Impress the family: Make Thanksgiving Day a success with Project 2010

Brian Kennemer over at Deltabahn, a Microsoft Partner specializing in Project Server deployment consulting, recently updated his Thanksgiving dinner project plan and we wanted to share it with you all. You can download the .mpp file here. This is just a guide, but a great example of how flexible the tool can be and how it can be used…

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Introducing Inactive Tasks in Project 2010

Inactive Tasks is a powerful new feature in Microsoft Project 2010 Professional that allows you to cut tasks in your projects, while maintaining a record of these cut items. Inactive Tasks allows you to quickly and effectively: · Manage Scope: As project begins to go over budget or over schedule, inactive tasks should be used…

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Assignment Units in Project 2010

If you are an experienced project manager then it’s likely that you are familiar with the Assignment Units field. For those who aren’t, Assignment Units determines the rate at which a resource is assigned to work on a task. This field is set to 100% or the Resource’s Max Units (whichever is the lesser of…

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Project 2010: Introducing Delegates

In Microsoft® Office® Project Server 2007, the timesheet surrogate feature exists to allow one timesheet user to give the management of their timesheet to another user — send updates and so forth. This is great for timesheets, but there are many other parts of Project Web App where you may want to delegate your duties…

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Project 2010: Project Permissions

Other Users Need Access to My Projects Consider this scenario. As a project manager you create your project and now you’re ready to let others collaborate with you and so you ask yourself “how do I let others get access to my project?” By default, users who are added as resources to the project or…

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Project 2010: Working with Text

Project 2010 makes it easier to work with text in your project plan. In this post I’ll cover how: The “Add New Column” interface allows you to easily add and insert columns Autocomplete saves you time and keystrokes when entering text data Text wrapping lets you see all the relevant details without having to manually…


Project 2010: Introducing Millions of Colors

While Shakespeare said “Truth needs no colour”, we decided this wasn’t true for Project 2010. With Project 2010, no longer are you limited to 16 colors. We now support 32-bit color which simply put means you have millions of colors to choose between. How many million you ask – 16,777,216 colors. The human eye can…

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Task Statusing and the new Grid

A few weeks back Patrick Conlan posted an overview of some of the Time Tracking investment areas for Project Server 2010. Today we are going to drill in on one such investment area, namely the Statusing feature area. This screenshots used for this example are taken from a post-Beta Build of Project Server 2010, so…


Project 2010: Copy and Paste

In this post I’ll cover improvements to an everyday command in Project: copying and pasting data. Though paste likes to keep a low profile, in fact it’s the fourth most commonly used feature in Project. And while Project and Project Server offer many advanced reporting features, a very common form of “reporting” is pasting data…


Project 2010: Introducing the Backstage view

Hi, it’s Jon K again. In this post, I’ll introduce Project 2010’s new Backstage view. The Backstage view is the new experience seen when you click on the File tab in Project 2010. While the other ribbon tabs focus on things you do in your project (add tasks, edit resources, change formatting), the Backstage view…