New Project Fan Page on Facebook

In our never-ending quest to spread the word about Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project 2010, we now have an official fan page on Facebook! Our news feed includes links to articles on MSDN, TechNet, and Office Online, as well as posts on this blog. You can choose to see our posts in your Facebook…

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VIDEO: Review of Project 2007 Task Settings and Display Administrative Options

This is the beginning of a video series targeted to Project Server Administrators.  These are being done by the Program Managers who own the features and are designed to give you some insight into the what and why of the administrative options.  Consequently, these are NOT professionally produced. Note: This video will require the Silverlight…


Values randomly appearing on your timesheet?

Picture this: you create a new timesheet in Project Web Access, and rather than seeing a blank timesheet, as you might expect, you see a timesheet prepopulated with Actual Work hours. But your project plan doesn’t have any Actual Work! Where did the prepopulated hours come from? The most likely answer is that the tasks…

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My Tasks Page and Colored Lines

You launch the My Tasks page in Project Server 2007 and you see these colored lines next to your tasks.  The first thing that comes to mind is what do they mean?  Below is the key to these colors.  Please bear in mind that these colors are meant as guidance and are subject to the…


Visual Project Planning and Reporting

In case you weren’t aware of this, you can use the WBS Modeler tool to visually model and plan your projects or to validate the current structure of your project.  The tool uses Visio 2007 and Project 2007 to do this.  Ok, I haven’t used this yet.  I’m in the process of installing it now. …


New Connector Released

Today, Microsoft officially released a new connector between Visual Studio Team Systems and Project Server 2007.  This connector was a collaborative development effort between Project Server, VSTS and Microsoft Consulting to solve a customer need.  While this connector could have been bundled into the normal release cycle, it was felt that this need had to…


Managing Cross Project Dependencies with Deliverables

Deliverables is a new feature that shipped in Project Professional 2007. Deliverables provides the ability to publish key dates to a SharePoint site and for others to consume these keys dates within their project plan. This feature helps you to manage cross project dependencies. A project manager can define deliverables within their project plan using…

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Resource Plans Explained.... I Hope :-)

Hi, It has been a long time since my last post. Sorry for the long delay and I will try to fix this with more frequent post in the future. OK so let’s get to the topic of the day: “Resource Plans, what are they and how should you use them”. Resource Plans were developed…

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Can I get access to your team site?

After discussing this situation with Eric Zenz, I found out we made a change in the 2007 release that makes it easier to manage who has access to your project’s team site. In 2003, you had to be on a project’s team and assigned to a task to get access to a project’s team site.  So,…


Busy, Busy, Busy

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…