I was in hospital a while back visiting a sick relative, and whilst they were sleeping I was reading some of the charts on the wall. One in particular caught my eye. It was essentially a fast risk measuring tool. Being a consummate project manager, my first thought was, "I can steal this idea!"
One of the most common issues I have noticed with Project Management and companies approaches is they focus, almost entirely, on only one out of the two core disciplines of Project Management. To me, a Project Manager has two key high level tasks. Planning the project and executing the project.
I am often surprised how few project managers know some of the more useful tricks that MS Project offers you, things like custom calendars to deal with part time employees, or the wonderful Task Detail Form. For work, I pulled together a list of some of the key things I think all Project Managers should know about.