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May, 2011

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    Project 2010 SP1 – Enhancements to Sync to SharePoint Task List

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    Back in October of 2009, we introduced you to a new feature in Project Professional 2010 that allows you to synchronize tasks from a project file with a SharePoint task list called Sync to SharePoint (see the original post for details). One of the caveats of the feature was that you were limited to sync’ing manually scheduled tasks. Based on your feedback, we enabled synchronization of automatically scheduled tasks in Project 2010 SP1!

    Let’s see how this works. Here’s the initial task list:

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    When you sync it to SharePoint you get the following. The tasks look manually scheduled here since essentially they are because SharePoint doesn’t have a scheduling engine like Project does.

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    So if you update Task1 to be on Thursday instead of Wednesday, the other tasks won’t move out in SharePoint even though they are linked:

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    But once you sync the task list back into the Project client, the schedule will get updated as one would expect:

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    If you aren’t familiar with manually scheduled tasks versus automatically scheduled tasks, see this post. You can learn more about Project 2010 SP1 here.

    Thanks again for sending all the feedback and we hope that this update helps improve your SharePoint Sync’ing experience.

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    Announcing Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project & Project Server 2010

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    Today, the Office Division announced additional details of the upcoming Service Pack 1 (SP1) here. Service Pack 1 is on track for release at the end of June 2011. It will be available for all of the Office 2010 applications, including Microsoft Project Standard 2010, Microsoft Project Professional 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010.

    It was about a year ago that we announced that Project 2010 had launched. A number of customers jumped right onto Project 2010 and have shared their experiences here. Since the release we’ve received tons of feedback on everyone’s experiences with Project 2010 through a variety of channels – events, this blog, forums, etc. To everyone who provided positive feedback, that’s great. We’re really excited that you are enjoying 2010 and that it is making you and your company more productive. To those of you who provided more constructive feedback, a big thanks to you. This feedback really helps us to improve the product and we funneled a number of your requests into SP1.

    In total, we fixed over 200 issues in SP1 for Project and Project Server. Additionally SP1 is a rollup of all the fixes we’ve previously shipped meaning it contains all of the cumulative updates that have been released to date. I’d like to highlight four of the bigger fixes we made that have all been highly requested by you. In the coming days, we will post additional details on each of these.

    Additionally, join us on July 6th for a webcast that covers SP1. We’ll be posting additional information about this on our webcast channel.

    And as always, for more information on Project visit www.microsoft.com/project

    Ludo.

    Ludovic Hauduc – General Manager – Microsoft Project Business Unit

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    Announcing SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010

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    I am excited to announce the release of SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010 produced by Jornata. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides a vast number of capabilities that empower both business users and IT to create solutions quickly. For this reason, many organizations consider implementing SharePoint as a central platform to address a wide array of business solutions. For those organizations, it is likely that they will need a good way to track, manage, and prioritize those business requests. The SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010 provides a framework and guidance for managing SharePoint business requests and includes two white papers and a sample dataset.

    This no-code solution includes:

    • Business Decision Maker/Technical Decision Maker white paper containing a business evaluation of how Microsoft Project Server 2010 can be employed to help manage your SharePoint Lifecycle through enhancement requests and project proposals.
    • Technical white paper contains step-by-step instructions on how to install and customize the SharePoint Lifecycle Management solution, along with basic instructions on how to use it.
    • Project Server 2010 sample databases and templates that can be used to illustrate concepts. The sample dataset requires a farm that has a working installation of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 with Project Server 2010 fully configured (please refer to Project Server 2010 Tech Center); and the Dynamic Workflow and Workflow Visualization web part solutions from Microsoft Project 2010 Solution Starters.

    For an overview of the solution, please watch this recent recording from Tech.Ed last week: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2011/OSP202

    SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010

    Last but not least do not forget to check out other existing white papers on Microsoft Project Portfolio Management offering on our Project site at http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/articles-white-papers.aspx

    Christophe Fiessinger
    Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Project
    http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie

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    Project 2010 SP1 – Multi-Browser Support

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    As I mentioned on Monday in this post, with SP1 the team member pages are now supported on Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. This means team members can now view the tasks they are assigned to and submit status and timesheets all through their preferred browser. Why the team member pages first? We heard from you that there was the most need for this and that the team member role is the most prevalent. Team members are defined as people who work on the project’s tasks.

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    Supported Environments:

    • Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit) on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 2008
    • Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit) on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 2008
    • Internet Explorer 7 (32-bit) on Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2003
    • Firefox 3.6.8+ on Mac OS X v10.6, Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, Windows 2003 and UNIX/Linux,
    • Google Chrome 6.0 on Windows 7
    • Safari 5 on Mac OS X v10.6

    Supported Pages:

    • Project Web App (PWA) main default page (default.aspx)
    • All pages in the “My Work” section in the quick launch which includes
      • Tasks
      • Timesheet
      • Issues and Risks

    For the remainder of the pages in PWA such as Project Center and Portfolio Analysis, you still need Internet Explorer 7 and up. If you are on a Macintosh-based computer, see this article for how to access the remainder of the pages and the Project client.

    And here’s the proof – Firefox:

     

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    Safari:

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    Chrome on Mac OS (Chrome on Windows 7 is featured above)

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    Project 2010 SP1 – Improvements to Project Scheduling in Project Web App

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    In Project 2010, we added the ability to create and edit project plans through Project Web App (blog post). One of the limitations though was that the only way to edit projects that contained Fixed Work or Effort Driven tasks was to use Project Professional 2010. We knew this was a shortcoming when we shipped and from the feedback we’ve received, we know this shortcoming puzzled many of you.

    Let me explain, essentially as we were getting late into Project 2010 development we realized that we weren’t able to stabilize editing projects that contained those kinds of tasks in the web environment. Rather than risk project plans getting corrupted, we chose to block the functionality and then stabilize it for SP1.

    I’m happy to announce that with Project 2010 SP1 you can now edit project plans containing Fixed Work tasks and Effort Driven tasks in Project Web App.

    Before SP1:

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    After SP1:

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    And proof that I can actually edit the plan:

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    You can learn more about task types and effort driven tasks here.

    You can learn more about SP1 here.

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    Microsoft Project for the masses

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    I am excited to announce the release of Microsoft Project for the masses, A Simplified, Scenario Driven Approach produced by Innovative-e.  Microsoft Project for the masses is a whitepaper with associated artifacts (videos, templates and discussion forum) that clearly shows how Microsoft SharePoint, Project Professional, and Project Server can be utilized to solve a particular business problem scenario without the need for intensive efforts to custom configure a project management solution. The scenario is focused around mid-sized organizations (approximately 50-100 people) with complex resource and schedule management challenges but without formal project management processes, training, and tools. The intent of this initiative is to show how an organization can get up and running to solve a particular set of problems in the quickest manner possible. This is not intended to be a Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) ‘best practices’ guide. Rather, it is a practical approach to get quick wins for both management and all stakeholders. In this interactive whitepaper, you will learn how to deliver:

    • Highly transparent visibility into project schedules and resource loading
    • Portfolio view of all projects
    • Improved Resource/Staff Forecasting

    Overview
    Even with all the great technologies available to them today, many organizations struggle with some of the most important aspects of project and work management.  Recent surveys show that the most widely used technology tools for managing projects continue to be email, Word, and Excel.   Meanwhile, collaboration and project management tools including MS SharePoint, Project, and Project Server are being broadly implemented among large enterprise project management offices and also increasingly by smaller organizations and enterprise departments. 

    One challenge often faced by organizations large and small when trying to adopt these technologies is the proper mix of process, technology, and people skills.  Some enterprises have the resources (i.e. budget) to define their custom processes, configure the technology accordingly, and develop training plans for the people who will use these systems.  However, many others may lack funding or a depth of expertise to build these custom project management systems and have dedicated resources (i.e. Project and Program Managers) to operate them.

    Arguably the vast majority of people who manage projects and work do so as part of their other responsibilities.  Perhaps they are a manager in an IT organization, so in addition to product and people duties, they also have to wear the hat of project manager for their area of responsibility.  The terms ‘Casual Project Manager’ or ‘Accidental Project Manager’ are often used to describe this type of role.  That said; there is nothing ‘casual’ about their accountability for project(s) success. 

    When modeling complex enterprise process(es) that may benefit from automation, the variables studied must be well-defined and somewhat limited in scope with clear boundaries.  To do this for the purposes of this paper, we have created a scenario that is specific to a particular type of situation and need. 

    This scenario starts in late in the Demand Management phase and ends early in the Performance Management phase.  It does not require that a formal request process be included for implementation, but such a process is likely to become an addition once the planning process is fully implemented.  Typically, organizations will want to complete the Collaboration and Performance Management phases before they formalize the automation of the request portion of the Demand Management phase.   While there are aspects of Portfolio Management, this scenario does not include sufficient information to make strategic decisions at a total business level.

    At the conclusion of this paper you will be able implement a basic Project Management Information System (PMIS) that provides components of Demand Management, Capacity Planning, Resource Management, Project Scheduling, Team Collaboration, and Portfolio Reporting using Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise 2010, Microsoft Project Professional 2010, and Microsoft Project Server 2010.   The scenario is designed for organizations that are looking to consolidate all of their Project Planning activity into a single system using standardized tools and methods.  The completion of this activity should position the organization to expand to Collaboration and/or Performance Management. However, it may not be necessary or desirable to move to these next stages.  So, the proposed scenario can stand alone.

    Audience

    • Organizations that are moving from ad hoc project & work management processes toward the desire to view all projects in relationship to each other.  Existing tools might include:
      • Email
      • Spreadsheets
      • Time tracking (usually web based and sometimes tied to HR system)
      • File Share or possibly SharePoint for artifact management
    • Business or technical organizations that have multiple projects/programs utilizing the same resources.
    • Organizations who execute projects as their core business model

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    Please check out Innovative-e’s site Microsoft Project For The Masses Community for additional information.

    Last but not least do not forget to check out other existing white papers on Microsoft Project Portfolio Management offering on our Project site at http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/articles-white-papers.aspx

    Christophe Fiessinger
    Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Project
    http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie

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    Project 2010 SP1 – Timephased Support for Manually Scheduled Tasks

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    In Project 2010 we introduced a new concept called “User-Controlled Scheduling” which is a collection of features designed to give you more control over how tasks are scheduled. Project’s powerful scheduling engine is still there if you want to use it but you also have the flexibility to override it. Click here for the original post.

    One of the key features in User-Controlled Scheduling is manually scheduled tasks. These tasks, just as the name implies, are not affected by the scheduling engine and they will only move if you manually update them. This gives you more control over your schedule but one of the areas you didn’t have control was editing timephased data for them. For example, you couldn’t edit work values in the Task Usage view or report timephased data in task statusing for manually scheduled tasks.

    Based on your feedback, with Project 2010 SP1 you can now edit timephased data for manually scheduled tasks on the Project Client and Project Server.

    Prior to SP1, the circled areas are read-only for manually scheduled tasks:

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    With SP1, you can now edit the timephased values for Manually Scheduled tasks just like you can for Auto Scheduled tasks. This is being demonstrated in the My Work view on Project Server and Task Usage view in the Project client:

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    Key Takeaways:

    Project Server – If you are using timephased tracking (Hours of work done per period) in My Work or Single Entry Mode (a setting on Timesheets), all tasks can be tracked this way, not just auto scheduled tasks.

    Project Client – You can edit work contours for all tasks now.

    You can learn more about Project 2010 SP1 here.

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    Stunning training and learning resources for Project 2010!

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    Whether you are advanced or a novice user or in the process of considering Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop or Project Server 2010 you might find library of Training and Learning resources very helpful to maximize your pleasure from using Project 2010.

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    Train & Learn Library allows you to pivot and filter through extensive collection of resources from Instructor Led and On Demand Trainings to Books from our trusted Project partners. We are also highlighting content that has been certified to meet the requirements for official Microsoft Exams – 70-177 – Configuring Project Server 2010 and 70-178 – Managing Projects with Project 2010.

    Q&A

    Q: I’m a training provider and I would like to submit my content into this library. What shall I do?
    A: Please use this Submission form and after our review it will appear in the list! Please do pay attention to Submission Guidelines before submitting.

    Q: I’m interested in a Quick Technical training for Project 2010, is there any?
    A: Yes – we have a very popular Quick Start 2010 Training available for free on demand or for download.

    Q: I’m looking for Technical IT-professional related information. What is the best resource?
    A: The best place to start is Project Server TechCenter on TechNet  that has extensive list of articles and whitepapers but also dedicated resource centers for Business Intelligence, Demand Management, Upgrade and Migration – that were announced here. Consider subscribing to the Project Admin Blog to stay up-to date.

    Q: Developers! Developers! Developers! Anything for us?
    A: Certainly – Project 2010 Developer Center on MSDN hosts comprehensive Software Development Kit and other resources, like Developer Curriculum that will point you to further resources. Also by subscribing to Project Programmability Blog you will stay up-to date!

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    New Time and Task Management Resource Center on TechNet

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    A new Time and Task Management resource center has been added on TechNet! This resource center provides links to articles, training, videos, and downloads that focus on time and task management using Project Server 2010. If you're looking for information on setting up or using timesheets and task progress tracking in Project Web App, the Time and Task Management resource center is a great starting point.

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    The following resource centers are also available on TechNet:

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