Please find below a summary of the Microsoft Project and Project Server presence at both the upcoming Microsoft TechEd North America 2012 in Orlando June 11-14 and at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2012 in Amsterdam June 26-29. Beside sessions listed below, yes we will have a Project booth staffed by product experts so don’t be shy and ask questions about your favorite Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution at the booth.
|OSP301 – Turning Project Data into Real-World Reports: An Overview of Business Intelligence Options||Learn how Microsoft Project Server 2010 leverages existing SharePoint BI tools to provide elegant reporting options to the enterprise. Attend this presentation to see how Project Server data may be surfaced using such tools as Business Connectivity Services, Visio Services, Excel Services, PerformancePoint and the REST API. Specific reporting examples are provided that may be easily reused at any level of organizational project management maturity.||Andrew Lavinsky|
|OSP332 – Best Practices for Deploying Microsoft Project Server 2010 on a SharePoint Farm||Are you interested in deploying Microsoft Project Server 2010, but don’t know where to start? In this session we provide you with an overview on how to deploy Project Server 2010 in a SharePoint 2010 Farm. Specifically, we discuss how to deploy Project Server in an existing or separate farm, asses the proper capacity planning, and how to tackle upgrading and migration.||Gary Crich|
|AAP313 – Scrum Under a Waterfall||It would be so easy if everyone at our companies just used Scrum—or at least Agile. No one would lean on the team for dates and deadlines, and everyone would know that change is a good thing. It’d be one great big happy project management family. But let’s face it—an all-Agile organization isn’t always possible. Maybe you have a Project Management Office (PMO). Maybe you work for a government contractor. Maybe you have regulatory requirements. Maybe you’re the first Scrum/Agile project at your company. Maybe your company simply *likes* it this way. Whatever the reason, Agile teams frequently report into Waterfall organizations. Your team thinks "backlog" and your bosses think "project plan." How do you make it work? How do you ensure communication and foster trust between the two groups? How do you bridge the project management impedance mismatch? Enter Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Project Server. The chocolate and peanut butter of the project management world. These products integrate and replicate so that the Agile/Scrum and Waterfall groups can work with the tools they want to work with, play nice together, and get what they need to do their jobs. In this session, we not only discuss how to use the TFS-to-Project Server integration but we also talk about strategies to improve communication between the two constituencies. Along the way we discuss some of the difficulties with making Scrum/Agile work in a Waterfall-centric organization and what you can do to minimize the headaches.||Benjamin Day|
|OSP02-LNC – Integrating SharePoint and Project Server 2010 – Deployment Approaches, Integration Options and making the most of the SharePoint Enterprise Features||The key focus of this session is to understand three popular approaches to implementing SharePoint and Project Server together and the key benefits to each method. In addition you will also learn: •Understanding how SharePoint and Project Server work together •Using the enterprise features of SharePoint to leverage Project Server data •How SharePoint and Project Server techniques differ and can cause issues with implementation||Giles Hamson|
PS: I’ll personally be attending TechEd Europe.