There is a vast number projects being managed in the world and many Project Managers may not be aware of how they could use Project to help them manage these projects. Templates are a way to help Project Managers get started with Project. The goal of the templates is to give you an idea of how you may want to structure your project. Each template suggests milestones, dependencies, and generic resources to give you a starting point. Obviously, you may change the proposed work breakdown structure to fit your needs.
In Project 2007, we have added about 25 new templates to cover additional project scenarios. To give you an idea, these are some of the new templates that will available in Project 2007:
These templates are well structured to help you understand what tasks can occur concurrently and see what the critical path of the project is. We have also made sure that the generic resources match a skill that will help you define what type of resources you will need for the project. In addition, we added a number of notes to tasks to help you understand why a that task is needed or important related information.
Here is a sneak peak at the Vendor RFP Solution template:
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Note that the durations for all tasks are marked as estimates (have a question mark). We did not attempt to estimate task durations as they will widely vary for each project.
If anyone has template suggestions, it would be great to hear (though new ideas would not likely make it into Project 2007).
Will Project 2007 accomodate critical chain program management methodology?
There is a template that I'm very interested in - Finance and Accounting System Implementation. Is there any way that I can get this converted to Project 2003 version.
Any help very much appreciated.
The new templates sound great but will you have more examples for using formulas to customise fields in Project 2007? As a novice programmer I am really struggling with the syntax and I can find few examples to work from. The project help files which are often very good seem to be very sketchy in this area. I specifically want to create a custom start field to display start time in another time zone eg start1 = start-3hrs - Is there anywhere I can find out how to do this?
The new templates sound good, however, until we get our templates to where we want them, I would like to know if it makes any sense to insert an existing project into a newly designed template. There are not a ton of differences between the two, but I am curious to see if anyone else has done this. Thanks
Also, what are the correct steps to insert/import an existing project plan into a new template?
MS Project Professional 2007
MS Project Server 2007
Maybe the same question as Lily:
How do you load an enterprise template into an existing project in MS Project Professional 2007, MS Project Server 2007?
To do this, open Project connected to the server you want to add the template to. Open the project you want to upload as a template. Go to File - Save As. In the Type dropdown, select Template. The file will now be saved as a template.
Users will then be able to create a file from this template by going to New on the File dropdown.
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