Announcing Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta

We are excited to announce the release of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack Beta to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscribers. Integration between Project Server and Team Foundation Server is a huge leap forward for organizations that want to bridge the gap between the Project Management…


Tips and Tricks: Deleting summary tasks

One nice thing about summary tasks is that changes to them get reflected (or “rolled down”) to their subtasks. This is fine if you want to move summary tasks around, because all the subtasks move with them. But if you want to delete a summary task, then all the subtasks (and any subtasks under those…

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Ask a Project PM: Client Reporting

This month, Project PM Heather O’Cull answers some common questions about reporting in the Project 2007 client. She offers some great troubleshooting tips, and walks through the process of creating a burndown report. (Want more info about creating a burndown report? Check out her earlier blog post on the subject!)Ask a Project PM: Client Reporting

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10 Days until the Project Conference

That’s right, in 10 days we’ll be kicking off the Project Conference down in Phoenix, Arizona. The product team has been very busy finalizing our presentations and demos to make sure this conference is the best yet. The entire program management team will be there along with a bunch of developers and testers so you…

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Tips and Tricks: More Keyboard Shortcuts

Thanks to the users  who suggested that all of us in Project-land should post more keyboard shortcuts. Here are some more. Some of the following come from user comment postings, and some of my own that I use daily.  Please keep your comments pouring in. Here you go: Indent a task ALT  +  SHIFT +…

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Tips and Tricks: Create Deadline Dates

Deadline dates are handy way to alert you to problems in your schedule, but they are often overlooked. Project managers will often try to create a deadline for a task by setting a task’s start date or finish date. But entering the start and finish date sets a date constraint (or restriction) on the task,…

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Tips and Tricks: Tweak the Timescale

You may not be able to speed up time in your project, but you can speed up the timescale-that is, how you use the timescale in views like the Gantt chart. If you’ve spent any time in Project, you may have wasted a lot of effort either scrolling the timescale or changing its time units….

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Back to Basics: Let’s talk about the critical path…

The critical path…sounds pretty intimidating doesn’t it? Like some secret passageway to getting your project done on time that only highly experienced project managers could ever possibly identify. And certainly those experienced project managers are the only ones who could actually stick to the path and get things done as planned. It’s not really as…

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Buffer, downtime, and productivity

Maybe it’s because I’ve been swamped this week while the sun’s been shining here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but I’ve been doing some thinking about buffer, downtime, and productivity. I don’t think it’s a secret that projects have a tendency to come in late sometimes. Things come up, bad stuff happens, tasks are delayed…not…

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Now free on CodePlex: Earned Value management application for UN/CEFACT standards

We’ve recently published a new application that integrates with Project to support exporting your project plan in a format compliant with UN (United Nations)/CEFACT standard, a worldwide standard for cost and schedule project information.   What’s Earned Value? A project management/reporting standard that integrates measurements of project scope, schedule and cost. See more here. What is…

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