Project Online: Getting Started with Roadmap

Animated GIF showing Roadmap activation steps
Animated GIF showing Roadmap activation steps

As we start deploying the various pieces of infrastructure needed to support Roadmap you may see some different things in your Office 365 Tenant – so here is a quick explanation of the different parts and what they mean – and the most asked question – how to turn it on!. TL;DR – Just go…


A Flow Custom Connector to read O365 Communications API

Flow to read Message Center
Flow to read Message Center

A while back I wrote a blog post walking through how one could use Azure Functions, The Office365 Communications API and Microsoft Planner to help with change management in Office 365.  The post was pretty popular – over 10k visits – which is good for my blog – but the consensus was that it was…


Project, Project Online and Planner Accessibility

Screenshot showing the alt-q action bringing focus to the Tell Me dialog where scroll has been entered
Screenshot showing the alt-q action bringing focus to the Tell Me dialog where scroll has been entered

The Project and Planner engineering teams have been hard at work improving the accessibility of our products.  A set of documents is now live that walks through some of the screen reading functionality that has been added to help users relying on Narrator or Jaws to navigate Project and Planner – as well as other…


Office 365: New Reader role for the Message Center

Message Center - New Message Center Reader Role
Message Center - New Message Center Reader Role

Regular readers will know that the message center is somewhere that I feel we make it too hard for our customers reach – and the people who could get there (admins) may not fully understand the impact of some of the issues and do not pass on to the people who need to know.  This…


Project Online: Setting a Status Manager with CSOM

Code snippet showing setting my user to the project owner, then setting the owner to be the task status manager
Code snippet showing setting my user to the project owner, then setting the owner to be the task status manager

Just a quick post today to share something that might help scenarios where you need to change a status manager for a task.  As you may well know, it isn’t possible to just select anyone to be a status manager for a task – and even in the client application you don’t see people in…


Microsoft Planner and Guest Access: What you need to know

Log in for Planner guest
Log in for Planner guest

The new guest access feature for Microsoft Planner is now enabled for all farms – hopefully you saw the Message Center post! This Planner task version of the message center post is courtesy of my Office 365 Change Management example using Azure Functions.  There was also a Tech Community blog post by Jo Parkhurst –…


Microsoft Planner: Where did my New plan option go?

GIF showing security trimming the New plan option
GIF showing security trimming the New plan option

This one should only affect administrators, but the behavior will also help explain why other users may not see the New plan option.  So what does this look like?  When Planner loads initially as it loads the New plan option can be seen – just above the Planner Hub option: But as the page finishes…


Project Online: Why might my site go read-only?

We are rolling out a change currently that could set some PWA sites to read-only – so I thought it worth mentioning 3 reasons why you might see a PWA site go into a read only mode – which would show as a yellow banner on the PWA pages.  I’ll start with the most recent…


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…