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  • Blog Post: Visual Reports – Where Did My Field Go?

    One of the more common questions I get around Visual Reports is “I selected a field (% complete, duration, some text custom field, etc.) to add to my report and it doesn’t show up in Excel – why isn’t it there?”. The field probably is there, it just is in a different spot...
  • Blog Post: New Project Fan Page on Facebook

    In our never-ending quest to spread the word about Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project 2010, we now have an official fan page on Facebook! Our news feed includes links to articles on MSDN, TechNet, and Office Online, as well as posts on this blog. You can choose to see our posts in your Facebook...
  • 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: Determining Project 2007 version using VBA

    For those of you on the on SP2 webcast this morning, a question that we hear often around updates come up - how can I check which version of the project client everyone has? Christophe has posted a solution on his blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2009/04/30/how-to-check-project-2007-version...
  • 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: 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: Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution Webcast Series

    From Christophe's blog : Starting February 18th, 2009 at 11 am (EST) we will be running a webcast series every Wednesday that will show how the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution and related Microsoft technologies can be deployed to meet varying horizontal scenarios. Why should customers...
  • 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: Announcing the Infrastructure Update for Office Servers

    On July 15th, 2008 Microsoft announced the availability of the Infrastructure Update for Office Servers. The Infrastructure Update for Office Servers is a set of updates to improve platform performance and contain several customer driven fixes. The updates are applicable to Microsoft Office SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Understanding summary tasks and subtasks

    When you sit down to think through a project plan, it often makes sense to group the project into several sections. For example, let's say I'm planning a software development project. First, I need to identify the scope for the project, and then write functional specifications documents that detail how...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics: Working with task date constraints

    Microsoft Office Project uses constraints to build a project's schedule. That is, each task has a certain rule applied that helps the scheduling engine figure out when the task should start or finish. There are three types of constraints: flexible, semi-flexible, and inflexible. · Flexible constraints...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Queue - Getting Queued State

    If the projects you are trying to check in or publish appear to be stuck, something may be blocking the queue. The first step to resolving this issue is to look for projects in the Getting queued state. To view the jobs currently in the queue, click Server Settings on the Quick Launch in Project Web...
  • Blog Post: What tasks did I change again?

    Have you ever been in a team meeting, made a bunch of updates to your project plan, and then wanted to know later which tasks you had actually updated? A coworker emailed me with this scenario today and I decided that the solution deserved a blog post. There are 2 steps to this solution. Step 1: In the...
  • 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: The Many Gantt Chart Views

    Did you know that Project ships 8 Gantt chart views? I thought I'd take today to go into what each one displays. To get to most of these views you'll need to go to the View menu - More Views dialog. Gantt Chart - This is the plain Gantt chart. Bar Rollup - If you like to rollup subtasks bars to the summary...
  • Blog Post: Project 2007 SP1 is here!

    I am excited to announce that Project 2007 SP1 has been released. Links to downloads: Client Download Link Server Download Link (the Project Server patches are rolled into a single Office Server patch) Project Language Packs WSS 3.0 SP1 Download Link Helpful Information: For a list of client fixes see...
  • Blog Post: Display the Project Summary Task by Default

    We've heard requests from some users that they want the Project Summary Task to be on by default. Currently in Project, you can turn this on but it is a per-project setting and not an application setting. (To turn this on go to Tools - Options - View tab) To turn it on by default for all new projects...
  • Blog Post: New Add-In for Project 2007 - Import tasks from Excel

    From Jim Corbin. The technical article Importing Project 2007 Tasks from Excel Using a Managed Code Add-In is now published on MSDN. There is an associated download that includes the complete C# and VB.NET code, using Visual Studio 2008 (Beta 2) with Visual Studio Tools for Office. Technorati Tags: Project...
  • Blog Post: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

    We've had a number of good questions come in. I thought it would be helpful to share these and the answers. Enjoy! --Treb Timesheet Question: Which is true? Case 1: Does the assigned timesheet manager approve all tasks in the timesheet (for example, project tasks as well as administrative time tasks...
  • 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: Managing Cross Project Dependencies with Deliverables

    Deliverables is a new feature that shipped in Project Professional 2007. Deliverables provides the ability to publish key dates to a SharePoint site and for others to consume these keys dates within their project plan. This feature helps you to manage cross project dependencies. A project manager can...
  • Blog Post: Busy, Busy, Busy

    In case you've noticed, which you probably have, posts have been slow as of late. As we wrapped up Office 2007 work back at the end of October, we've been working hard on the Project 14 planning and rolling out a new service internally. So, why does this matter to you? These latest activities all involve...
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