I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that occasionally, I'm involved with projects that seem to draaag on. For whatever reason, the things we were so excited to accomplish at the beginning of the project become less exciting as the project progresses. Sometimes it's because red tape gets in the way of you really jumping to do the work required of the project. Sometimes it's because the people you're working with lose interest, making it difficult for you to maintain your own interest in the project. And sometimes it's because the project was better in theory than in practice. There are a plethora of reasons why a project can start to drag. The question is, what do you do about it?
As a team member, the things that immediately pop into my mind are offsite morale events, mid-project check-in discussions where you go over what's going well and what isn't, and maybe even a swap-out of team members to inject some new energy. I'd love to hear what kinds of things you do, have done, or have heard of doing to help re-energize project teams. I know there are great ideas out there…let's hear 'em!
One problem that often crops up when analyzing task and resource issues with Project 2007 is mishandling filters. After creating a complex filter that spans multiple columns, you may wish there'd be a quick way to turn off the filters for all the columns. Or worse, maybe someone sent you a project with filtering apply, and you can't easily tell which column filters to turn off.
Click F3. All the filtering is now removed. And, of course, this works in Project 2010, too.
The session list for the Project 2007 Conference has been posted to the http://www.msprojectconference.com site. Go to http://www.msprojectconference.com/tracks.htm to see the details.
As I am leaving for vacation, this will be the last post until next year. To end the year on the correct note, something to make you laugh...
(This is courtesy of the Office Offline Web Comic blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/officeoffline/archive/2007/10/26/naughty-by-nature.aspx)
See you next year.
If you are in Orlando next week for the PMI Global Congress, make sure to stop by the Project booth. We’ll be demo’ing Project 2010 and answering your questions about 2010 and previous releases. We are at booth 1205 which, assuming the floor plan doesn’t change, is to your right as you come in the main entrance.
Here is the schedule of the mini-presentations we’re doing but feel free to stop by any time the exhibition hall is open:
Sunday, October 11
Project 2010 Overview
Planning and Scheduling with Project Professional 2010
Project Professional 2010 Reporting
Enhanced Collaboration with SharePoint with Project Professional–
Unified Project and Portfolio Management in Project Server 2010
Monday, October 12
2010Team Planning and Coordination with Project Professional 2010
Web-based Editing with Project Server 2010
Enhanced Reporting and BI in Project Server 2010
Portfolio Prioritization and Optimization with project Server 2010
Tuesday, October 13
Demand Management Overview with Project Server 2010
Attend a presentation for a chance at winning 1 of 3 16 GB Zune HDs! Hope to see you there!
Jim Corbin informs us that the Project Server 2007: Getting Started with a New Platform for Developers article on MSDN has been updated and includes new information about Project documentation, using datasets in event handlers, and error checking.
The Project Developer Portal is also updated, to match the recent SDK refresh. Enjoy!
New this year! The Project Conference team has received a tremendous amount of interest from others to present content at Project Conference 2009. In response, we are formally offering you an opportunity to contribute to and present content at Project Conference 2009. We encourage everyone to utilize the content submission form at https://pc2009cfc.dynamiceventsreg.com to propose content ideas and speakers. Time is limited so act now!
Additionally, for all you Facebook users, we now have a conference event - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=69039984055 Make sure to check it out to see who all is planning on attending.
Yesterday in front of a very lively audience, Chris Capossela announced Project 2010 and gave everyone the first look at all the new features. As someone who has been working on 2010 for quite some time, it was great to hear applause break out at several points throughout the demos.
Also, as you can see, with the announcement we’ve update the look of the blog and are going to start posting about Project 2010. Next week check back to learn more about Project’s implementation of the Fluent UI.
To find out more about Project 2010, check out http://www.microsoft.com/project/2010/
Above is part of the team that made the trip to Phoenix. Now that the conference is over…. nap time.
I've added a link to the new Windows Live Translator service that was rolled out this week. The link is in the News section in the left column. Clicking that link will bring up our site in the Live Translator site. You can then pick which language you would like to see the posts. I can't attest to the quality of machine performed language translations, but hopefully WLT does it well enough for this linkage to be usable to you.
Please find below the list of Project 2010 sessions that will be delivered at Tech Ed Europe 2009 in Berlin in November. We will also have a Microsoft Project 2010 booth staffed by product experts in the Microsoft Product Pavilion so please drop by and ask plenty of questions!
Microsoft Project 2010 Overview
This session provides an overview of the key investment areas and capabilities of Project Server 2010 and Project Professional 2010, including demand management, portfolio analysis, time tracking, and reporting.
Jan Kalis, Christophe Fiessinger
11/9/2009 13:30-14:45 New York 3 - Hall 7-1a
Microsoft Project Server 2010 for IT Professionals and Developers
This session provides details of what Project Server 2010 offers IT professionals and developers, including new features for easier deployment and management, and developer-related enhancements across Server and Client.
11/13/2009 10:45-12:00 London 3 - Hall 7-1b
Additionally, if you have not done so yet register for these:
If you are attending the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Vegas next week, you will have multiple opportunities to learn more about Project 2010.
Click here to learn more.
If didn’t answer with a resounding yes, check out Christophe’s post on training targeted for Microsoft Partners and Field.