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  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta

    We are excited to announce the release of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers. Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server is a huge leap forward for organizations that want...
  • 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: Ask a Project PM: Client Reporting

    This month, Project PM Heather O’Cull answers some common questions about reporting in the Project 2007 client. She offers some great troubleshooting tips, and walks through the process of creating a burndown report. (Want more info about creating a burndown report? Check out her earlier blog post on...
  • Blog Post: 10 Days until the Project Conference

    That’s right, in 10 days we’ll be kicking off the Project Conference down in Phoenix, Arizona. The product team has been very busy finalizing our presentations and demos to make sure this conference is the best yet. The entire program management team will be there along with a bunch of developers and...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: More Keyboard Shortcuts

    Thanks to the users who suggested that all of us in Project-land should post more keyboard shortcuts. Here are some more. Some of the following come from user comment postings, and some of my own that I use daily. Please keep your comments pouring in. Here you go: Indent a task ALT + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Create Deadline Dates

    Deadline dates are handy way to alert you to problems in your schedule, but they are often overlooked. Project managers will often try to create a deadline for a task by setting a task's start date or finish date. But entering the start and finish date sets a date constraint (or restriction) on the task...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks: Tweak the Timescale

    You may not be able to speed up time in your project, but you can speed up the timescale-that is, how you use the timescale in views like the Gantt chart. If you've spent any time in Project, you may have wasted a lot of effort either scrolling the timescale or changing its time units. Fiddling with...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Let's talk about the critical path…

    The critical path…sounds pretty intimidating doesn't it? Like some secret passageway to getting your project done on time that only highly experienced project managers could ever possibly identify. And certainly those experienced project managers are the only ones who could actually stick to the path...
  • 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: Now free on CodePlex: Earned Value management application for UN/CEFACT standards

    We've recently published a new application that integrates with Project to support exporting your project plan in a format compliant with UN (United Nations)/CEFACT standard , a worldwide standard for cost and schedule project information. What's Earned Value? A project management/reporting standard...
  • Blog Post: Hiding, showing, adding, removing, inserting, etc…oh, and DONUTS

    On Office Online, we’ve got this one article, currently called, “ Hide or show a column (remove or add a column) .” It’s a fine article, but, to be frank, the feature can be a bit confusing, so the feedback we typically get on it is pretty bad. Lots of frustrated comments, low ratings, the whole bit...
  • Blog Post: Project in the clouds

    Yes, there is a place in the clouds for Project information.. If you have a number of documents, spreadsheets, notes, proposals, and project files you want to share quickly, Microsoft Office Live Workspace gives you some interesting options. Microsoft Office Live Workspace enables you to store and share...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project Server 2007

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Office Project 2007 and Office Project Server 2007 has been released to the Microsoft Download Center! It includes all the fixes prior to SP2 (including the February 2009 Cumulative Update ), and also several enhancements to Project Standard and Professional, Project Server,...
  • Blog Post: Project 2007 SP2 Webcast

    Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System is due to ship April 28 th . Join Adrian Jenkins and Christophe Fiessinger to get an overview of Project 2007 and Project Server 2007 updates in SP2, recommended best practices to deploy SP2 in your environment, and answer your questions about...
  • Blog Post: Back to basics: Gantt Chart view

    The Gantt Chart view is the most commonly used view in Project. It lists the tasks in your project, and illustrates their relationship to one another and the schedule using Gantt bars. Let's look a little more closely at each portion of the view. First, let's take a look at the left portion of the view...
  • Blog Post: Gridlines Galore

    You may know you can update the formatting of the current gridlines you see in Project, but did you also know that you can add additional gridlines? While in the Gantt chart, go to Format - Gridlines and you can see in the list of "Lines to Change" everything that you can format. To get the line to show...
  • Blog Post: Conceptual project management information on Office Online

    Looking for more information about the project management field? Office Online has several resources that may help. Getting started · Go beyond Excel for project management · How your project fits into the big picture · A short course in project management · A quick history of project...
  • Blog Post: Adding a red/yellow/green progress indicator

    Hi there! My name is Sonia Atchison, and I write some of the Help content you see over on Office Online . I know this may seem like a silly little blog post to many of you, but I remember when I first started using Project and I figured out how to make a field that showed red/yellow/green graphics to...
  • Blog Post: Combination Views

    Do you want to act like an experienced project manager, but with little additional effort? Then learn how to split your views by using combination view. Project's split view feature has been around for many versions. The more experienced project manager have learned that it can be a very efficient way...
  • Blog Post: Help update for Project 2007

    If the computer you use to work in the Microsoft Office Project 2007 client is connected to the Internet, you have already see the latest Help files. However, if you work in the Project 2007 client offline, you can download an update to the offline Help files, so that you have more current content. You...
  • Blog Post: Back to basics: Sharing your project with others

    You've spent hours in Microsoft Office Project 2007 hand-crafting a project plan that you're pretty sure must be glowing because it's so darned brilliant. All of the start and finish dates line up perfectly, your resources are balanced with reasonable workloads, and the costs are well within budget....
  • Blog Post: Back to basics: Printing your project

    Okay, so printing in Microsoft Office Project 2007 might be a little more complex than you're used to. We'll give you that. Need some help figuring out how to get your project data printed and looking professional? Read on. Printing a view The first step in printing a view is to set up the view itself...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Understanding resource leveling

    Resource leveling is the act of taking a project with people assigned to a bunch of tasks, and making it so that they don't have to work overtime. Okay, that might be oversimplifying it a little, but essentially that's what you're doing. Seriously, what's resource leveling? Let's back up a bit. So you...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Update and Help Articles

    The following Help articles have been updated to reflect changes included as part of the Infrastructure Update. Microsoft Office Project 2007: · Assign a resource to a task · Enter costs for resources · Overview of project cost information Microsoft Office Project Server 2007: · Create or modify a custom...
  • Blog Post: New Help Content - July/August

    Check out the new help content that has come out over the past month. Watch this: Use lag and lead time This demo shows how to use lag and lead time to create gaps and overlaps between tasks in a project. Watch this: Show the critical path This demo shows you several ways to display a project's critical...
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