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I just spent an hour documenting notes that I had taken when my current company implemented Project Server a couple of years ago and when I clicked OK to submit it, I was taken back to a log in screen and when I logged back in I was brought back here WITHOUT my reply…. URGHHHHH.
In summary – consider the needs of your PMs. I recommend implementing this in an Agile approach. If your PMs have not used Project Server they won’t know what they need until they experience it.
Get PM’s involved in creating standard Project Views, page layouts, and processes.
Consider PM processes and their alternatives (Use cases help with this). For instance, the process of accepting actual hours. What will happen when a PM is on vacation? Will it be necessary to change the status manager so an alternative PM can accept the hours – or maybe it is OK for the PM to accept hours when they return from vacation.
When using an Enterprise Resource pool – be sure to update the standard calendar with your companies holidays so projects don’t schedule work on these days.
Show Project Owner on the Project Center page
MS Project has an option to prompt the user if a new resource is added – this is useful in stand alone too, it is good to have this turned on so if a PM inadvertly enters a resource the prompt will help remind them that they shoudl be using the Enterprise resource pool – and it helps catch when a PM mistypes a resource name.
Sandra Mason