An alternative to managing non-standard work patterns is to assign a custom Calendar to a Task instead of a Resource. This topic shows you how.
On occasion you may have Team members or project participants working from different geographical regions from that of the project. Here we demonstrate the steps to create Regional Calendars and assign those Calendars to Resources.
In this session we work through the steps to flip standard nonworking times – such as Saturdays and Sundays – to working days.
A common mistake made by project managers – assuming all resources are available all of the time! In this video we take you through the steps to reflect individual resource non-availablility to the project. We also demonstrate the consequences when Calendar changes are made for resources already assigned to tasks.
Two very useful Views are applied in this demonstration – the Resource Usage and the Resource Allocation Views. They help us to establish where the bottlenecks are with respect to our Resource assignments.
We begin the process of managing Resources by showing you how to drill down to Overallocation issues using the Resource Graph View.
Discover in this video the most effective method to assign Resources to your Tasks. We also introduce the concept of the Effort Equation – to calculate labour effort – and Effort Driven Scheduling.
The Copy Picture feature provides a very useful method of communicating project information to your Stakeholders. Particularly when you want to manage the information being presented.
Another really useful feature here – the ability to attach project documentation to relevant tasks. There are some caveats – find out towards the end of the video!
An important consideration when managing projects is the inevitability of time constraints. Watch this video and discover how to set and remove these constraints.
A simple but effective feature here. Deadlines can be used to visually indicate time limits, handovers, switchovers and the like in the Gantt Chart.
Learn how the General Tab in the Task Information Dialogue Box can be used to place a Task onto the Project Timeline – amongst other things!
Have you ever created a ‘simple’ schedule, and before you know it, it’s grown quite large? Or – nightmare scenario – someone sends you a large project schedule with no Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) supporting it? In this video we show you how to superimpose a WBS on an existing ‘flat’ project.
Here’s a quick overview of the concepts of the Critical Path, Slack (or Float) and the Baseline. We also demonstrate the various views to display them.
There are 3 other Task relationships to consider – Start-to-Start, Finish-to-Finish and Start-to-Finish. Discover how to specify them here.
The majority of Dependencies or Relationships used to depict work sequencing tends to be Finish-to-Start or FS. Discover the various methods of setting this dependency here.
As a rule of thumb, Milestones are used to indicate the expected achievement of Deliverables. But we can use them to indicate other significant events such as the Project Start, Phase Handovers, Project Completion and so on. Learn how to create them here.
In this video we show you how to work with the Entry Table in the Gantt Chart. We also show you how to hide Columns or Fields that you may not wish to display.
Careful now! Unless you’re into micro management there should be no need to change the working hours per day for the Project Calendar. But if you insist, this video shows you how.
Watch this video and learn the first key step to take in creating your project schedule – specifying either the Start or Finish Date of your project.
Continuing our introduction to the Gantt Chart we now take a look at the Calendar Scale and how it represents scope – or work – over time.
Here’s our introduction to the workhorse of Microsoft Project – the Gantt Chart View. In this session we focus on the structure and content of the Entry Table.
In this video we show you how to place commonly used commnands on the Quick Access Toolbar. Of particular value here are the navigation aids Scroll To Task, Zoom In and Zoom Out
A very important step this! For correct schedule development and management we need Microsoft Project to be set to Auto Scheduled mode. Find out how in this short video.
This short vignette presents the simple but very important distinction between the concepts of Auto Scheduling (the prefered scheduling mode!) and Manually Scheduling tasks.
Time to get started! In this introductory video we take you through some foundational steps in Project Management. These steps – such as the creation of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) – will provide a solid base to build your schedule from.