Author: Christopher Pond

Christopher Pond, managing consultant at Corporate Project Solutions (CPS), has worked extensively with Microsoft during the development of Project 2010. The company has already provided numerous proof of concepts to clients and is currently working with the Microsoft Office 2010 launch team to develop materials for the 2010 product launch. CPS also has Project Professional and Project Server 2010 training courses available and a series of complementary seminars to demonstrate new features and capabilities in SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010. To learn more, visit the CPS website.

Microsoft Project 2010 Feature Rally: Integrated Portfolio Management

The release of Microsoft Project Server 2010 allows users to merge top down portfolio management with bottom up project management thanks to the comprehensive portfolio analysis tool now available in Project Server 2010. Microsoft has combined two tools — Project Server and Portfolio Server — into one. Project Server now provides an integrated portfolio, project, and work management solution allowing organizations to define and prioritize their strategic objectives using an “in-built,” pair-wise comparison process. This new functionality can help remove the subjectivity out of project selection. In an ideal world only projects that provide a high level of alignment proceed, and Project Server now provides the objective analysis to support this. Portfolio management in Project Server 2010 requires that a list of projects/ideas/capital investments is first captured and aligned to business strategy. Once the corporate objectives are in the system, the toolset presents new projects with a questionnaire to enable the degree of alignment to each objective to be determined. It also allows users to enter key metrics such as the project cost, timescales, and resource demands. Based on budget and resources and the alignment of each of the projects, the optimization module can then, on a simple level, work out which projects will deliver the most benefit based on the budgets available. This sounds simple, but behind the scenes is a sophisticated algorithm that takes into account a range of factors, including dependencies among projects. Various factors can be used to support constraints analysis, such as budgets, return on investment, and risk.

Webinar UK: Project Standard – Good and Best Practice Advice and Hints and Tips For Using Microsoft Project to Support Project Standards

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is not in the PMI® system. However, it is eligible for self-directed learning PMI® PDU credit. Speakers: Christopher Pond, CPS Many people have been provided with Microsoft Project without being provided with sufficient training or support.  This often leads to people using Microsoft Project in ways that are in-efficient and potentially frustrating – the work equation is one area where I am constantly asked questions.  This short session is designed to show some of the areas where the tool can be used more effectively through changes to usage. Good and best practice advice and guidance. Have you watched this webinar recording? Tell MPUG viewers what you think! [WPCR_INSERT]