Project Online: Reporting and Portfolio Analysis

Set of screenshots from the Reporting and Portfolio Analysis blog post
Set of screenshots from the Reporting and Portfolio Analysis blog post

The new reporting options that are rolling out to Project Online customers allow you to choose how you want your time phased data and give you control of the time buckets you use – and you can choose not to have any at all.  My favourite is to use Fiscal Periods as that also limits…


Microsoft Planner: When is a plan not a plan?

Gif stepping through the images from the blog post
Gif stepping through the images from the blog post

This posting came about from a customer query where they were not seeing all the plans in their mobile clients that they see on their Planner Hub on the web.  And the answer?  When it is a Group – that doesn’t yet have a Plan.  That is one answer anyway, and there could be some…


Microsoft Planner: New Year–New Features!

Animation of the new features being added to Planner
Animation of the new features being added to Planner

This year sees an acceleration in the delivery of new features to Planner and I’m taking the opportunity to walk through some of these and show how one might use them.  The Plan I am using for my examples is one that featured in some of my earlier Planner blogs – and is the Change…


Project Online: Provisioning a new PWA with PowerShell

PWA Provisioning using PowerShell and SharePoint Online Management Shell
PWA Provisioning using PowerShell and SharePoint Online Management Shell

This post comes from my “You learn something new every day” collection – and after responding to e-mail saying the only way to provision a PWA site in Project Online is through the UI I thought I’d better double check.  I’d also seen a Twitter posting about a new update to the SharePoint Online Management…


Project Online: Changes to Granularity of Time phased OData

GIF showing the different granularity for Project Online time phased data
GIF showing the different granularity for Project Online time phased data

This was announced a while back as you needed to be aware of the impact on reporting – and you should have seen the posting in the Office 365 Admin message center.  This is rolling out now, and the message center post has just been updated to say that we should be completed by around…


Office 365 Message Center to Planner: PowerShell walk-through–Part 2

The code I am walking through here is that which drives the sample I blogged about in the posting https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/brismith/2017/10/23/microsoft-planner-a-change-management-solution-for-office-365/ In Part 1 I walked through the PowerShell that was reading the messages, filtering out the ones I was interested in by product and then adding the required metadata to get them to the right…


Office 365 Message Center to Planner: PowerShell walk-though–Part 1

*** Update 10/28/2017 – made code correction mentioned below – setting and using an environment variable for my tenantId $uri = “https://manage.office.com/api/v1.0/” + $env:tenantId + “/ServiceComms/Messages” $messages = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $uri -Method Get -Headers $headers -UseBasicParsing *** I mentioned in my previous blog post – https://lwal.me/3n – that I’d walk through the PowerShell – so here it is, at least the…


Microsoft Planner: A Change Management Solution for Office 365

MessageCenterToPlannerCodeSamplesV2 TL;DR version – Create a plan with buckets for you products, get an AppId for a Native App that can read SHD and read/write all groups – then update the various variables in Application Settings for the Function or directly in the PowerShell – and create your custom products.json.  If you need more pointers…


Project Online: Setting Permissions in sites beyond PWA

Thanks goes to Paul Mather for most of the technical content of this particular post – as I’m taking a couple of his ideas and bringing them together.  I’m using PowerShell to set permissions in project sites and using Flow and Azure Functions to automate running that PowerShell.  I’ve also included a video that walks…


Microsoft Planner: Considerations for Reporting–Part 4 of 3

As I mentioned in Part 3 – there are a few other things I wanted to cover, so here is part 4.  If you didn’t see the other parts – then here are the links – so come back when you’ve read them. Microsoft Planner- Considerations for Reporting–Part 1 Microsoft Planner- Considerations for Reporting–Part 2…