Learning New Tricks with Microsoft Project


A blog from the accounting office, (ha)… I do numbers all day, I don’t write (unless it’s bulleted procedures or expense reports). I would prefer a Calculus class over creative writing any day! I just want to throw that out there right up front in hopes that I won’t be judged too harshly; please. With that being said, I did volunteer to jot down my thoughts today because I am excited to share how my recent Microsoft Project “study-buddy sessions” with my coworkers are starting to become a real benefit to my department.

## Taking Action

… she explained to me what **MS Project** is used for and how she currently uses it and **I became very interested**.

A few months ago, a co-worker and I were discussing her upcoming exam for Microsoft Project. Being in the accounting office, I haven’t really been exposed to a lot of what our resources do or what programs they use. I have been very content with the accounting software I have been using for the past 15 years. As I listened to her talk about areas that she needed to focus on, she explained to me what MS Project is used for and how she currently uses it and I became very interested. At the time, my co-worker needed someone to help her study, and from her description of the program, I really wanted to learn more about it. So between the two of us, we came up with a plan to present to the President asking for a small amount of time each week to start internal “study-buddy sessions”.

## Making Project Study Sessions Work for US!

I can think of a **million ways to use Project as a Mom**.

The main idea was that she would teach me MS Project and tolerate my forty million stupid questions, and this in turn would help her learn by instructing and finding the answers to any of my questions that she didn’t know. Little did we know that so many people in our office would be so interested in the study sessions! I think I speak for everyone when I say that we enjoy and really look forward to “study-buddy Wednesdays.”

## Unexpected Outcome

Being a **procedure junkie**, I have found that MS Project is a far more effective tool for step by step instructions on how to **process my weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly deadlines**.

After a few sessions, I was so excited about all the ways that MS Project could make accounting more efficient. Being a procedure junkie, I have found that MS Project is a far more effective tool for step by step instructions on how to process my weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly deadlines. My entire job can be plugged into Project to ensure that I never miss a thing! I am hoping in the near future to transfer a lot of my accounting functions into Project.

Being a Mom of teenage twin boys I am forever running around getting them to school, practice, games, etc. I can think of a million ways to use Project as a Mom. Prep schedule for college, sport seasons & schedules, finances, budgeting, vacation planning, even household chores & improvements!

So, I guess you could say that I have really taken advantage of these mini study sessions. I am thankful to my coworkers for their time, effort, and enthusiasm. Never stop learning new tricks!

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    Tim Runcie

    It is amazing when Accounting and CFO’s see the power of the ability of Project to give them very accurate forecasts. In many cases they go from being the biggest resistors to the biggest supporters to ensure that they can get better planning forecasting and strategic cost / resource impacts from Project!

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    Amy Wachsnicht

    Nice job Pam! LOVE it!

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    Danielle Johnson

    Pam! Who would’ve guessed Study Buddy Wednesday’s would evolve into this!? Thank you for setting this up. 🙂

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    Project Trainer Chicago

    Microsoft Project has involved into such a detailed program which can handle such complex projects, I wonder with the advent of the online version whether Microsoft will create a smaller (and free) version which will be better suited to managing homes or office tasks.

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