Just finished the announcement e-mail for the August updates. See over on the Project Support blog - http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2015/08/12/project-server-2010-and-2013-august-2015-pu-announcement.aspx. I also updated the full lists of fixes for all updates released since the start of both the 2010 and 2013 applications.
Some of my favourite fixes:
Enjoy! And don’t forget – mainstream support ends for Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 this October 13th – so I hope you have your project plans for your move to Project 2013 or Project Online prepared!
For my round-up posts I tend to go to the blog roll and click through and see what the MVP community have been blogging about and then add other posts that have interested me from both inside and outside Microsoft. However, there are some MVP’s that were missing from my list so I missed posting about their blogs! So if you are a project MVP with a blog and you are not on the blog roll on either this blog or the http://blogs.technet.com/projectsupport blog then let me know so I can add you. I’ll do the additions in the next couple of weeks as we are doing some migration work on our blogging platform.
But one friend and MVP quickly let me know that I had missed some excellent posts of his – so this extra summer round up is dedicated to Allan Rocha! Allan claims to be Brazilian – but as he can either take or leave football, and prefers the cooler climate of Denmark – so I’m not so sure. In Denmark he works for the 2015 Microsoft Partner of the Year winner, Projectum. He posts in English and Portuguese (I’m sure Peter will have him blogging in Danish soon!) and a recent selection of posts include the Power BI Rest API, Refresh Support for Power BI, a very cool Project Search app for Project Online, an intro to the new Resource Engagements feature coming soon and finally a link to his Microsoft Ignite session on BI.
Sorry I missed you Allan – keep up the great blogging!
In September I will be presenting, along with my Manager Larry Block, at the MPUG Seattle chapter meeting in Bellevue at the Microsoft Store, September 17th at 6pm – mark your diaries. We will be talking about how we work in support for Microsoft Project – giving you some insight into one of the longest tenure support teams in Microsoft. I’m still the 2nd newest recruit in the US team – with ‘only’ 12 years under my belt. We will also talk about some of the new features coming down the road in both Project Online and Project and Project Server 2016. And with such a cool venue if we don’t capture your attention with that agenda you can always wander off and play Xbox or buy a Surface 3… Hope to meet up with some of my blog readers there – come by and say ‘Hi’!
You can register at http://www.mpug.com/event/seattle-project-support-and-whats-coming-next/
Been a while since my last round up of Project bloggery – but here goes.
First I’d like to bring your attention to the Product Group blog recently on some API changes coming your way. We started supporting CSOM with Project Server 2013 and Project Online, but this latest blog moves that along a bit with the announcement that the Project methods of the PSI are being deprecated in Project Server 2016 and Project Online (they were never actually supported in Project Online, but it was possible to use them). This won’t change anything for Project Server 2013 or 2010 – but if you are doing new development in 2013 then certainly worth considering CSOM to ensure you have something that will continue to work in the future. For the full blog see https://blogs.office.com/2015/07/14/a-unified-scheduling-engine-and-api-in-project-online-and-project-server-2016/
The Product Group also blogged about the new Resource Engagement feature - New Feature–Resource Engagements–coming to Project Online and Project Server 2016
Next up – Our documentation team have some new stuff out – giving some thoughts on the Project Management Office (PMO) - https://support.office.com/en-my/article/Supporting-your-Project-Online-adoption-with-a-Project-Management-Office-PMO-567b2415-5973-4e38-b796-dd20ebcb00c8 . Great work Efren and Co. I loved the analogies to managing a household.
Since my last round up the June and July updates have been released, and I also blogged on the migration of info into and between sites, OData reserved words and refreshing OData reports when using multiple languages. Not a new blog post – but did just update the one on jumbled ribbon icons – we should have that fixed with some changes in our build process.
On our French support blog Marc added a great article on collecting Project Server queue stats – by use of the Enable-SPProjectQueueStatsMonitoring cmdlet and referencing the usage and health data page at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee663480.aspx.
Jorge has been busy on the Spanish support blog – one interesting article on creating projects with PowerShell.
From our MVPs and others, Tim Runcie took us through scenario of starting a schedule by concentrating on the finish date - How to Reverse Engineer a Microsoft Project Schedule
Alex Rodov was posted about on the Trusted IT Group blog – regarding his PMI Global Congress appearance - Presenting at PMI Global Congress 2015 – North America
Andrew Lavinsky posted on the importance of baselining benefits – particularly when working with volatile items such as oil (sorry for the pun…) – also a topic from the PMI Houston Annual Conference – and also Segmenting Portfolios Part 1 and 2.
Ben Howard covered Nested IFs and Risk Lists, the Project Virtual Conference (more later) and Save Site as Template – No longer an option! – which gives an answer if my own ‘save as template’ post didn’t help.
Guillaume Rouyre gave us an option for using audiences to stop people from accessing timesheets, his thoughts on the deliverable/dependency feature, Power BI, deactivating deleted users, more on the Project Virtual Conference and finally formatting Gantt charts.
Khurram Jamshed gave a review of Project 2016 and Michael Wharton posted on PMO Strategy.
Nenad has had a busy summer – telling us about Must Finish On Constraints, Milestones with duration, password protecting projects, project start times, 99% completed projects and tasks, material resources and start/finish, and actuals on summary tasks.
Oleksiy Prosnitskyy contributed a post on beautifying our report pages and using Power Query for Project reporting.
Paul Mather also had a busy summer so far – with an interesting approach to using the new Office 365 Groups feature, deleting sites with PowerShell, the Project Virtual Conference, updating labels on PDPs (very cool!) and the great news about CPS being an award finalist for their PS+ solution.
Peter Kestenholz blogged about a new free App for search in Project Online – and I’ll also add that his company, Projectum were awarded the Microsoft PPM Partner of the Year award.
PJ Mistry posted on choosing methodologies, support lifecycle and Office2013 RTM, OLAP Excel reports and working in Days, and the Wunderlist acquisition.
Prasanna Adavi announced the Project Virtual Conference.
Last MVP posting and certainly not least a familiar name blogging in a new place – Dale Howard joined Sensei Project Solutions and has posted a few articles over the summer so far - intentionally splitting tasks, add new column functionality and hiding the task mode indicator. I’ll be adding Dale’s Sensei blog to my list once we roll out some platform changes to the TechNet and MSDN blogs in the coming months.
Outside the MVP list Erik has been busy too – recounting his experiences on a TPG partner training course as well as a series on tools for Project Management – Part 1, 2 and 3.
Wow – that’s a ton of stuff. Thanks everyone for the great content you put out there!
If you haven’t already heard about this new feature then head on over to the Project blog at https://blogs.office.com/2015/06/19/resource-engagements-coming-soon-to-project-2016/, where Julie Kohler introduces the resource engagements feature and gives more information on what this does. Here is a taster:
This was also covered in the Ignite session - Microsoft's Vision and Roadmap for Work, Project, and Portfolio Management - https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2136 at about the 49 minute mark from Mike McLean if you want a video demo.