Project Success Toolkit for Microsoft Project
Software isn’t the answer (one of our tenets), but it certainly is a great enabler when managing large, complex projects.
If you are frustrated by Microsoft Project automatically changing durations and adjusting your schedule, and you have no idea why these changes occur or how to fix them, we are here to help.
The default settings in Microsoft Project tie together task duration, resource assignments and percent complete. Making a simple change to one value could result in the other two values changing without your input, leading to a constantly fluctuating schedule.
Key Software Features
We developed an add-in for Microsoft Project that puts you in control of your schedule. Our Project Success Toolkit allows you to revise the duration of an activity without impacting the resource assignments, and vice versa. This results in a more stable schedule because task duration, resource assignments and status do not change without your input.
Another key feature of the Project Success Toolkit is the capability to status an activity using an Estimated Finish date or a Remaining Duration instead of percent complete. Percent complete only conveys how much duration or work has been completed. It does not tell you when the activity will finish, which is as important.
Extending Microsoft Project
Since our Project Success Toolkit is an add-in that enhances the scheduling and reporting capabilities of Microsoft Project, you are able to utilize the core Microsoft Project functionality plus the following Toolkit features:
- Activity durations are not automatically adjusted by Microsoft Project.
- Capability to status an activity using an Estimated Finish date or a Remaining Duration based on a status date.
- Schedule quality tool that identifies unconnected activities and tasks that are violating the network logic, which could result in an invalid critical path and key milestone dates.
- Resource planning tools that prevent Microsoft Project from impacting task durations and status when resources are assigned or updated.
- Custom Gantt charts that clearly show the Critical Path for a project.
- Driving Path tool that allows you to identify and highlight the path of activities that are driving the start or finish date of a selected task. Microsoft Project includes features that only identify the driving task and relationships for a selected activity.
- Custom Gantt chart that shows the Driving Path for a selected task or milestone, which highlights areas of risk for key tasks or milestones.
- Group & Sort tool that combines the Group By and Sort By features in Microsoft Project, and can automatically insert page breaks to create custom team reports.
- Precedence Relationship report that show the predecessors and successors for each activity along with the task name, relationship type and who owns the predecessor and successors.
If this sounds like a software tool that can enhance your project scheduling and reporting within Microsoft Project, please check out the class in order to get your individual license.