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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Session Recordings Are Live!

    Today we're excited to share all session recordings from Project Conference 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona with the greater Project community. Over 1250 people from 44 countries made the trip--75% for the very first time. The week featured 94 handpicked sessions with 20 delivered by customers eager to share...
  • Blog Post: Actual Work Best Practices Documentation Now Available

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Call for Content Now Open

    Microsoft Project Conference 2012 is the premiere Microsoft-led event to share Project and Portfolio Management best practices and connect with your peers from around the globe. Project Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on March 19 - 22, 2012. Do you have best practices you would like to share...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Work offline from Project Server

    There are a number of reasons why you might want to work offline from Project Server. One, you might want to work on a project while flying across the country (but don’t take your eyes off the instrument panel). Two, the network you are using goes down unexpectedly while you’re are in the middle of managing...
  • Blog Post: Wrangling with the Timeline

    The new Timeline in Project 2010 has become an very popular way to present Project information quickly and attractively. Problem is, you can get a little carried away putting all your tasks on the Timeline, and then have trouble selecting only a few tasks to copy into another program, like PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Out with the old menus and in with the new ribbon

    Can’t find your favorite Project 2007 menu commands on the new ribbon for Project 2010? Now you have a clever tool that maps the old menus with the new look. Click here , and then click the Project Guide. An interactive guide will start that displays Project 2007. Choose a command on any of the menus...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Deleting summary tasks

    One nice thing about summary tasks is that changes to them get reflected (or “rolled down”) to their subtasks. This is fine if you want to move summary tasks around, because all the subtasks move with them. But if you want to delete a summary task, then all the subtasks (and any subtasks under those...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: See work at a glance with the Calendar View

    Whether chiseled onto ancient stone walls, or hung from your kitchen wall, calendars are often the preferred way to view the progress of events, tasks, and even entire projects. So, too, with the Calendar view in Project 2007 and Project 2010. If you need project information presented in an attractive...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Changing Constraints Back to Normal

    Now you’ve done it. You created a number of tasks in Project 2007 using start dates that you entered manually. Or maybe someone handed you a schedule with many “Must Start On” constraints applied to tasks. Unless you have a good reason to use non-default constraints or manually entered dates on tasks...
  • Blog Post: Buffer, downtime, and productivity

    Maybe it’s because I’ve been swamped this week while the sun’s been shining here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but I’ve been doing some thinking about buffer, downtime, and productivity. I don’t think it’s a secret that projects have a tendency to come in late sometimes. Things come up, bad stuff...
  • Blog Post: Social networking as a tool for managing projects?

    So here’s how my day typically goes. Wake up, get the kid breakfast, check email, check Facebook, eat some cereal, check Twitter, do some work, check Twitter again, do some more work, check Facebook, back to work…you get the point. Some people might look at this pattern and say, “Hey lady, get to work...
  • Blog Post: EPM 2007 Timesheets with Project Actual Remaining Work

    Hello - Dave Ducolon here.  I have blogged here before and am back to talk to you about the ability to capture actual remaining work in a timesheet and have that recorded in the project task to which you are assigned.  This was a very popular user request and we were able to offer this functionality...
  • Blog Post: VIDEO: Review of Project 2007 Task Settings and Display Administrative Options

    This is the beginning of a video series targeted to Project Server Administrators. These are being done by the Program Managers who own the features and are designed to give you some insight into the what and why of the administrative options. Consequently, these are NOT professionally produced. Note...
  • Blog Post: Project Server TechNet - New Column "From the Trenches"

    Deployment issues? We have a new series on TechNet that may be able to help you out. We will have a new column every other month providing experiences and lessons learned from a real world deployment. The link is http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/projectserver/default.aspx The series is featured...
  • Blog Post: RACI charts and Project

    RACI charts are a convenient tool in the initial planning process for a project, helping to identify the parties that are Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed (RACI) throughout the project. To fill out a RACI chart, first you need to determine the functions, decisions, and/or activities...
  • Blog Post: New to Project? Try the Project Management Quick Reference Guide

    It can sometimes be a challenge for new users to find their way through Microsoft Project on their way to becoming project managers. The Project team has just produced another Help product that will help you understand Microsoft Project- The Project Management Quick Reference Guide . This template can...
  • Blog Post: Group By, It's Great!

    We have something called SQM data that tells us how many clicks each feature in Project gets and in my opinion Group By is one of the most underused features in Project. It only gets .1% of all clicks and is one of the most powerful features in Project (think you know the top 5 features, check the end...
  • Blog Post: Using a Consolidated Project for What-If Analysis

    This post is based on a technique presented in an Ed Hanna e-mail and is augmented with items that we are using internally to manage our own efforts. This technique can work, to a certain extent, in Project Server 2003 and will definitely work in Project Server 2007. There are times where you need...
  • Blog Post: Downloadable Books Now Available

    The downloadable books that correspond to content in the technical libraries on the Web have been updated for March! Office Resource Kit - http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/214a899c-acdf-46a2-a089-7452e674f9dd1033.mspx Office SharePoint Server - http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office...
  • Blog Post: Resource Plans Explained.... I Hope :-)

    Hi, It has been a long time since my last post. Sorry for the long delay and I will try to fix this with more frequent post in the future. OK so let’s get to the topic of the day: “Resource Plans, what are they and how should you use them”. Resource Plans were developed in response to a number of...
  • Blog Post: “Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft® Office System” has Shipped!

    The Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System Best Practices Analyzer programmatically collects settings and values from data repositories such as MS SQL, registry, metabase and performance monitor. Once collected, a set of comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Can I get access to your team site?

    After discussing this situation with Eric Zenz, I found out we made a change in the 2007 release that makes it easier to manage who has access to your project's team site. In 2003, you had to be on a project's team and assigned to a task to get access to a project's team site. So, everyone wound up...
  • Blog Post: Material Resource Usage Illustrated

    Dr. Ed Hanna , one of our most senior field people for EPM recently posted a great example of using material resources using Project Server. So, I'm taking Ed's e-mail and converting into this post. I hope you find this very useful. Here's an example of how you might use Project to track the pouring...
  • Blog Post: Please Send Us Error Reports

    Before I came to Microsoft, I always cancelled the "Send error reporting to Microsoft". I didn't know what was being captured or how it was being used. Brief feelings of being spied upon would come over me. So, my choice was always to cancel. Now that I work for Microsoft, I wanted to pass on the two...
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