January, 2010

Christophe Fiessinger's Blog
Updates on Microsoft's Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offerings

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    How to Project 2010: Edit Project Custom Fields in PWA

    Recently got this question on the Project Server 2010 Forums: How can I edit Project custom fields (CF) in Project Web Access?

    Before I give you the answer let me remind everyone that you can do so using Project Professional 2010.

    So let’s assume I have created three Project CF, we will leverage the new Project Detail Pages (PDP) capability to create a custom page and will add a web part that will enable editing these fields:

    The three newly created CF (Server Settings –> Enterprise Data –> Enterprise Custom Fields and Lookup Tables) image
    Let’s now create a new PDP, go to:
    Server Settings –> Workflow and Project Detail Pages –> Project Detail Pages
    Click on Documents Tab, and click on New Document, enter a Name and Select a Layout image
    You should now be in edit mode for this newly created SharePoint page (if not click on the upper right corner under Site Action -> Edit Page) . Click on add web part and select Project Web Access –> Project Fields and add it to the desired zone on you page. image
    Now let’s edit the web part to specify which project fields will be displayed and hence editable.
    Edit web part and select Modify to select the custom fields you want to be able to edit.
    Apply changes to the web part and Stop Editing the page
    Now let’s add that page to the Enterprise Project Type you want to have that editing capability for. Go to:
    Server Settings –> Workflow and Project Detail Pages –> Enterprise Project Type (EPT) and select the EPT, probable the Basic Project Plan in your case. Scroll down to New Project Page/Project Detail Pages and add the newly created page from the steps above.
    Save changes.
    Go back to the Project Center and select the project plan you want to edit, the newly created PDP should now appear on the left hand navigation, click on Edit and voila! image

    This procedure also demonstrates the power and flexibility of the new Project Detailed Page infrastructure combined with Enterprise Project Type!

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    Latest Microsoft Project Server 2007 Books

    18 months ago I wrote this post: Microsoft Project Server 2007 Books,  please find an official TechNet site with the latest inventory of Project Server 2007 books as well as books of other Office products: Office IT Pro Bookstore


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    Business Intelligence and Microsoft Project Server 2010

    Timely subject with the following resources recently released on the topic; check out the following to learn more about it:

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    Microsoft Project 2010 webcasts in January

    Quick reminder that the following Project 2010 webcasts will be delivered by Project MVPs this month, starting tomorrow (audiences are end user, IT Professionals and Developers).  To view all EPM recorded webcasts/podcasts go to the following: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/epm.aspx


    Tittle Date/Time Description Presenter
    Project Server 2010 Project and Portfolio Management Reporting Wednesday, January 06, 2010 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) In this webcast, we provide insight on how you can take advantage of the great reporting features in Microsoft Office Project Server 2010 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010. By using Excel Services, Project Server delivers a suite of pre-defined reports out of the box. During the presentation we: · outline how users are able to generate their own reports and report templates. · give an overview on how to manage projects and portfolio dashboards by creating key performance indicator (KPI) reports using PerformancePoint Services. · show how organizations can visualize their project and portfolio management process by generating and integrating a dynamic visual report using Visio Services. · provide an overview of all new reporting features that Project Server 2010 has to offer. Marc Soester, Managing Director, iPMO
    Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop: Tips and Tricks Tuesday, January 19, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) In this webcast, we focus on using some of the new features in Microsoft Project 2010 that help you to build effective schedules quickly. Topics we cover include outlining, building schedules, and making resource assignments. Jack Dahlgren, Consultant, Microsoft Project MVP, P-Cubed
    Microsoft Project 2010 Portfolio Analysis Thursday, January 21, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) In this webcast, we discuss the purpose of portfolio management, detail the portfolio management process according to Project Management Institute (PMI) standards, and explain the benefits of portfolio management and the challenges for the senior management. Discover portfolio management–related concepts and techniques, such as pair-wise comparison, prioritization matrix, and efficient frontier, and understand the benefits of these techniques in project prioritization, portfolio balancing, and optimization. Using Microsoft Project 2010 and applying the portfolio management techniques, we demonstrate typical portfolio management process scenarios. Hilde Corbu, Managing Partner, Trilex
    User-Controlled Scheduling in Microsoft Project 2010 Monday, January 25, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) There are situations when user-controlled scheduling offers an advantage, and there are times when you should turn off user-controlled scheduling. In this webcast, we demonstrate user-controlled scheduling in Microsoft Project 2010 to illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of user-controlled scheduling.   Ben Howard, Lead Consultant, ApplePark, Ltd.
    Microsoft Office Project 2010 Enhanced Project Management Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Discover how you can do more, better, faster, and cost effectively, by taking advantage of the new features in Microsoft Office Project 2010. In this webcast, we discuss how advanced new features in Project 2010 help you to better manage, control, and progress dynamic project schedules with amazing ease and simplicity. Learn how confusion between buttons and toolbars is eliminated in Project 2010 thanks to the Ribbon feature, which adds value and simplicity while greatly expanding customizability. Other Project 2010 topics we cover include: · Core time-saving functional changes. · Converting Microsoft Office Excel super users with top-down and open-ended planning. · Modeling custom lists while retaining planning history with inactive tasks. · New methods for forecasting with additional scheduling engine features. Tim Runcie, President, Advisicon

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    Happy New Microsoft Project 2010 Year

    Since it’s that time of the year, I received this great email from a Brazilian partner: Prosperi using Microsoft Project Professional 2010 due out soon! Original use of the new timeline capability of the product.

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