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 us using our own product. We are our own users at the moment.
Project Portfolio Server
We are using our very own Project Portfolio Server 2007 to plan the Project 14 release. Portfolio Server is being used to help us determine the business drivers that are important and how important are they relative to each other. We then model which features will contribute the most to our business drivers. It's our first opportunity as a team to use the tool for real work and for us to go through the whole optimization process.
Pradeep, one of our Senior PMs, is shepherding the process. My hope is to convince him to write about it extensively in an upcoming post. Also, expect to hear more about our experiences when Project Conference rolls around. If you want to hear, leave a comment below.
The other activity is that we are rolling out a hosted instance of Project Server 2007 internally. This way, any team that wants to use Project Server doesn't have to set up their own hardware and software. The challenge is that we don't have a "corporate" way to manage efforts or project related data. So, each team wants something different. I'm sure you are familiar with this situation.
For those of you who have done this for yourselves or for others, we are going through what you normally go through. We are experiencing first hand, security model design, login and desktop configuration issues, AD Sync set up and learning about the various and sundry ways that people use Project. All of this, will provide input and impetus to improve the product further.
As interesting experiences and observations come up, I'll discuss them. We are currently on boarding our first two groups so the real fun is about to begin! Same rule applies, if you want to hear more, leave a comment.