My organization is setting up Microsoft Project Server 2010. Our ‘techie guys’ have installed the software and I am able to create my project schedules and sync with Microsoft Project Server with the generic setup, but we need to further configure for our needs. Is anyone aware of books that are available to provide guidance for the steps after the initial installation. I’ve looked for a ‘dummies’ book, but no luck 😉
If you want a step by step guide I would look at either the guides from Project Server Experts or any of the others a good search on Amazon or similar would provide. Additionally there are details on TechNet.
We were in a similar spot, out IT group pretty much handed us a server in a box and so go at it. We have the MSProject Experts book, but the “blue” book on use is 900 pages, we had to call in a server person to finish the job, it was well worth it, can pass on some names if you wish.
This may not be the answer you are looking for, but MPUG is a great resource. The books will give you good insights into the “how”. But many of us out here in the real world have learned what works for our environment and what works for others. Project Server is very powerful, and like any other tool, you need to use it in the manner that best matches your environment. Where I work, we spent a great deal of time setting up our resource team “by the book”. We found half of the information we put in was never leveraged, nor updated which made it a detriment when newcomers came to the organization and thought the information was accurate.
It really helps to bounce ideas off people to determine what you are really looking to leverage.
If you work in a place that has resource managers, and I can’t stress this enough, they need to be included in the discussion. In fact, ideally they need to drive the discussion by conveying what steps they take in determining project allocations, individual availability, and administrative activities…
So with that little teaser, I recommend having conversations with others. Local MPUG chapters (mine is here in Raleigh-Durham, NC) will help you network with others.
You can do this alone with a few books. Just like changing the oil on a car, you can read a manual and do it yourself; just know it may be pretty messy. Go beyond the book, and ask your community how they do it. You don’t need to hire a mechanic (consultant), but leverage the experience that others have.