Removing Inactive Tasks from your OnePager Gantt Chart

Did you know that OnePager can automatically remove inactive tasks from your report, even if you still have them flagged for import in Microsoft Project?

Let’s start with a simple Microsoft Project schedule. Notice that all five tasks are active, and all five tasks have “Flag 20” set to “Yes”:

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Communicating Plans to Global Teams

In today’s connected world, it’s increasingly common for project and portfolio managers to collaborate with teams across multiple countries and cultures.

In some ways, working globally is a great thing. Talent can be acquired and nurtured wherever it’s found, marketplace efficiencies can drive bottom-line benefits, and diverse viewpoints often lead to superior finished products and processes. But there are certainly challenges, too – and few see them more keenly than the project manager.

Keeping individuals and departments on the same page (and the same timeline) when they’re divided by distance, language, and culture can be difficult. As a result, many project and portfolio managers are turning to project visuals, like Gantt charts and “birds on a wire” timelines, to effectively communicate globally. Here’s why.

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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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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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Ever Check Out The OnePager YouTube Channel?

Not all of the OnePager tips and tricks videos make it onto our Support Videos page.  But every video we’ve ever made can be found on our YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/chroniclegraphics?sub_confirmation=1
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Displaying Variance in OnePager

I get asked a lot about how to display variance in OnePager.  This post will hopefully get your creative juices flowing about how to meet your specific needs. You might be interested in a project summary chart that looks something like this:

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Where To Get The Latest Release of OnePager – Version 5.3

We have been posting videos over the last several weeks outlining the changes that have come with OnePager version 5.3.  If you missed the videos, you can watch again below.

If your subscription to Maintenance & Support is current, you may upgrade to version 5.3 at no additional cost.  If your Maintenance & Support has lapsed, you will need to renew your subscription or pay for a one-time upgrade.

We have already begun sending all users instructions to upgrade. However, sometimes email filters will not let our message through.

If you would like us to send you the upgrade, and/or confirm your Maintenance & Support subscription status, please send an email to support@onepager.com, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Best of OnePager Blog – Most Read All Time

Happy New Year to all of our OnePager users!

We very much appreciate you and hope you find this week’s edition helpful.  These are our top-three most viewed blog articles of all time.

At #3 with 1,940 views – Best Practices for Project Reporting: Swimlanes (Part 3/6)

At #2 with 4,077 views – Building Gantt Charts in PowerPoint?  Think again!

At #1 with 7,133 views – Microsoft Project Formulas:  the Smart Way to Filter Tasks for OnePager Pro

We wish you and your colleagues the very best in 2016!

Sincerely, The Chronicle Graphics Team