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MS Project - 11 Useful options to set in MS Project 2013

These options will be handy when you create schedules on MS Project 2013.

Navigate to File / Options for setting these options.

Don't show the backstage when opening or saving the files :Check.
Auto-save every: Set value (e.g. 30 minutes)
Save to Computer by default: Check.
Default file location: Set the directory

New task created: Change to Auto scheduled
Auto link inserted or moved tasks: Check.

Default view: Set the most used view here as the default view.

General: Open last file on startup: Check.
Quickly access this number of Recent projects: Set the number.
EVM related options:
Default task Earned Value method:   Set % complete or physical % complete.
Baseline for EVM: Set the baseline.

MS Project - 7 Steps to do EVM in MS Project 2013

Note: The navigation is given for the MS Project 2013.

Step 1: Create the project plan by entering tasks with predecessors, assigning resources, updating resource sheet with the cost details etc.

Step 2: Create a Baseline for the project. (Navigation: Project/Set Baseline/Set Baseline)

Step 3: Update the Actual start dates / % complete.
(Navigation: From Gantt chart screen, View/Tables/Tracking)

Step 4: Update the Status date. The PV calculation depends on the status date.
(Navigation: Project/Status date/Select Status date)

Step 5: Check the EVM values like PV, EV and AC.
(Navigation: View/Tables/More Tables/Earned Value)
The EAC (Estimate At Complete) is calculated by AC+(BAC-EV)/CPI i.e.
ACWP+(Baseline Cost – BCWP)/CPI. VAC = BAC – EAC.

Step 6: Check the Cost Performance Index (CPI).
(Navigation: View/Tables/More Tables/Earned Value Cost Indicators)

Step 7: Check the Schedule Performance Index (SPI):
(Navigation: View/Tables/More Tables/Earned Value Schedule indicators)

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This post covers the different variants of MS Project like Standard, Online , Project Server etc.

MS Project - What was new?

There are different versions of MS Project. This post covers the features which were introduced newly in the different versions of MS Project like 2007,2010,2013 and the latest 2016.