Quickly Add Stripes to Excel

{by AzTech} Quickly add stripes to Excel – Rows with alternating colors pop and make your spreadsheet easier to read and use. Here’s a quick tip for adding alternating row colors: Click the Home tab > Styles > Conditional Formatting > Manage Rules > New rule > Use a formula to determine which cells to format > Enter this formula =MOD(ROW(),2)=1 > click Format. On the … Continue reading Quickly Add Stripes to Excel

IPMRs are Getting a Shake Up, Let’s Review

{by Luis Contreras}   With the new IPMR2 coming out soon, see our update here, we’ve been reflecting on the current IPMR. For those trying to get caught up on all this, here are boiled down details on the requirements for the current IPMR: About the IPMR The IPMR contains data for measuring cost and schedule performance on Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition contracts. It is structured … Continue reading IPMRs are Getting a Shake Up, Let’s Review

What’s New in Excellent Scheduling Guidance?

{by Luis Contreras} It’s been roughly 4 years since the NDIA’s Planning & Scheduling Excellence Guide (PASEG) was updated and the newest version 3.0 is now available. What’s new in this handy 200+ page scheduling reference guide? PASEG 2.0 (June 2012) versus 3.0 (March 2016):   Cosmetically Prettier Updated exhibits give the entire document a brighter, crisper look. But, let’s not be superficial…there’s more meat … Continue reading What’s New in Excellent Scheduling Guidance?

Top 7 Takeaways from EVM World

{by Luis Contreras} The 2016 EVM World seemed focused on compliance this year with lots of talk about PARCA and DCMA revising Integrated Program Management Report (IPMR) and EVM policy and data requirements. 1 – New Comprehensive Format 7 Aside from DFAR and 5000.02 changes, the agencies want to consolidate IPMR Formats 1-4 into a new and more comprehensive Format 7. Today, Format 7 contains time-phased … Continue reading Top 7 Takeaways from EVM World

Why Calendars Take More Than a Leap of Faith

{by Luis Contreras} Leap years remind us that in the world of project management calendars matter and can impact cost and schedule. When building a schedule, setting up calendars is an essential early step to assure that dates are consistent across the project. This is especially important for global projects or projects with major partners or subcontractors / suppliers. Here are 3 tips that apply … Continue reading Why Calendars Take More Than a Leap of Faith

AzTech Spotlight on Joy: Supporting Earned Value Reviews and PMOs

{Interview with Joy Sichveland} Joy Sichveland is one of AzTech’s Senior Consultants and has great insights on earned value management and integrated master schedule reviews, supporting program management offices (PMOs), and building custom solutions with Microsoft Excel Ribbons. Joy has 10 years of experience at AzTech as a Senior consultant specializing in Earned Value Management, Scheduling, and Risk. She has worked on large, complex DoD, … Continue reading AzTech Spotlight on Joy: Supporting Earned Value Reviews and PMOs

AzTech Spotlight on Tim: AzTech Makes You a Superhero

{Interview with Tim Fritz} Hear insights from Tim Fritz, AzTech’s Business Development Manager, on AzTech Gurus, making you a superhero, performance-driven compliance, and AzTech Stoplight tools. Tim has over 6 years of experience at AzTech were he serves both as Business Development Manager and Project Management consultant. He has a varied background in Marketing, Communications, Design, and Project Management. He is the key player upholding AzTech’s … Continue reading AzTech Spotlight on Tim: AzTech Makes You a Superhero

AzTech Spotlight on Elias: Earned Value Software Development Insights

{Interview with Elias Cooper} This Spotlight focuses in on Elias Cooper, AzTech’s ACE Software Development Lead. Hear his insights on earned value from a developer’s point of view. Elias has nearly 3 years of experience at AzTech. He is a Software Engineer as well as an Earned Value Management consultant with AzTech. He has a background working with databases and studied philosophy at the University of North Carolina … Continue reading AzTech Spotlight on Elias: Earned Value Software Development Insights

AzTech Spotlight on Zac: The Future of Project Management Software

{Interview with Zac Lindemann} This Spotlight focuses in on Zac Lindemann, AzTech’s technology lead. Zac has over 6 years experience at AzTech leading project teams. He is an Earned Value Management consultant with AzTech as well as our Lead ACE Developer. He has a background in design and engineering. His eye and approach has been integral to the look and feel of AzTech’s tools and the … Continue reading AzTech Spotlight on Zac: The Future of Project Management Software

Cloud Computing and Impacts on the Defense Industry

{Interview with James Aksel} Fresh from the Microsoft Project 2014 Conference, AzTech’s Jim Aksel reflects on how larger companies are embracing the Cloud. Still, the jury’s out on how the DoD world can or will adopt these technologies. Tune in to hear Jim’s reflections and insights on this topic as it goes from nebulous to cirrus. Continue reading Cloud Computing and Impacts on the Defense Industry