Critical Path: It’s not “the most important stuff”

Critical Path comes up frequently in our interactions with our customers. Most executives we speak with still use the term Critical Path to describe “the most important stuff.” But those of us who are trained project managers and schedulers know that’s not exactly right.

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Why do Summary Tasks Always Appear Behind Schedule?

Have you ever walked into a project status meeting, proud of how all of your deliverables are on track, only to have someone ask you why the phase or project-level summary task shows that you are behind schedule? Everything you’ve been tasked with doing is on time, but for some reason, the summary shows that you are weeks or months behind.

Here’s why:

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Display Certainty In Your Plan by Using Conditional Formatting

I often have users ask me how I would display a level of certainty around a particular milestone or task.

The need exists because the initiative spans many years, and therefore, items in the plan set to begin, or complete, in the near future are fairly certain in terms of their target dates.  However, items further out on the timeline need to be interpreted as loose estimates.

This is actually very easily accomplished in OnePager, as long as you have a column with a value that indicates the various levels of certainty you want to communicate.

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Progress and On-time Status are two very different things

We often receive this question within our support interactions:  “Why doesn’t my % Complete bar match today’s date?”

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New Guide – Why Data Driven Matters

OnePager is data-driven. Ever wonder why that matters? The answer to you may be obvious, but based on our conversations, it’s not something everyone has thought about.

To help, we’ve created a guide that discusses the importance of data-driven visuals in the realm of project management.  We hope you find it informative and useful.  Just click on the image below, or here, to read-on.

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Did 2015 have 52 Weeks or 53?

We’ve been debating this internally for about four months now: Everyone knows that there are 52 weeks in a year, right? Unfortunately, it’s never exactly 52, since 365 (or 366 in leap years) are not evenly divisible by seven.

Project managers regularly track their teams’ work by numbered weeks, so it’s not surprising that project reports need to be able to show which activities appear in a given week with some consistency. Believe it or not, there is not a consensus as to which week is which, or even when one week ends and the next begins.

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The revealing truth about the plan and schedule

Special Guest Article from Deb Schaffer at ProProject Manager

Project managers have many different roles: scheduler, budget analyst, occasional relationship coach. Educator is one role that is often unexpected. Often we are asked, “Aren’t the project plan and the schedule the same thing?”

Let’s eliminate the confusion about this. Your friends don’t think that the directions to your house are the actual house, right? Here’s some clarification.

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OnePager 5.3 Introduction – Part 2

Last week we presented the first video in a series outlining the new improvements to OnePager in version 5.3.  If you missed it, you can watch it by clicking this link.

This week is Part 2 and can be viewed below.

We’ll be reaching out to all existing users very soon with more information about how to upgrade to OnePager version 5.3, so please hold tight!

OnePager 5.3 Is Here!

We are very excited to announce the latest release of OnePager, version 5.3.

The enhancements reviewed in the below video (Part 1 of 3) are:

  1. Standalone – you can now launch OnePager from your desktop (the add-in is now optional)
  2. Data Tab – you can now Update your Project Views without leaving the editor
  3. Direct Export to PPT or PDF
  4. Mirror settings between the Task Bars and Milestones tabs in the Project-View Properties
  5. Addition of new milestone shapes

Have a look!

Check out Part 2 next week!