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  • 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: Introducing Inactive Tasks in Project 2010

    Inactive Tasks is a powerful new feature in Microsoft Project 2010 Professional that allows you to cut tasks in your projects, while maintaining a record of these cut items. Inactive Tasks allows you to quickly and effectively: · Manage Scope: As project begins to go over budget or over schedule...
  • Blog Post: Assignment Units in Project 2010

    If you are an experienced project manager then it’s likely that you are familiar with the Assignment Units field. For those who aren’t, Assignment Units determines the rate at which a resource is assigned to work on a task. This field is set to 100% or the Resource’s Max Units (whichever is the lesser...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing Delegates

    In Microsoft® Office® Project Server 2007, the timesheet surrogate feature exists to allow one timesheet user to give the management of their timesheet to another user — send updates and so forth. This is great for timesheets, but there are many other parts of Project Web App where you may want to delegate...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Project Permissions

    Other Users Need Access to My Projects Consider this scenario. As a project manager you create your project and now you’re ready to let others collaborate with you and so you ask yourself “how do I let others get access to my project?” By default, users who are added as resources to the project or who...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Working with Text

    Project 2010 makes it easier to work with text in your project plan. In this post I’ll cover how: The “Add New Column” interface allows you to easily add and insert columns Autocomplete saves you time and keystrokes when entering text data Text wrapping lets you see all the relevant details without having...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing Millions of Colors

    While Shakespeare said “Truth needs no colour”, we decided this wasn’t true for Project 2010. With Project 2010, no longer are you limited to 16 colors. We now support 32-bit color which simply put means you have millions of colors to choose between. How many million you ask – 16,777,216 colors. The...
  • Blog Post: Task Statusing and the new Grid

    A few weeks back Patrick Conlan posted an overview of some of the Time Tracking investment areas for Project Server 2010 . Today we are going to drill in on one such investment area, namely the Statusing feature area. This screenshots used for this example are taken from a post-Beta Build of Project...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Copy and Paste

    In this post I’ll cover improvements to an everyday command in Project: copying and pasting data. Though paste likes to keep a low profile, in fact it’s the fourth most commonly used feature in Project. And while Project and Project Server offer many advanced reporting features, a very common form of...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing the Backstage view

    Hi, it’s Jon K again . In this post, I’ll introduce Project 2010’s new Backstage view. The Backstage view is the new experience seen when you click on the File tab in Project 2010. While the other ribbon tabs focus on things you do in your project (add tasks, edit resources, change formatting), the Backstage...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing Exchange Integration

    Exchange Integration provides the ability for team members on a project to view, update, delete and report status on their published tasks in Outlook, Outlook Web Access (OWA) or any other application that is capable of syncing tasks from Exchange Server. This functionality replaces the Project 2007...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing AutoFilter

    In Project 2010, we made a big update to AutoFilter in the client. Now from the column header you can sort, filter on, and group by the field. Essentially there are four zones: Sorting : Depending on the type of field, you can sort alphabetically, numerically, or chronologically. Group By : You can select...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing Demand Management

    Demand Management is about capturing all work proposals in one single place, taking these proposals through a multi-stage governance process, making decisions on which proposals to approve and tracking progress on their execution until the work is completed. A key component within Demand Management is...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing Portfolio Analysis

    In Project Server 2010, a rich set of new Portfolio Strategy features are now available in the core Project Server product serving to more closely unify project and portfolio management. Those familiar with Portfolio Server 2007 will recognize many of these features, but will appreciate the enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing Web Based Project Editing

    Have you ever wanted to make edits to a project plan far away from your desktop installation of Project? Perhaps you were in a meeting and pulled up Project Web Access to show project status but hoped to capture updates directly in PWA as the meeting progressed. Maybe you have multiple stakeholders on...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing User-Controlled Scheduling

    In Project 2010, we have introduced a new concept called "User-Controlled Scheduling". It's a collection of features designed to make Project a more flexible planning and schedule management tool. The idea is that you, as the project manager, can have complete control over when a task should...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing Sync to SharePoint

    Hi everyone, I’m Roberto Reif and today I am excited to introduce a new feature that has been added to Project Professional 2010, the ability to: synchronize a tasks list between Project and SharePoint!!! A Project Manager (PM) can use all the advanced scheduling capabilities that exist in...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing the Team Planner

    Hello--I’m Jon Kaufthal, Program Manager on the Project team. A key focus of mine for our upcoming Project Professional 2010 release is the new Team Planner , and I’m excited to introduce you to Team Planner today. The main idea behind Team Planner is combining the power of the Gantt chart with the...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing the Timeline View

    In Project 2010, we’ve added a new view called the Timeline view which allows you to easily create a high level view of your project plan that you can then share through other Office applications such as PowerPoint and Outlook. The default view for Project 2010 is the Gantt with Timeline so you’ll see...
  • Blog Post: Project 2010: Introducing the Ribbon

    The Project 2010 user interface has been completely revamped this release based on the Office Fluent or “Ribbon” UI. The Office Fluent UI represents a dramatic departure from the overloaded menu and toolbar design model of previous Project releases. Project’s extensive capabilities are now organized...
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