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Meet the Catalyst Team: Rusty Hamilton

Spend a day with Catalyst’s president Rusty Hamilton at a trade show or in meetings with clients and it becomes clear that he knows just about everybody. With 20+ years in the business and hundreds of firms helped, it’s no wonder.   Most of those last 20 years has been at Catalyst in increasingly larger…
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Tip From Our Consultants: Powerproject’s Help Feature, Clearing Filter Selections and more

What I like best about Powerproject’s Help Feature If you want to know about every field on a dialogue box, click F1. In this example, I’ve brought up the Format Bar Chart dialogue box.     Click on “Explanation of the fields on the dialog” to see an explanation of every field of the active…
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Tips From Our Instructors: Creating Look-Aheads in Elecosoft Powerproject

Look-aheads are created to give decision makers a means of monitoring upcoming tasks.  This guide serves as a method to create a look-ahead but is by no means the only way.  For this look-ahead, we will create the following: A new Date Zone – so that we can zoom in/out on tasks that are within…
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For real value, project controls must be “good” not just “good enough”

Construction is a very risky business and the CPM schedule has become the basis of the evaluation of progress and delays both during projects (contemporaneously) and after the fact (forensically). Various studies indicate that less than 50% of US construction projects are completed on time.

The April/May 2018 Reader Poll

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The Sept/Oct Reader Poll

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Are your projects late because of poor execution or because of poor planning?

Construction is a very risky business and the CPM schedule has become the basis of the evaluation of progress and delays both during projects (contemporaneously) and after the fact (forensically). Various studies indicate that less than 50% of US construction projects are completed on time.

Tip From Our Consultants: None of my Activities are Constrained So Why Do I Have Negative Float in My P6 Schedule?

There is negative float in your schedule and yet you’ve checked for constraints on your activities and can’t find any…puzzling, right? Unfortunately, there is a sneaky type of constraint at the project level that can also force negative float through the schedule even if none of the activities are constrained. It’s totally invisible when you’re…
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Companies That Schedule Every Job Perform Better

Is your team taking advantage of project scheduling to stay on track?  Or are you avoiding the creation of a schedule because you think it takes too long, it’s too complex, or overkill for your projects? If so, you could be setting yourself up for avoidable problems later.   Schedules are not a “chore” that…
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Tip From Our Instructors: Using Task Data Display and Text Annotations in Asta Powerproject

To communicate project data effectively, it is often desirable to display task information next to the bars. Asta Powerproject provides for this functionality through both Task Data Display and Text Annotations. These two options can be used on their own or in conjunction with one another. The choice depends on what, and how much, data…
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