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November, 2011

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    Impress the family: Make Thanksgiving Day a success with Project 2010


    Brian Kennemer over at Deltabahn, a Microsoft Partner specializing in Project Server deployment consulting, recently updated his Thanksgiving dinner project plan and we wanted to share it with you all. You can download the .mpp file here. This is just a guide, but a great example of how flexible the tool can be and how it can be used to improve everyday activities. If you don't already have a copy of Project 2010 be sure to download the trial here, give it a try, and tell us what you think! And you can learn more about the US holiday on Wikipedia.

    Start with the Resource Sheet view in Project 2010. You may want to track your cooking tools and supplies along with the overall budget. Here's a generic view where "Helper 1" could be your partner, a friend, or even one of the kids.

    Inactive Tasks is a great way to think about the unexpected and plan for surprises. Maybe your brother/sister decides to bring a +1 or the kids invite their friends from college.

    Notes in Task Information is a great place to keep all your important information in one place. Copy over your planning notes from OneNote and add comments on what to do differently next year.

    Special thanks to Brian ( for sharing his Project plan with us. Whether you're a seasoned Thanksgiving veteran or hosting Thanksgiving dinner with the family for the first time, a well crafted project plan can help you minimize the stress of organizing such an important event. You can use Project to plan larger scale catering events, festivals, or even a wedding. Unfortunately, you may be on your own with the in-laws. Microsoft Project can only do so much.

    We encourage you to share your Thanksgiving plans and experiences with us in the comments. And, if you have other ideas on what we should plan with Project or a template of your own, please share as well. You can "Like" us on Facebook and share your thoughts there, too. Check out an earlier post by Heather on where to find great templates for Project. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us on the Microsoft Project team to you!

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    PCU3ED, TPG and UMT –Three Project Conference 2012 Premier Sponsors


    Microsoft Project Conference 2012

    Today – we launched the Sponsors & Exhibitors portal for the Microsoft Project Conference 2012 (#PC12). Microsoft Project Conference 2012 is the premiere Microsoft-led event to showcase Project and Portfolio Management best practices and connect with your peers from around the globe - the registration is open now!

    We are proud to introduce three Premier sponsors for the conference – PCU3EDTPG and UMT. These top level sponsors are all Microsoft Gold Partners, trusted advisors and leaders in the world-wide Microsoft Project community. Here they share their thoughts and plans for the conference:

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    PCU3ED are proud to be selected as the platinum sponsor of the Microsoft Project Conference in 2012. PCU3ED is the preeminent, global leader dedicated to Project and Program Management (PPM) delivery and measurement.  From 16 local offices, PCU3ED builds long term relationships with customers by providing the best available mix of project management practices integrated with leading technologies, such as Microsoft Project Server® to ensure programs and projects are delivered on time and within budget. With a vast portfolio of experience and data gained from over three thousand (3,000) successful engagements, Pcubed practitioners provide the heavy lifting to ensure critical work gets done.

    Adrian Balfour – PCU3ED Chairman

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    After an extremely positive experience of being the platinum sponsor at the Project Conference in 2009 there is no question that we will go for it again! This event is by far the most excellent forum for project and portfolio management based on Microsoft technologies. It attracts customers and partners from all over the globe and provides a unique learning and networking opportunity for everyone in this ecosystem. TPG is a global company with a worldwide partner network and a broad portfolio of products and services. Sponsoring this event is absolutely important to us in order to meet customers and partners and create joint opportunities. We are very pleased about our upcoming sponsoring commitment and look forward to see this tremendous outcome happening again.

    Stavros Georgantzis - TPG Global CEO

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    The opportunity to connect with Microsoft Project customers and partners from around the world makes the Project Conference a premier event for UMT. Our experience as a solution provider developing Project Financial Server 2010 and Workflow Developer working with many partners globally and our experience as a service provider integrating state of the art MS solutions at the enterprise level with key customers have highlighted the importance of interacting with both customers and partners at this key event. It’s a powerful forum that generates a proven return-on-investment for UMT through reinforcing brand awareness, driving new business and onboarding global Project partners to deploy our software solutions as well as a fantastic learning environment. We are delighted to be a Platinum Sponsor at this important event.

    Gil Makleff – UMT CEO

    Are you a Microsoft Project Partner?

    Looking for sponsoring or exhibiting opportunities? We have designed wide portfolio of options that fit your business needs and deliver remarkable value for your investment! Please send us your enquiry for more details to

    Are you a Microsoft Project User?

    Excited to learn about Project and Portfolio Management and connect with your peers from around the globe? Explore more details at and register today!

    Looking forward to see you all in Phoenix! In the meantime you can Search for Project and Portfolio Management Partners, Project 2010 Solutions and Project 2010 Trainings!

    Jan Kalis

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