Visual Reports – Where Did My Field Go?

One of the more common questions I get around Visual Reports is “I selected a field (% complete, duration, some text custom field, etc.) to add to my report and it doesn’t show up in Excel – why isn’t it there?”. The field probably is there, it just is in a different spot. Visual Reports…


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…


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…


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…


Hiding, showing, adding, removing, inserting, etc…oh, and DONUTS

On Office Online, we’ve got this one article, currently called, “Hide or show a column (remove or add a column).” It’s a fine article, but, to be frank, the feature can be a bit confusing, so the feedback we typically get on it is pretty bad. Lots of frustrated comments, low ratings, the whole bit….


Determining Project 2007 version using VBA

For those of you on the on SP2 webcast this morning, a question that we hear often around updates come up – how can I check which version of the project client everyone has? Christophe has posted a solution on his blog –


Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project Server 2007

Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Office Project  2007 and Office Project Server 2007 has been released to the Microsoft Download Center! It includes all the fixes prior to SP2 (including the February 2009 Cumulative Update), and also several enhancements to Project Standard and Professional, Project Server, SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Before…


Conceptual project management information on Office Online

Looking for more information about the project management field? Office Online has several resources that may help. Getting started · Go beyond Excel for project management · How your project fits into the big picture · A short course in project management · A quick history of project management Setting up and working with projects…


Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution Webcast Series

From Christophe’s blog: Starting February 18th, 2009 at 11 am (EST) we will be running a webcast series every Wednesday that will show how the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution and related Microsoft technologies can be deployed to meet varying horizontal scenarios.   Why should customers attend the webcast series? Work Smart – Save time…


Back to Basics: Understanding resource leveling

Resource leveling is the act of taking a project with people assigned to a bunch of tasks, and making it so that they don’t have to work overtime. Okay, that might be oversimplifying it a little, but essentially that’s what you’re doing. Seriously, what’s resource leveling? Let’s back up a bit. So you’ve got a…