#ProjectOnline PWA Stats with Snapshot #JavaScript #jQuery #PPM #Office365 #PMOT #MSProject

July 2, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Leave a comment
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Want to view simple PWA stats and capture the data to then build simple trend reports? This simple JavaScript and jQuery solution starter might be a good starting point. The output can be seen below:

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Each PWA entity can be expanded to see the stats:

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Then each week or month etc. you can take a snapshot of the data using the Snapshot button, this creates an item on the snapshot list:

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The solution starter code has been published for download. The code expects the SharePoint list to already exist but that is covered in this blog post. The solution starter code can be downloaded from the Microsoft Gallery using the link here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Online-PWA-Stats-and-eb56e6bb

The code does make use of jQuery and jQuery UI, these are loaded from the jQuery CDN but you might want to download them and store them locally etc.:

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The code expects a list called PWASnapshot in the root PWA site collection:

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This can be updated to a different target list in the root PWA site collection, just change the listTitle variable as seen above. The following columns are required to already exist on the target SharePoint list in the PWA site collection:

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They’re all default column settings apart from DateCaptured, this defaults to Today’s Date. If you do not need the snapshot capability, you could just comment out / remove the snapshot button from the code.

Create a new page on the PWA site to display the PWA Stats data, I created a new web part page in a library called “Pauls” in the root PWA site – this is on my test PWA site, hence a library called Pauls!

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Download and update the solution starter as required – remember it is a solution starter so it could do with some code optimisations and better error handling etc. Upload the solution starter JavaScript code to the PWA site, in this example I uploaded it to the same library as the new PWAStats page. Edit the new page and add a Content Editor Web Part, update the Content Link to add the relative URL path for the JavaScript code as seen below in this example:

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Update other web part settings as required then click Apply then click OK and stop editing the page.

As the data is loaded, the SharePoint modal dialog will appear:

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This will close once all the projects are loaded as on my PWA dataset, the projects data is the largest.

Clicking the snapshot button will also load the SharePoint modal dialog:

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This will close when the item is added to the list, then a message will display below the button to state the item has been added:

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Trend reports could easily be created using Power BI consuming the snapshot list data to see how the data changes over time.

This could easily be extended to bring in additional PWA stats. I will probably write a blog post in the future to extend this to capture additional PWA stats.

The solution starter file contains HTML, CSS and JavaScript in the same file, for production you might want to split out the HTML, CSS and JavaScript into the separate files, reference the JavaScript and CSS files in the HTML file and link to the HTML file in the content editor web part but as this is so small having one file will be fine and is easier to manage.

Fully test on a DEV / TEST PWA instance first before using in Production. The script is provided "As is" with no warranties etc.

I hope you find it useful Smile

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#ProjectOnline Export Capacity Planning data to #Excel issue #PPM #PMOT #Office365 #MSProject

June 30, 2018 at 7:44 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Issue | Leave a comment
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Just a quick post to highlight an issue I came across that I thought might be worth posting about in case anyone else runs into the same issue. In Project Online, in PWA you can export most of the grids to Excel. I was testing something in PWA and came across an issue exporting the Capacity Planning grid to Excel, I clicked the button but nothing happened, the details grid would flicker when the button was clicked but nothing after that. Opened the browser debugger and tried again, no console errors but looking at the Network log an error 500 was thrown for the ProjectServer.svc:

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Looking at the response I could see a general unhandled exception was thrown caused by a key not being present in the dictionary:

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Looking at the request payload I could see two resource GUIDs were included:

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Looking at the grid data there was only one resource present:

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Looking back in the Resource Center, I did have two resources selected:

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One being a Cost resource, I deselected the Capex resource and tried the Export to Excel from the Capacity Planning page and all worked as expected.

If you do run into the issue with exporting the Capacity Planning grid to Excel, check the resource types you have selected, deselect Cost and Material resources then try again and hopefully that will resolve the issue for you. I will mention this to the Project team at Microsoft to see if this is something they are already aware of.

Getting Starting with #ProjectOnline and #PowerApps #PVC18 presentation links #PPM #PMOT #Apps #Office365 #MSProject

June 14, 2018 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Mobile | 1 Comment
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Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the awesome Project Virtual Conference 2018. During my session I referenced existing blog posts and code samples that I had previously published on my blog. As promised in the presentation, here is a blog post containing all of the relevant links to help get you started using PowerApps for Project Online. A link to my session is here: http://projectvirtualconference.com/sessions/getting-started-with-project-online-and-powerapps/

Firstly here is a link to the official PowerApps site: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/build-powerapps/

The first example app we looked at was a navigation PowerApp for Project Online, this made use of the SharePoint Online connector in PowerApps. As discussed, you would need a process to get the required Project Online data into the target SharePoint list for this approach. Here a link to an example solution starter PowerShell script that will do just that: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/projectonline-powershell-to-keep-ppm-data-in-sync-on-sharepoint-list-pmot-o365/

Once the data is available, here are the two links that walkthrough creating this example navigation app:

Part 1: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/projectonline-powerapps-example-office365-ppm-pmot-apps-msproject-part1/

Part 2: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/projectonline-powerapps-example-office365-ppm-pmot-apps-msproject-sharepoint-part2/

The next example PowerApp we looked at in the presentation made use of the Project Online connector in PowerApps to give examples of using some of the actions available in the connector. This works directly with Project Online so does not require any background process to get data into SharePoint. As mentioned in the presentation, the properties available are fairly limited, hence for the navigation app I had to get the data from Project Online into SharePoint list first as I needed the Project Site URL which is not in the Project data set in the Project Online connector for PowerApps. This example app did make use of the Project Online connector in PowerApps: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/connectors/projectonline/

Here are the three links that walkthrough creating this example app:

Part 1: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/projectonline-powerapps-using-the-project-online-connector-ppm-apps-msproject-o365-part1/

Part 2: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/projectonline-powerapps-using-the-project-online-connector-ppm-apps-msproject-o365-part2/

Part 3: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/projectonline-powerapps-using-the-project-online-connector-ppm-apps-msproject-o365-part3/

As mentioned in the presentation, you can create a PowerApp that make use of both the SharePoint connector and Project Online or any number of connectors available for PowerApps – there are lots!

PowerApps are a great way to build business applications without having to write any code!

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 / 2016 June 2018 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #PS2016 #SP2016 #MSProject

June 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
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The Office 2016 June 2018 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4299875

Project 2016 June 2018 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4022164

SharePoint Server 2016 / Project Server 2016 June 2018 update: 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4022173 & https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4022178

The Office 2013 June 2018 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4299875

Project Server 2013 June 2018 CU Server Roll up package:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4022185

Project Server 2013 June 2018 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4022192

Project 2013 June 2018 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4022171

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2880556 first if installing the June 2018 CU for 2013.

As always, fully test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.

#ProjectOnline : Add related projects to a custom field #JavaScript #jQuery #PPM #Office365 #PMOT #MSProject

May 24, 2018 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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This blog post follows on from my earlier blog post on updating Project Online project level custom fields from JavaScript using the REST API: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/using-rest-in-javascript-to-update-projectonline-project-custom-fields-ppm-pmot-jquery-office365/

As mentioned in that post, I have published example code sample / solution starter that demonstrates updating a project level custom field using the REST API. This simple code sample runs from a Project Detail Page in the Project Web App site collection, it enables the user to add related projects to a project level custom field. As mentioned, it is a solution start to demonstrate the use of the Project Online REST APIs from JavaScript, so it wouldn’t be fit for production use as it would need some tweaks to manage things like displaying projects already added to the custom field pre-loaded in the related project list etc. The solution starter functionality can be seen below:

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The solution starter code can be downloaded from the Microsoft Gallery here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Online-Add-Related-e6a69a02

Once downloaded, open the file to edit in your chosen editor (notepad will do if you have nothing else, I use Visual Studio Code or Notepad++). To get the solution starter code to work, you will need to update the custom field internal name for your target project level custom field, the code sample also assumes this target custom field is a text field. If the target field is a different type you will need to update the value type as mentioned in the first post.

Firstly, get the correct internal name for the custom field as seen below in this example:

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This information is available using the CustomField API: {PWAUrl}/_api/ProjectServer/CustomFields

Now in the solution starter code, update the projectCFInternalName variable on line 61 as seen below with the correct guid:

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Save the file and upload to a library in the PWA Site, for example mine is uploaded to the Site Assets library. Then add a Content Editor Web Part to the target Project Detail Page in PWA, edit that new web part:

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In the content link, put a link into the JavaScript file, in my example the link is /sites/pwa/SiteAssets/PWARelatedProject.js. Expand Appearance, give it a title and change the Chrome Type to None. Click Apply then click OK and stop editing the page. Your page will then display the following (assuming you edited the web part from PWA Settings > Project Details Pages:

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When accessed from a PDP linked to a project the following will display:

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The list of projects are filtered to the list of projects the current user can access. Use the buttons to add the related project/s:

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Then click Save:

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Once the publish job has been sent to the queue for processing the modal will close. Viewing the custom field in the PDP will show the the projects added:

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This is just a simple example to demonstrate updating project level custom fields using the REST API from a Project Detail Page. Update the solution starter to ensure the code is production ready and fully test on a DEV / TEST PWA instance first before using in Production. The script is provided "As is" with no warranties etc.

Using #REST in #JavaScript to update #ProjectOnline project custom fields #PPM #PMOT #jQuery #Office365

May 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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This blog post provides example code for updating Project Online project level custom fields using the REST API ({PWASite}/_api/ProjectServer) in JavaScript on a PWA page. Following this blog post later this week will be a full working code sample that will be available for download.

When updating a project programmatically you will still need to following the same steps you do when updating a project manually, check out, update, publish and check in. The code snippets below demonstrate these actions using the REST API in JavaScript for updating a project level custom field.

Firstly check out the project:

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Here we are passing in the project GUID into the URL that we will call to check out the project using the jQuery ajax HTTP request. The check out method is detailed here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/project/api/publishedproject#CheckOut__ If successful we then call the updateProjectCF function:

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Again, in here we are passing in the same project GUID into the URL to update the custom fields using the jQuery ajax HTTP request. This call is slightly more involved as we have to inform the API call what is being changed. This is done by passing that data to the API in the HTTP call. To update custom fields you have to specify the key, the value and value type. The key is the internal custom field name, an example seen below:

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This information is available using the CustomField API: {PWAUrl}/_api/ProjectServer/CustomFields

The value is the data you want to add to the custom field, this example is just updating a free text (single line of text) field. The value type specifies the custom field data type that you are updating. These are all prefixed with Edm (Entity Data Model) then the the type such as String, Int32 or DataTime etc. The update custom field method is detailed here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/project/api/draftproject#UpdateCustomFields_Collection_SP.KeyValue__customFieldDictionary_ If successful we then call the publishcheckInProject function:

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Similar to the first API call, we just pass in the same project GUID to the URL used then call to publish and check in the project using the jQuery ajax HTTP call. Specifying true with the publish call will check in the project. The publish method is detailed here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/project/api/draftproject#Publish_Boolean_checkIn_

As mentioned earlier on in the post, there will be a full working example / solution started published later this week.

#ProjectOnline time phased data rollup for #OData reporting note #PPM #PMOT #BI

May 14, 2018 at 11:06 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Leave a comment
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Just a quick post to highlight a feature in Project Online when changing the rollup of timephased reporting data in Project Online as posted here:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/projectonline-time-phased-data-rollup-for-odata-reporting-ppm-pmot-bi-excel-powerbi/

As per the Microsoft support article below:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Configure-rollup-of-timephased-reporting-data-in-Project-Online-da8487fe-899e-4510-a264-e2ebc948928c

This mentions only the following endpoints in relation to this change:

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You will also find that the ResourceDemandTimephasedDataSet endpoint is also impacted by this reporting setting if your projects are set to calculate the resource utilisation from the Project Plan / Project Plan Until. For example, if you have the timephased data setting set to Never as seen below and your projects resource utilisation is set to the Project Plan, the resource demand for those projects will not appear in the ResourceDemandTimephasedDataSet endpoint.

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Just something to be aware of.

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 / 2016 May 2018 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #PS2016 #SP2016 #MSProject

May 11, 2018 at 10:06 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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The Office 2016 May 2018 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4133083

Project 2016 May 2018 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4018373

SharePoint Server 2016 / Project Server 2016 May 2018 update: 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4018386 & https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4018381

The Office 2013 May 2018 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4133083

Project Server 2013 May 2018 CU Server Roll up package:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4018395

Project Server 2013 May 2018 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4022130

Project 2013 May 2018 update:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/4018379

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2880556 first if installing the May 2018 CU for 2013.

As always, fully test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.

#ProjectOnline #PowerApps using the Project Online Connector #PPM #Apps #MSProject #O365 Part3

April 26, 2018 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Functionality, Information | 1 Comment
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In part three of this series of blog posts we will look at using the CreateProject action from the Project Online PowerApps Connector. For those of you that missed part 1, here is a link: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/projectonline-powerapps-using-the-project-online-connector-ppm-apps-msproject-o365-part1/ and part 2: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/projectonline-powerapps-using-the-project-online-connector-ppm-apps-msproject-o365-part2/

The CreateProject action is: ProjectOnline.CreateProject({“PWASiteURL”}, {“ProjectName”},{Optional parameters}). As you can see, there is the PWA Site as one required parameter and the Project Name as the other. There are also optional parameters for description and start date as documented here. In this post we will add a new page to our example PowerApp to provide inputs to the parameters for the CreateProject action. Add a new blank screen to the PowerApp, in this example I called the new page NewProject:

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Next I added a label to the page to add “Create a new project:” then two text input boxes, one for the Project Name and one for the Project Description. The two text input box properties were updated to remove the default text and add hint text as seen below for the Project Name input box:

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Next a date picker was added to select the project start date along with two buttons, one to create the project and one to cancel / navigate back to the homepage. The button text was updated as required and the back button OnSelect property updated to navigate to the Projects page:

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The create button action for OnSelect would be ProjectOnline.CreateProject(“PWAURL”, TextInput1.Text,{Description: TextInput2.Text, Start: DatePicker1.SelectedDate}) as seen below:

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Update the control references such as TextInput1 as required. That is the minimum needed to create a new project but really there should be checks to ensure the name is set as that is a required parameter and also do things like clear the inputs once the project is created / navigate back the homepage automatically. Below is a simple example to ensure the project name input is not blank. Firstly add a new label with the text “Project Name is empty” then add a X icon:

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Now select both of those elements from the left menu and group them together:

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Now set the group visible property to Off:

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Select the X icon and update the OnSelect action to UpdateContext({alert:false}):

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Select the grouping then select the Visible property and change the value from false to alert:

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Now click the Create button as the OnSelect action needs to be updated to If(IsBlank(TextInput1.Text),UpdateContext({alert:true}),ProjectOnline.CreateProject(“PWAURL”, TextInput1.Text,{Description: TextInput2.Text, Start: DatePicker1.SelectedDate})) as seen below:

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Update the control references such as TextInput1 as required. Now if the Project Name input, in my example TextInput1, is empty the alert will be displayed with the X to close the alert:

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The final part of this app is to add a button / icon from the home screen to be able to create a new project by navigating to the NewProject screen:

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That’s it for now but hopefully enough to get you started with the Project Online Connector for PowerApps, there are more actions available for this connector and so much more you can do with PowerApps! Look out for more Project Online related PowerApps blog posts in the future.

#ProjectOnline #PowerApps using the Project Online Connector #PPM #Apps #MSProject #O365 Part2

April 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation | 2 Comments
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In part two of this series of blog posts we will look at using the ListTasks action from the Project Online PowerApps Connector. For those of you that missed part 1, here is a link: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/projectonline-powerapps-using-the-project-online-connector-ppm-apps-msproject-o365-part1/

The ListTasks action is: ProjectOnline.ListTasks("{ProjectGUID}","{"PWASiteURL}).value

As you can see we need to pass in two parameters here, the Project GUID and the PWA Site URL. As this requires the Project GUID, we will use the PowerApp we started with in part 1 and pass in the Project GUID from the first screen. Add another screen to your PowerApp, in this example I have just added a blank screen and renamed it to Tasks:

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Now add a data table to this new screen:

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With the new data table selected, click the Advanced option in the right pane:

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Now on the advanced settings pane, in DATA > Items enter:

ProjectOnline.ListTasks(Gallery2.Selected.Id,https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/pwa).value

Update the query as required, for example update to the correct gallery name and update to the correct PWA URL.

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Click “Choose the fields you want to add from the customization pane”, in this example I have selected Name and PercentComplete:

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Now I will add a label at the top of the screen to display the Project Name. With the label added to the screen, select the label and click the advanced setting pane:

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In DATA > Text starting typing the name of your gallery added to the first screen, select it then type “.” then click selected then “.” then click Name:

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Now the project name for the first project in the gallery will display:

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You could look to include an option here to add new tasks if you wanted, the action to use would be: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/connectors/projectonline/#creates-new-task

Now we need to add in a control to be able to navigate back to the projects screen, I have just added a left arrow icon then updated the OnSelect property in the advanced settings pane to navigate to the projects screen:

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Now on the Projects screen we need to update the next icon on the gallery to navigate to the Tasks screen, select the icon and update the OnSelect property on the advanced pane:

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Now you have an app that will display a list of all projects directly from Project Online, then access the tasks from that selected project.

Next up we will look at create new projects in Project Online using the CreateProject action.

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