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As a Director under the VP of Marketing, I had the opportunity to be part of the Western Michigan PMI (WMPMI) chapter board retreat at the end of July. The goal of the retreat was to make decisions that will make the chapter more valuable to the members. It was nice to see that the board has truly heard what is important to the members such as:
The most interesting parts of the meeting was where board members would point out that we should stop trying to solve the problem before we identify the problem and have a direction. Just like other project teams I have been on, everyone has an idea, but until you know what your focus is, the ideas are not really useful. Sometimes even the most experienced project managers struggle to stay focused.
I am excited about many of the things that came out of the retreat and things that all of the members should look forward to:
Sorry I can’t spoil any surprises, but stay tuned to chapter e-mails and the website for updates (www.wmpmi.org).
Overall it was great to connect up all areas of our chapter to come together for a common purpose – value to our members. I’m happy I took the day to attend this retreat and I’m sure when our members or potential members join us in the fall, they will see how the hard work of the board has paid off.
When I visit customers using Microsoft Project 2010/2013/2016, or Project Pro for Office 365, I am surprised how many of them are using older and in some cases less efficient ways to build schedules. When I bring ideas of new ways to work to them, most tell me they never really looked into what is new. Here are a few of my favorite new features to build schedules quickly.
Create a summary task and automatically indent related subtasks all at once –
Create a space for new tasks in the middle of a task list very quickly –
Turn on or off the outline number for the project very quickly –
Note: All illustrations are taken from Project Pro for Office 365/Project Professional 2013.
I hope you give these options a try and see if they may help you be more efficient in building schedules.