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TIP: How Long should the Longest Task be?

For a project that spans 6 – 12 months, a task should be no longer than 10 days.
If a task is greater than 10 days, for example “Tile throughout – 6 weeks” then it would be difficult to assess the progress of the task.
In our experience we have found that creating tasks to a greater level of detail with shorter duration, will give you a greater level of Control over the project.

This becomes particularly apparent when the project manager is tracking the project. In particular it allows for tracking to be much more accurate, in addition to being easier.

We go through this, as well as other techniques to improve efficiency in our Microsoft Project Training Course. You can find out more at our website http://microsoftprojecttraining.com.au
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TIP: Managing Resources

Each task should have a resource assigned to it. In doing this, Microsoft Project will determine if you have allocated too much work to one resource.
If you see a Red Man against a task, it means that task has an overallocated resource.

Resource overallocation is a common occurrence when putting a project program together. The easy way about allocating resources is to work down through your tasks and allocate the resources required for each task, not considering if that resource is already allocated elsewhere in your program.
The functionality of "Levelling" in the software will identify whether you have resource overallocation issues or not.

In our Microsoft Project Course we walk through a single and effective approach to assigning resources to tasks and how to effectively use the software to resolve resource overallocation. You can find more information on our website:
http://www.microsoftprojecttraining.com.au/
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TIP: Why you need the Critical Path

We are commonly asked “Why is it important to know where your Critical Path is? “

If you need to shorten your project, you need to move some tasks off the Critical Path or shorten the duration of tasks on the Critical Path.

One way of doing this is to add resources to a particular task.
Without understanding where the true Critical Path is, you may be applying additional resources to tasks that do not shorten the project at all.

We show you how to find the true Critical Path in your project schedule and how to apply this knowledge to manage the projects overall duration. Microsoft Project Training delivered by experienced Project Director: http://www.microsoftprojecttraining.com.au/
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TIP: How to Track your Project the RIGHT way

When your boss wants to know how your project is progressing, he wants to know the “percent complete”.
There is natural tendency to update the %Complete column in Microsoft Project.
This often results in errors in programmes, with progress in the future or unused duration in the past.

This is because %Complete refers to the Duration or Time spent on a task, rather than how much work is done. It is calculated by the Actual Duration over the Total Duration.
Don't type in the '%Complete' column when tracking your project.

We run through this process in detail during our Microsoft Project Training Course. Information about our course structure can be found  at our website: http://www.microsoftprojecttraining.com.au/
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TIP: Avoid Typing Dates in Microsoft Project

There is a tendency to type in a Start date for tasks in Microsoft Project.

This inadvertently fixes a task to that date and any tasks linked will also be constrained to the date. 

When you constrain tasks to a start or finish date, you will immediately lose a large chunk of functionality from the software. 
However, we all live in an environment where tasks must be done by certain dates. 

In our Microsoft Project training, we will show the best practice for modelling your program for tasks with fixed dates and get the most of the software. Check out our training  
http://www.microsoftprojecttraining.com.au/
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TIP: How to start Planning in Microsoft Project

Planning a project can be daunting when there are hundreds of tasks to do in the project.

How do you start planning in Microsoft Project?

1. We recommend to first, identify the major goals or milestones to achieve in your project.
2. Next breakdown the steps in achieving the milestone. 
3. Link these steps into logical order.
4. Estimate the duration of each step. Make your best guess.

The first draft will be rough to start with, but then you have a base to work with to refine and build into a better model. 
It will also be provide a visual for others to see and provide input to the project.

In our Microsoft Project Training session, we run through the proper process and techniques for creating your project plan. You can learn more about what our courses offer at our website.
http://www.microsoftprojecttraining.com.au/
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TIP: What is the Purpose of a Gantt Chart?

A Gantt Chart is a way of displaying activities (tasks or events) against time. It is used to demonstrate how a project will run over time.

As the project moves forward with actual performance updated, the Gantt Chart will adjust simultaneously displaying an up-to-date project schedule with new start and finish dates for tasks and the original baseline of your plan.

The Gantt Chart can be used in a variety of ways:

1.) The Gantt Chart could be used to communicate with your clients about your plan, progress and estimated completion dates.

2.) You could provide your Gantt Chart in a tender proposal. This will make you look more professional as well as showing your understanding of the project requirements.

3.) You could also use a Gantt Chart to communicate with Staff and Contractors for upcoming work, what they are doing and when they are required.

Our Microsoft Project Training covers Gantt Charts and how to properly utilize them in great detail. More information can be found at our website.
http://www.microsoftprojecttraining.com.au/
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TIP: Why are project management plans in so much demand now-a-days?

Clients are requesting project management plans more and more now-a-days to reduce their risk on projects. 
If you can demonstrate that you can effectively plan a project, identify the resources required and identify the tasks required in a sequence, then it is assumed that there is a higher probability that you can deliver the project to the time, cost and quality objectives.

On the other hand, Contractors themselves are keen to implement a greater level of planning in their business to improve their competitiveness in the market. 
Their aim is to increase their competitive advantage in terms of time and cost.

If you are looking to improve your own skillset in project planning and gain immediate results, by attend our next Microsoft Project Training course.
http://www.microsoftprojecttraining.com.au/
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