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December, 2011

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    Visio 2010 Add-in for Microsoft Project WBS Modeler

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    Good news for all the Visio enthusiasts out there! Did you know that you could visualize, edit and even create a new project plan in Microsoft Office Visio 2010 (Professional or Premium) and then export it to Microsoft Project?

    Courtesy of the Visio product team, the Visio 2010 Add-in for WBS Modeler enables effective integration between Visio and Project by offering the ability to manage project elements in a graphical view, as well as capabilities to layout a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in Visio.

    The Modeling process in WBS Modeler offers a wide variety of options to manipulate the WBS data and layout. Custom ribbon elements enable intuitive import and export between Visio and Project. Sibling and Child tasks can be added to existing tasks at every level within the project plan. Shape data can be defined and assigned for every element within Visio and this data binding remains in place when exported to project.

    Download the add-in today and get more out of your Visio and Project investments.

    Microsoft Visio 2010 WBS Modeler

    Microsoft Visio 2010 WBS Modeler 

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    Actual Work Best Practices Documentation Now Available

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    One of the most important aspects of any Project Server implementation is the ability to accurately record and report on actual work values when they are submitted by resources. The desire to ensure that the integrity of actual work, or “actuals”, is maintained within Project Server is one of the most critical customer requests. When implementing a Project Server based solution for time tracking and progress reporting there are a lot of questions that come up like:

    • What’s the best way to have my resources report time for their assignments?
    • How do I make sure that the resource-reported value and the project plan stay in sync?
    • Where should I retrieve data from if I want to integrate Project Server with an external billing or ticket tracking system?

    Admittedly the breadth of configuration options available in Project Server can create some confusion and lead to solution configurations that are not optimal for the maintenance of actual work values. To help ease the process of recording and reporting on actual work we’ve created the Best practices for submitting and reporting on actual work (Project Server 2010) documentation. To give you a quick preview of what the document contains here are the primary tenets of best practices for actual work integrity:

    1. Use single entry mode
    2. Protect user updates with protected actuals
    3. Use submitted work from timesheets, instead of project plans, for timephased reporting
    4. Use administrative time categories to track non-project work

    You can find more details for each of these best practices in the linked document.

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    Microsoft Project Conference 2012: The Can't-Miss Conference of the Year!

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    Microsoft Project Conference 2012

    The Can't-Miss Conference of the Year
    With just 3.5 months before Microsoft Project Conference 2012, excitement over Microsoft Project Conference 2012 has been through the roof! Come celebrate the phenomenal momentum of Project 2010 with us at the conference. There will be a concentration of learning, networking, and growth opportunities you can't get anywhere else. Remember, Microsoft Project Conference doesn't happen every year (the last one was in 2009) so you definitely don't want to miss this. 

    We've got Over 100+ hours of Sessions!
    We received over 170 submissions (note: over 200 hours of great community content!)through our Call for Content. Here are some content highlights over the three tracks (Business Value & Insights, Product Sessions, and Deployment, Administration & Developer): 

    • 15 customer-led sessions (representing 6 verticals) where customers share personal success stories using Microsoft Project and Portfolio
      Management (PPM).
    • Project desktop best practices for scheduling, program management, Earned Value, and more.
    • Project Server best practices for Demand Management, Portfolio Analysis, Resource Management, Time Management, Business Intelligence, and more.
    • Key solutions overviews and case studies for Application
      Lifecycle Management, Innovation Process Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Dynamics AX integration, ERP integration, and more.
    • Technical best practices for IT Professionals and Developers.

    A full list of session titles and abstracts will be available in mid-December on the official conference website

    Get hands-on Project 2010 Training at the Conference
    Whether you are currently using or looking to invest in Project 2010, Microsoft Project Conference 2012 provides awesome computer-based and instructor-led training opportunities. On-site at the conference, you can begin your mastery of Project 2010 and make the most of your investment through:

    • Project Professional 2010 (Managing Projects 70-178) desktop training
    • Project Server 2010 (Configuring 70-177) computer-based training with your Project Conference 2012 registration (Hurry: limited seats are available for this hands-on training session.)
    • Instructor-led training sessions

    Fantastic Sponsor and Exhibitor Excitement
    The Sponsor and Exhibitor momentum has also been wonderful! We'd like to thank these partners for their support and continued dedication to Microsoft Project. Check out the list of sponsors and exhibitors. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, it's not too late! Contact ProjConf@microsoft.com for details.

    This is the event for You and the Project Community!
    Great content and a wealth of training are just some of the reasons for you to attend Microsoft Project Conference 2012. This is also the key event for the worldwide community to see, share, and evolve. With such richness of expertise and depth of knowledge in the community, you'll be able to discover ways to take your project management success to the next level.

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    Microsoft Project Conference 2012: Free Instructor-Led Training Sessions, More Customer Sessions and the Wednesday Evening Event

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    Free Instructor-Led Project 2010 Training Sessions for Conference Attendees
    We are excited to announce Instructor-led training sessions by our three validated training partners:

    Milestone Consulting Group
    Global leaders in providing Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) services, Milestone Consulting Group can help your organization gain visibility, insight and control across all work.  With the launch of Project 2010, Milestone expanded their training offerings to include Microsoft’s Certification exams, had them validated by a third party, and made them available through your local software training center.  Make plans now to attend Project Conference and deepen your knowledge on Project 2010 desktop and prepare yourself to take the Microsoft Project 70-178 exam.

    MSProjectExperts
    MSProjectExperts is a Microsoft Certified partner and the global leader in Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 training, courseware and reference books. MSProjectExperts maintains both the Gold Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management and Silver Microsoft Learning Systems competencies, a rare combination that certifies both its depth in Microsoft Project 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 and its ability to deliver quality training, eligible for Microsoft Software Assurance training benefits.

    The Versatile Company
    The Versatile Company provides expertise in project management, Microsoft Project and Project Server, delivering training, consulting and Project Server deployment. Company founder Eric Verzuh is recognized worldwide for his bestselling book, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, the fourth edition which was just released last December.  Sam Huffman, a Microsoft Project Most Valued Professional (MVP), will integrate proven best practices, industry standards, and hands-on learning to create high impact learning experiences.

    We've got Over 110+ hours of Sessions!
    We've added more content since our last blog post - more customer-led sessions! To recap, here are some content highlights over the three tracks (Business Value & Insights, Product Sessions, and Deployment, Administration & Developer):

    • 19 customer-led sessions (representing 10 industry verticals) where customers share personal success stories using Microsoft Project and Portfolio
      Management (PPM), and upgrading to the latest 2010 solutions from prior PPM versions and competitive solutions.
    • Project desktop best practices for scheduling, program management, Earned Value, and more.
    • Project Server best practices for Demand Management, Portfolio Analysis, Resource Management, Time Management, Business Intelligence, and more.
    • Key solutions overviews and case studies for Application
      Lifecycle Management, Innovation Process Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Dynamics AX integration, ERP integration, and more.
    • Technical best practices for IT Professionals and Developers.

    A full list of session titles and abstracts will be available in mid-January on the official conference website.

    Wednesday Event at the Arizona Science Center
    Spend an unforgettable evening at the Arizona Science Center!  Take a trip to the stars in the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium, soar high above the ground on the exhilarating Sky Cycle, climb your way to adventure on the Rock Wall, and immerse yourself in over 300 hands-on exhibits while nestled in the picturesque setting of Heritage and Science Park in historic downtown Phoenix.  Do your own star-gazing on any of the beautifully situated terraces as you sip handmade specialty cocktails and dine on an array of mouth-watering gourmet fare all while you explore the wonderful world of science! This will be a fantastic venue to connect with other Project Conference attendees!

     

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