How to start your career as a Project Manager with ‘No or Less prior experience’.

Before we do a deep dive in to how to become a Project Manager it is important to first understand some of the key aspects of Project Management. What is Project Management. Definition: As per PMI detention, A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, … Continue reading How to start your career as a Project Manager with ‘No or Less prior experience’.

How to set up Microsoft Project – 5 Best Practices

Microsoft Project is a powerful tool if we set up and utilize the tool correctly. Here are the 5 best practices or tips that I follow when creating new project plans. 1. Set up Project start date Every project has a definite start and end date. So before creating any tasks for the project, go ahead and update the project start date. In MS Project, … Continue reading How to set up Microsoft Project – 5 Best Practices

Microsoft Project Dashboard – Report

Microsoft Project 2016 has many reports that are readily available to use. One of the very useful report according to me is the Late Report which shows all tasks that are running late. To access the Late Report, select Report tab from the main menu and select more reports. In the Side window for more reports go to ‘In-Progress’ and you should be able to … Continue reading Microsoft Project Dashboard – Report

5 Useful Keyboard Shortcut for MS Project 2016

These are 5 very useful Keyboard shortcuts for MS Project that will help you in speed up your workflow. ALT + SHIFT + ARROW Key (Right Arrow for INDENT and Left Arrow for OUTDENT). F2 for Editing a task. CTRL + F2  to link selected tasks and CTRL + SHIFT + F2 to unlink selected tasks. ALT + SHIFT + Plus Sign (+) to Expand … Continue reading 5 Useful Keyboard Shortcut for MS Project 2016

MS Project Graphical Indicators – Tutorial

In this tutorial I will explain on how to create the “Graphical Indicators” which can be used to represent status of the project activities visually. Tutorial specificaly details on how to create graphical status indicators in Gantt Chart  Microsoft Project. Graphical indicators are visual representation of the status of the tasks based on the percentage completion. Visual representation gives a quick overview of all tasks status. This is … Continue reading MS Project Graphical Indicators – Tutorial

MS Project Actual vs Planned % Complete

In MS Project there is no default field available to calculate the Planned % complete or the Baseline % completed. In this tutorial I will explain how to create a customized field to capture planned % complete to compare it against the actual % complete. STEP 01: Calculate the duration in days. MS Project stores the duration in minutes, so in order to use the duration … Continue reading MS Project Actual vs Planned % Complete