#Agile now available in #MSProject #Kanban #Scrum #Sprints #Tasks

October 25, 2017 at 7:57 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information | Leave a comment
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Agile is now available in Microsoft Project! This is available on the following build version or later: 8625.2055 Click-to-Run. This build version is available on the Insider – formerly Insider Fast or Monthly Channel (Targeted) – formerly Insider Slow. This post is an intro to the new features. On the New menu you will see three new projects as highlighted below:

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The three new project types are:

  • Scrum Project
  • Kanban Project
  • Waterfall Project

Firstly, “Waterfall Project” is the traditional type of project that is the same as using “Blank Project”. When creating either of these you will notice some new views in Project:

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These views are available regardless of the project type selected. I can insert the new Board Status and Sprint fields in to the default Gantt Chart view:

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Switching views, I can then see these test tasks on the associated board views:

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Both of these provide the ability to add new tasks as well as drag and drop capabilities to move tasks to different columns / statuses. On the board view you can add / update the columns / buckets, once updated here the Board Status column in the table views will have the updated values. Regardless of the view, you can use the Format tab option on the Task Boards Tools ribbon to change the columns:

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More on these in when we look at the new project types.

Creating a Scrum Project or a Kanban Project gives you some other functionality. Starting with a Scrum Project (purely because it is first in the list) we can see the new project below:

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The Scrum Project defaults to open with the Sprint Planning Board as the active view. On the ribbon you will also notice there is an Agile Tools Scrum tab as well as the previously seen Task Board Tools Format tab.

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The Planning button enables you to switch between the two Sprint Planning views:

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The Sprint button enables you to switch between the two Current Sprint views:

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The All button enables you to switch to the Agile Tasks view which is a filtered tabular view that only shows tasks that are tagged as Agile = Yes.

Adjust allows you to manage the sprints. This creates three automatically for you:

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By default the sprints are generated using the project finish date but you can change to manage this via a custom date if needed:

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The Agile button enables you to change your project to a different Agile methodology:

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Switching between Scrum / Kanban / None just changes the options you have on the ribbon. Changing to None will remove all the Agile options ribbon but you can use the Project tab to change your project back to an Agile methodology:

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Tasks can be moved to different sprints or status using the board view with drag and drop or just the familiar drop down menus on the table views.

Switching to Kanban, the options change to enable you to switch backlog views:

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When creating a new Kanban project, the default view is the Backlog Board.

The All button enables you to switch to the Agile Tasks view which is a filtered tabular view that only shows tasks that are tagged as Agile = Yes. Then you have the same Agile button too.

There are also new default Agile reports:

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Here is the Agile – Task Status report as an example:

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This new feature is a client side feature only, this capability is not available in PWA. All of the new fields in Project such as Agile, Sprint and Board Status are in Project only.

If you are looking to use an Agile methodology to manage your projects in Microsoft Project, take a look at this new feature as it allows you to manage a single project using a combination of methodologies if you wish.

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CPS’ PS+ solution is an Award Winner at the #Microsoft Partner Awards #WPC16 for #PPM #ProjectOnline / #ProjectServer

May 31, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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I am pleased to announce that CPS’ PS+ solution was an Award Winner in the recent Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards 2016 in the Project and Portfolio Management Competency.

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http://projectserverplus.com/project-and-portfolio-management-award-winner-2016/

http://www.cps.co.uk/blog/cps-named-microsoft-project-portfolio-management-award-winner-2016/

For a full list of winners and finalists see:

https://partner.microsoft.com/en-GB/WPC/awards

Great work to all the partners that received awards.

Announcing #Project Virtual Conference for #Microsoft #MSProject, #ProjectOnline and #ProjectServer #PPM #ProjectVconf

June 8, 2015 at 12:47 pm | Posted in Administration, Functionality, Information | 2 Comments
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Announced today is the “Project Virtual Conference”, which is a free online conference on 22nd October 2015 that will run for 24 hours – get the date in your calendars 🙂

The conference is focused on Microsoft Project, Project Online and Project Server and is being organised by a volunteers with a lot of support from a few Project MVPs.

To stay updated follow the Project Virtual Conference site here: http://projectvirtualconference.com 

Follow the Twitter @ProjectVConf handle and use the #ProjectVconf hashtag for all Twitter activity.

CPS’ PS+ solution is an Award Finalist at the #Microsoft Partner Awards #WPC15 for #PPM #ProjectOnline / #ProjectServer

June 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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I am pleased to announce that CPS’ PS+ solution was an Award Finalist in the recent Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards 2015 in the Project and Portfolio Management Competency. This is the second year running that the PS+ solution has been an award finalist.

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For a full list of winners and finalists see:

https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/WPC/awards.aspx

http://news.microsoft.com/2015/06/02/microsoft-announces-2015-partner-of-the-year-winners-and-finalists/

Great work to all the partners that received awards.

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 September 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

September 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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The Office 2013 September 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2995905

Project Server 2013 September 2014 Server Roll up package:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883072

Project Server 2013 September 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2889856

Project 2013 September 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2889883

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install the March 2013 Public update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768001 or Service Pack 1: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880553 if installing the September 2014 CU.

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

#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 July 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

July 16, 2014 at 10:25 am | Posted in Administration, CU, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Installation | Leave a comment
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The Office 2013 products will now get monthly cumulative updates, the Office 2013 July 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2978164

Project Server 2013 July 2014 Server Roll up package:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882990

Project Server 2013 July 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882995

Project 2013 July 2014 CU:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882986

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install the March 2013 Public update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768001 or Service Pack 1: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880553 if installing the July 2014 CU.

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

For more details see the following:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/07/15/microsoft-project-server-2013-july-2014-cu-announcement.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brismith/archive/2014/07/15/the-first-ever-project-and-project-server-2013-july-cu.aspx

Most Business Value #App for #Office #Project 2013 just got better #Office365 #ProjectOnline

May 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Leave a comment
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CPS’ free Task Auditor App for Project 2013 just got better. The App that won 1st place for Most Business Value in the recent App Awards now supports Dutch and Swedish locales. Download today:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/store/task-auditor-WA104172076.aspx

See the blog post below for details on the app:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/free-project-2013-app-from-cps-office365-office-apps-projectserver-projectonline/

CPS’ #Office #Project Task Auditor #App wins first place at #SPC14 App #Awards #SharePoint

March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Functionality, Information | 2 Comments
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The Task Auditor app from CPS won first place for the “Most Business Value Project” App at the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas:

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This is a free Project task pane app, go try it out and see what you think Smile

See the links below for details:

App store: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/task-auditor-WA104172076.aspx

Product site: http://www.projectserverplus.com/apps.html 

Blog post: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/free-project-2013-app-from-cps-office365-office-apps-projectserver-projectonline/

Free #Project 2013 App from CPS #Office365 #Office #Apps #ProjectServer #ProjectOnline

December 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Add-on, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 4 Comments
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Just a quick post to highlight a new app that CPS have released for Project 2013, this is the Task Auditor app and can be downloaded using the link below:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/task-auditor-WA104172076.aspx

The app can be seen below:

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The home page gives a description of the app but also contains a check box to allow the use of Cookies – if you don’t allow the use of Cookies then the configuration settings will not be available and some of the checks might not be 100% accurate.

After checking the check box to allow Cookies, clicking on a task update the app to show the results for the particular task:

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At this point also notice there are three tabs, Task, Configure and Help. If you don’t allow Cookies the Configure and Help Tabs will not be visible. The Task Tab displays the checks / tests results for the selected task. The Configure Tab allows the user the enter duration settings and date format:

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This is to allow correct calculations for a couple of the checks. These settings are saved and only have to be updated once / as required.

The Help Tab gives details / support for the Configure Tab:

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The tests carried out will depend on the type of task selected, Milestone, Summary Task, Work Task etc. The images below show a summary task selected and then a normal work task selected:

Summary Task:

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Work Task:

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Hovering over the checks, a tooltip gives more information on the check:

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Take a look, its free Smile

Create #ProjectServer 2010 #MSProject 2010 accounts with #PowerShell #PS2010 #SP2010 #MSOffice

January 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Administration, Customisation, Installation, PowerShell | 1 Comment
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Quite often system administrators want a way to automate tasks, creating the Project Server Project Professional  accounts is usually one of these tasks. This blog post shows an example of creating a Project Professional 2010 account.

The script can be downloaded from the Script Center following the link below:

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Create-Server-2010-dfb0fbba

When creating an account, a registry key is created here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\MS Project\Profiles\<Profile Name>

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After running the script, a new registry key will appear:

Script:

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Before running the script you will need to update two variables, $accountName and $pwaURL with the correct values.

New Key after executing the script:

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As you can see, the script only creates three string values (excluding the default), the rest get created when you launch Project Professional 2010 and connect to the new account:

New account:

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Additional string values:

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A simple solution for creating Project Professional 2010 accounts.

I recommend that this script is tested thoroughly on a test workstation before using within a production environment.

This script is just an example, use this script at your own risk. Remember to always backup the Registry before making any changes.

This script is probably a better approach to the Registry key export detailed in a post I wrote a while back:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/customise-project-professional-2010-installation-projectserver-ps2010-msproject-office2010/

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