Dieter's ProjBlog

This blog contains my personal thoughts and opinions about project management and the next release of the greatest project management tool on earth, Microsoft Project 12.

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    Q + A

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    I took a quick pass through comments on the blog this morning. Until Beta 1, I am going to focus on responding to platform/infrastructure questions and steer clear of feature questions. Is the PSI backward compatible? Will code written against the...
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    Built on WSS

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    When we began P12, we started with thinking how we could improve performance and scalability, move Project Server extensibility to a "standard" Microsoft toolset, and take some of the complexity out of configuring Project Server farms. After about 6 months...
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    Tuesday Project Conference Wrap-Up

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    The Grand Ballroom at the Westin was PACKED for Mike's keynote this morning at The Project Conference. I am not sure how we are going to fit more people for SteveB's keynote on Thursday. Mike showed off the work in Project Pro on the local (aka active...
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    Project Cache

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    Beta 1 kept us quite busy last week so it ended up being a slow blog week. With the weather back to normal in Seattle (cloudy, wet, cool) and Beta 1 almost ready, I have a bit of time to talk about one of the biggest changes in P12 = the Project Cache...
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    New P12 Blog

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    As some of you may know, I have moved onto a new position within Microsoft (over in the Mobile Devices group). I have had a great 6 years working on Project and am excited to see P12 on its way to being delivered to market. Go to: http://blogs.msdn...
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    Reporting

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    Project 12 expands the range of, reports supported on Project Server ... and greatly simplifies the process of building reports on Project Server. Let's start with Project Server 12's database architecture. Project Server 12 has four databases: Working...
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    Server Side Scheduling

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    As we begin each product cycle, we take a look at customer feedback from users of the prior version + folks in our Beta program. With Project 2002 and 2003, customers were fairly unanimous in wanting to eliminate the "round-tripping" of actuals through...
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    Favorite Response to Project Confernce Demo

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    I thought that this was a funny story about the Project Conference. During Tuesday's keynote by our GM, Mike showed off multi-level undo in Project. Our VP was sitting in the audience and heard the person next to him gasp and say "Oh My God ..." The...
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    Project Conference Follow-Up + Hidden Gems

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    After a couple of weeks of rest, I wanted to give my impressions of the Project Conference and P12. It was great to see the big crowd and interest in Project. You could get a real sense for the number of attendees in the keynotes (over 1500) ... but otherwise...
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    Demos On My Mind

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    I am back up for air! I just spent the past 7 days and about 100 hours (yes, it was an insane week) pulling together a demo for the P12 Airlift. The Airlift is an event for folks participating in our Technical Adoption Program for P12. You can consider...
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    Events

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    A nearly universal element of EPM (enterprise project management) deployments is the implementation of custom business processes. Each organization has their own methodology for proposing projects, asking for resources to fund or staff a project, taking...
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    Beta 1

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    We are hard at work finishing up Beta 1. Beta 1 is a closed, by invitation only "technical" beta. I am feeling reasonably good about the Beta. I would like to take another 4+ weeks to fix bugs. But it is important to get feedback on the feature set as...
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    Server-Side Custom Fields

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    With Project Server 12, we really wanted to expand the range of our reporting functionality. A key strength of the Project EPM Solution is the ability to define key fields for projects, resources, tasks, or assignments and then enforce use of those fields...
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    Tuesday Project Conference Best Bets

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    Tuesday is an overview day. We wanted to help folks get a high-level understanding of the scope of improvements in P12. It is a massive release. Here are a few recommendations re sessions at Tuesday's Project Conference: - Mike Anguilo KeyNote ...
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    Countdown to Project Conference

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    We are just a bit more than 12 hours away from the start of the Project Conference. This is definitely the coming out party for Project 12 ... though this year's conference also includes some great Project 2003 sessions and a number of sessions focused...
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    Project Server Interface +

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    With P12, we wanted to dramatically improve the extensibility of Project Server. We have found that a bit over 50% of our Project 2002/2003 customers customize Project Server. This can range from integrating with LOB or G/L systems to tightly integrating...
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    MVP Link

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    Quick fyi: I added a link to ProjBlog for the Project MVP site. The MVPs (Most Valuable Professional) are experts on all things Proj. We typically meet with the Proj MVPs at least once a year. They always have a LOT of ideas and suggestions ... and...
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    PDC 2005 Preview

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    We will be sending Phil Smail to the PDC next week to give an overview on the architecture and programmability features of Project Server 12. It should be a great talk. If you are at the PDC next week and interested in Proj, you should make time to see...
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    It's The Platform

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    From the beginning, P12 has been about the platform. As customers rolled out Project 2002 and then 2003, we saw where we needed to improve the communication between Project Pro, Project Server, and SQL Server. We were able to see the real concurrency...
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    Getting Started, Part Deux

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    Who am I? Why should you care? I am the Group Program Manager (aka GPM) for Microsoft Project. I have been working on the Proj team since early 2000. I led the team that designed the Project EPM Solution for Project 2002. I then moved up to managing...
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    Dates

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    I had a question posted by Derek about P12's schedule and availability. First, Project is on the Office 12 schedule. We don't ship until Office 12 ships. Beta 1 is scheduled for the end of this year. It is a closed beta = by invitation only. ...
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    Getting Started

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    Day 0. I will be posting regularly (at least once a week) to this blog from the Microsoft Professional Developer's Conference 2005 (week of 9/12) until at least the general availability of Office 12. The bulk of this blog will be on Project 12. I will...
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