New Post at MPUG: Add a Cutover Weekend to MS Project

My latest article for MPUG  was published today: Add a Cutover Weekend Calendar to MS Project.

Part of the challenge in scheduling weekend work in Microsoft Project is isolating that “exception” weekend to just the tasks of interest. In this article, I show how to create a special-purpose calendar that inherits the holidays already defined in the main calendar, but identifies selected days that aren’t normally working days as exceptions. This calendar can then be applied to whatever tasks are in scope for that working weekend. I also show how to apply exceptions to specific resources, so weekend tasks can be assigned to them.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.

New Post at MPUG: How to Add Your Holiday Schedule to MS Project

My first article for MPUG was published today: How to Add Your Organization’s Holiday Schedule to MS Project.

As I recently pointed out to another project manager, there aren’t four work weeks in either November or December.  Fortunately, if you’re using Microsoft Project, you can define non-working days in order to prevent the embarrassment of a deliverable coming due on Thanksgiving Day. I also show how to create alternate calendars for team members in other countries or special events, like cutovers, and apply them to Resources and Tasks.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.

New Post at AITS: There’s More to a System Design Than Requirements

My latest article for AITS was published today: There’s More to a System Design Than Requirements.

Acme Tornado KitIn addition to meeting the current needs of the users, a good design (and a good implementation of a good design) has to be capable of being supportable once it makes the transition to production. We have to be cognizant of both the history of the legacy system we’re replacing and the potential for evolution of user requirements over time. Both technical debt and Lehman’s Law come into play here and good project managers help the designers keep past, current, and future needs in mind.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.