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Mastering Portfolio Management with Project Online 2/5: Create Driver Prioritization

When strategic goals are grouped into categories (for example based on a balanced scorecard) and business drivers are derived from the strategy, we need to create driver prioritization. This will allow us to design a desired portfolio constellation that we can work on when analyzing portfolios. Purpose and goal of driver prioritization Prioritizing a set of [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:36+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Categories: Business Drivers, Portfolio Management, Project Online, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mastering Portfolio Management with Project Online 2/5: Create Driver Prioritization

Mastering Portfolio Management with Project Online 1/5: Define Business Drivers

The market position of a company depends on the way it executes its strategy. Portfolios of projects are highly strategic. Mastering portfolio management results in competitive advantage through efficiency. Organizations that align their portfolio management, program and project management processes and tools with the business strategy and each other are consistently more successful. Companies will thrive when [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:36+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Categories: Business Drivers, Portfolio Management, Project Online, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mastering Portfolio Management with Project Online 1/5: Define Business Drivers

Time: The most important reason for Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

Good decisions are made with a mind free of dead weight. As individuals we have the luxury of taking actions for ourselves to cleanse our thoughts before deciding on major changes in life. Based on personality, we know what’s at stake and the importance of the factors involved in the decision that lies ahead. In [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:37+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Categories: Portfolio Management|Comments Off on Time: The most important reason for Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

High-Level Reporting with S-Curves

High-Level Reporting with S-Curves The S-Curve compares the planned progress versus the actual progress and helps you keep the the project overview in the long-run. The Challenge Throughout the project life cycle reporting becomes more complex. Multiple Performance Indicators (MPIs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) evolve and the project sponsors feel the need for more measures over [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:37+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Categories: Reporting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on High-Level Reporting with S-Curves

When To Use Project Task Predecessors and Successors (Part 1 of 2)

Not that long ago, I was posed a question: Can you give me one example where there is a need to use a Start to Finish relationship in a project? So - I decided to spend a little time reviewing the relationships possible... Finish-To-Start Ok - first things first. Every [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:37+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Categories: Task Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on When To Use Project Task Predecessors and Successors (Part 1 of 2)

How to manage support work in a set timeframe in Project 2013

How to manage support work in a set time frame in Project 2013 It is not always possible to plan for and estimate every task in a portfolio or program of projects. Unplanned activities that add up during execution can be meetings, smaller logistical actions, general maintenance, general support and other miscellaneous activities. Depending on [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:37+00:00 September 21st, 2015|Categories: Task Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How to manage support work in a set timeframe in Project 2013

Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 4 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Reporting Basics in under 20 Minutes

Project 2013 - Microsoft Project for Professionals 4 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Reporting Basics in under 20 Minutes Create a dashboard Step 1. Open Project 2013 and open the project that we created the in the last part of this series Resource basics from the Commercial Construction project template. NOTE: Alternatively, you can follow along [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:37+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Categories: Reporting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 4 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Reporting Basics in under 20 Minutes

Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 3 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Resource Basics in under 20 Minutes

Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals 3 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Resource Basics in under 20 Minutes Assign Resources An assignment is the match­ing of a resource to a task to do work. From the perspective of a task, you might call the process of assigning a resource a task assignment; from the [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:38+00:00 September 7th, 2015|Categories: Resource Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 3 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Resource Basics in under 20 Minutes

Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 5 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Task Context in under 30 Minutes

Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals 5 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Task Context in under 30 Minutes Structure in summary tasks In a logical order the tasks Prepare and submit the project schedule, Prepare and submit the schedule of values and Resource Allocation belong together. Creating summary tasks is useful to structure [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:38+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Categories: Task Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 5 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Task Context in under 30 Minutes

Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 5 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Task Basics in under 30 Minutes

Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals 5 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Task Basics in under 30 Minutes Insert Task Basic Interface You can also follow these steps if you create a project from scratch. Step 1. Open Project 2013 and double-click on the Commercial Construction project template. Project 2013 - Commercial [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:30:39+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Categories: Task Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Project 2013 – Microsoft Project for Professionals: 5 Simple & Practical Steps to Mastering Task Basics in under 30 Minutes