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Here’s a short extract from an excellent article written by Bill Raymond (Microsoft Project MVP) which I highly recommend.

Bill Raymond, author
Bill Raymond, Microsoft Project MVP, is a consultant with Pcubed. He’s also an amateur photographer and diehard Nikonian and publishes the popular project management blog, Project Nation.


“Beginning on May 12, 2010, the rules of project management will change. Before Microsoft Project 2010 officially appears, older versions of Microsoft Project are still enforcing strict and formal compliance to project management standards, and we hold project managers accountable to own and deliver on a project schedule that is near perfection without exception. We expect our experienced team leads in Microsoft Project Server to follow a path already laid out for them in a schedule; making critical changes is considered taboo without the project manager entering the changes for them.

With Microsoft Project 2010 much of this formality will now be optional.

Wait! Don’t worry! It’s OK! For you purists and sticklers for detail, the features and functions you need won’t go away. For people who have abandoned Microsoft Project for Excel and PowerPoint, it’s time for a second-look at this very powerful project management tool.

In evaluating Microsoft Project 2010, it’ll be important to know the significant new changes to adopt them effectively. This guide is intended to help you better understand what you need to do to prepare yourself and your organization.

What’s New

At the top of this article I made a bold statement that the rules will change and Excel users should take notice — so let’s look at one of the most significant new changes in the Desktop version of Project 2010.

Manual scheduling is essentially an Excel-like approach to setting up your plan without having to know all the details. Where Project would modify dates and change your schedule “for you” with a very powerful scheduling engine, you can now turn that off for tasks.

Figure 1. Schedules don’t have to be perfect from the outset. Tasks can be manually scheduled where dates aren’t defined.”

Raymond Figure 1

As I said, this is just short extract … to read the full article click here to visit the MPUG website.

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