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Set the Tracking Method for Each Enterprise Project

Background Does your organization need to specify a unique method of tracking progress for each type of Enterprise project in Project Online? Many years ago I worked with an electrical utility company that managed two types of projects using the Microsoft PPM tool: design projects and construction projects. They wanted to manage each type of…

Modifying Microsoft’s Project Online Power BI Content Pack to Support Your Language

Content Pack Overview If you are using Project Online (PJO) then you are probably using the OData feed for reporting purposes, the two most common options being to bring the data into Excel or Power BI. Both applications have their pros and cons, though one of the big advantages with Power BI is that Microsoft…

Analyzing Progress Slippage on Fixed Duration Tasks

Background Information Many years ago, it was my privilege to work for seven months with a group of schedulers at a large company in New Orleans. At the time, the schedulers were using the new Microsoft tool named Project Central, which became the forerunner to Project Server and Project Online. In their Microsoft Project schedules,…

Warm Yourself Up with 4 Sizzling Pointers for Project Online Application Administrators

Introduction Serving as a Project Online Application Administrator for your organization can be an overwhelming experience. There are many features to set up in the system, and the right way to set them up is not always as obvious or as intuitive as we’d like it to be. Using a trial and error approach for…

Two Great Ways to Publish your Plan to the Web—without SharePoint!

Users of Project Online (or SharePoint w/ Project Server) are long accustomed to publishing their plan on the web for others to view, change, or otherwise manipulate project plan data. This convenience is beneficial for plan authors, team members, and stakeholders alike, for the obvious reason of having the plan online for all to view…

Using Local Calendars in the PPM Platform

Working as a PPM consultant offers me opportunities to interact with many different clients, all of which have diverse needs and requirements. A couple of weeks ago, I received a very interesting request from a company I am engaged with regarding the utilization of custom calendars by their project managers. Before we deep dive into…

Understanding the Microsoft PPM Public Power BI Content Pack

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Microsoft recently announced the new Power BI Content Pack for Microsoft PPM.  This content pack allows organizations to deploy out-of-the-box reporting in a new Project Web App instance; so…

When a Fixed Duration Task is Truly Not “Fixed Duration”

Oh, the misery! If you’ve ever used Fixed Duration tasks in your enterprise projects running in Microsoft Project Online or Project Server and your organization uses the Timesheet page in Project Web App (PWA) to track actual task progress, then no doubt you have experienced heartache and disappointment. Those Fixed Duration tasks don’t behave the…

The Use of Strategy in Microsoft Project Online

During Microsoft Project Online implementations, our clients and users often ask two questions: What is the best practice for using Strategy, the portfolio analysis, feature in Microsoft Project Online? Can we depend on the outcome of a portfolio analysis process? In this article I address both. The main goal of portfolio analysis is to identify,…

Site Creation Settings in Project 2013 and Project 2016

As you probably know, when you create a new project in Microsoft Project Server, a related project site is created automatically. That process works differently in Project Server 2016 than it does it in Project Server 2013. In this short article, I walk you through each version. To enable this automatic option in Project Server…

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