new series. In this series I take a close look at 3 Microsoft applications that help people in their Project Management efforts. As a consultant for Microsoft Project (Server) I come across the different maturity levels and I wanted to share my thoughts on the applications and their usefulness in different scenarios. Today I take a look at Microsoft Excel. Continue reading Best tools for project management: Microsoft Excel

What are the best tools for project management?

This is the introductory post of a three part series. In it I will give my view on what (Microsoft) product matches your expectations on Project Management software. I will include my own experience and links to Microsoft pages or other blogs to give you a complete overview.


Edition 26-10-2016: I did another review, this time for Microsoft Planner. Please find the link in the list below.


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Book review: Delivering Exceptional Project Results

Another book about Project Management, written by Jamal Moustafaev (president and founder of Thinktank consulting, among other achievements). I bought this book back when EPM 2010 was brand new. The reason why I bought the book was simple; I was looking for a book that had more information on Portfolio management and particularly on Portfolio Selection. This was because the Project Server 2010 version has the portfolio selection module imbedded out of the box, and that was a separate product in earlier versions. I wanted to read up on Portfolio management because I thought it would become the next big thing in the Project Server world and I knew nothing about it. And the sub title triggered me to get this book: A practical guide to project selection, scoping, estimation and management. Sounds promising right?

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I have added some free content related to the book on the TPC_OneDrive, go have a look, and read the “read me” file please.

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Featured on The Microsoft Project Podcast

Hi readers,

Have you ever wondered “what does that Van Hurck guy actually sound like?”. Well fear not, I recently got a LinkedIn message from Prasanna Adavi:

“I wanted to invite you to be a guest for an episode on MS Project Podcast. Do you think you can do it?” Continue reading Featured on The Microsoft Project Podcast

Building a scope creep view

Dominic Moss commented on the about baselines post with a nice suggestion. He talks about creating a view that shows a bar that gives the difference between actual finish dates and the proposed finish date captured in baseline(n). I told him that I would consider building this view and posting it on my blog. Today is that day Dominic, and I hope you like what I have done with your suggestion. Let’s build this:

Scope Creep View Finished
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Book review: Successful project management

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Successful project management
I just finished another book and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. The book is called Successful project management with the sub title “Applying best practices and real-world techniques with Microsoft Project”. If that doesn’t sound like a good start I don’t know what does :-).

The book is written by Bonnie Biafore, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Project Conference in Anaheim and who wrote an interesting guest post on The Project Corner concerning Multiple Baselines. If you’re reading this before the first of may 2014 you can even win this book by commenting on her guest post! Continue reading Book review: Successful project management

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.