#ProjectOnline and adaptive cards in #MicrosoftTeams using #MicrosoftFlow for Project Owner actions #PPM #ProjectManagement #MSProject #Office365 #PowerPlatform

August 24, 2019 at 9:26 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting, Workflow | Leave a comment
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In my previous blog post I created an example of how a combination of Microsoft Teams, Adaptive Cards and Microsoft Flow can be used for project escalations by posting a card into a Microsoft Team for the PMO. In this post I’ve got a slightly different example that posts a card to a Project Owner to escalate to the project owner to action. For those that didn’t see my previous post, here is the link: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/projectonline-and-adaptive-cards-in-microsoftteams-using-microsoftflow-for-project-escalations-ppm-projectmanagement-msproject-office365/

This example will post to the project owner when the project hasn’t been updated for the given period of time but the logic could easily be updated to another type of check. This has similar logic to the Flow I published last month: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/projectonline-custom-email-notifications-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-msproject-exchange-office365-powerplatform-planner-part-3/ 

Like in the previous adaptive card post, I used https://adaptivecards.io/designer/ to design this simple card, this time it’s slightly simpler for this example:

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There are a few more actions in the Flow compared to the previous adaptive card example as this runs on a schedule and we need to perform an extra call to get the Project Owners email address. Here is the Flow overview:

FlowSummary

The trigger is based on a schedule, in this example it is running weekly as this example checks which projects have not be published in that time. Then the Flow uses the Get past time action to get the date in the past, for this example it’s 5 days ago. These steps can be seen below:

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The next action is a SharePoint HTTP action to query the ProjectData API in Project Online to get all projects that have not been published in 5 days using the get past time value and also where the projects are not 100 completed:

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The logic can be changed by updating the OData query in the Uri property if you wanted to get projects based on other criteria. Next the Flow uses an apply to each action as the previous action could return more than one project, the output from the previous action is used for the input:

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Within the apply to each action the Flow then uses another SharePoint HTTP action to query the ProjectServer API (note: not ProjectData so the account used in the connections will need access to all projects + the reporting OData API) to get the Project Owner details for the current project by passing in the ProjectId using the expression items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’]:

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Now the Flow has all the data to post the adaptive card to the project owner using the JSON payload as seen in the action below. This is posted to the project owner using the expression body(‘GetProjectOwnerDetails’)[‘Email’]. There are some dynamic values passed into the JSON too for the ProjectName items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectName’] and the ProjectId items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’]:

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We also set the advanced options on this action to alert the user in Teams:

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When the Flow runs this will post to the project owner in Microsoft Teams, on my test Project Online instance I’m the owner for all the test projects so this posted to my Teams client. The alerts are displayed as seen below:

FlowTeamsAlerts

Cards are posted to the project owners Flow chat too as seen below for the projects I own that need updating:

FlowTeamsCards

The owner can then easily click the access project button to go and update the project/s as required.

Another simple low / no code option for integrating Office 365 Project Online and Microsoft Teams using Microsoft Flow.

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#ProjectOnline and adaptive cards in #MicrosoftTeams using #MicrosoftFlow for Project escalations #PPM #ProjectManagement #MSProject #Office365

August 18, 2019 at 7:58 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting, Workflow | 1 Comment
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As Microsoft Teams is the place to be currently I thought I would blog another option for integrating Office 365 Project Online data in Teams. My previous Teams post example was to create a Team and channel for a Project as seen here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/create-a-microsoftteam-for-a-projectonline-project-using-microsoftflow-office365-microsoftgraph-ppm-workmanagement-powerplatform-azuread-collaboration-automation-part1/ & here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/06/13/create-a-microsoftteam-for-a-projectonline-project-using-microsoftflow-office365-microsoftgraph-ppm-workmanagement-powerplatform-azuread-collaboration-automation-part2/ This time we will look at adaptive cards in Teams.

Adaptive cards are not new so I wont go into detail here but if you have not used adaptive cards before, start here: https://adaptivecards.io/. There are two handy Microsoft Flow Teams actions for adaptive cards:

FlowActions

Using Microsoft Flow, I’ve built a simple Flow that posts a card in the specified channel if the published project matches the criteria, in this example I’m posting a card for projects that have a red RAG status field. I designed the card using the adaptive card designer:

CardDesigner

The Flow is very simple as seen below:

Flow1

This Flow is triggered when a project is published – this is a full project publish from either Project Online Desktop or the schedule PDP. The Flow then uses the SharePoint HTTP action to query the ProjectData API:

Flow1

Update the Uri as needed for your PWA configuration / fields you might want to use. Here we also pass in the project ID for the published project.

Next is a condition action to check for a value specific, in this example we are checking if the RAGPMStatus field has a value of “Slipped and cannot mitigate [Red]”:

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If this is true, the Flow posts the card to the channel, if it’s false the Flow ends:

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I’m posting to my example PMO Team in the Project Escalations channel. Once the Team and Channel are set, then the JSON is entered. The JSON defines the card:

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As mentioned earlier on, I used the card designer to easily build my card with the correct JSON, I then copied this into the Flow action Message field then updated the content that needed to be dynamic such as the Project Name, Owner, RAG PM Status, Project description and action URLs. This is done using the expression option such as: body(‘QueryProjectStatusRAG’)[‘fieldName’]. Once a card is created, this is the output in Teams as you can see below for my two demo projects:

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Your cards will look different based on how you design them, they will probably look a lot better too! On this card I have a background image, an image on the card, some project details then a button to access the project and another button to access the project site.

Another simple example of Microsoft Teams integration for Project Online!

#ProjectOnline custom #email notifications using #MSFlow #MicrosoftFlow #PPM #PMOT #MSProject #Exchange #Office365 #PowerPlatform #Planner Part 3

July 31, 2019 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting, Workflow | 1 Comment
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It’s been a while since I published the last post in this mini series due to getting carried away with other Microsoft Flow goodness for Project Online. The previous post in this custom email notification series can be found below:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/projectonline-custom-email-notifications-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-msproject-exchange-office365-powerplatform-part-2/

In the final part of this email notification series we send an email with a list of projects that have not been published in the defined period, in this example it’s set to 5 days. The Flow also creates a task in Microsoft Planner for the user to chase the project owners to update their project plans. The Flow summary can be seen below:

FlowSummary

The trigger is based on a schedule, in this example it is running weekly. Then the Flow uses the Get past time action to get the date in the past, in this example 5 days ago. A compose action is then used to get todays date in the required format. These steps can be seen below:

Flow1

The Flow then use the SharePoint HTTP action to query the ProjectData API to get the list of Projects where the last published date is on or before the past time date, in this case 5 days ago. The logic here would be changed for your requirements, for example you would also filter out projects that were completed / closed. The next action is a Create HTML table action, here we just pass in the results from the HTTP action as seen in the tooltip displayed in the screenshot below:

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The final 2 actions in this Flow create the Planner task and then send the email. We pass in some variables to create the Planner task, in this example we use the output from the Today action to use todays date in the Title and used to set the due date. The task gets assigned to me in this example so I would put my PMO hat on, this would be assigned to someone in the organisation who would be checking project plan quality etc. Then the Flow sends an email, typically this could go to an individual, likely the same person the Planner task is assigned to, or it could go to a multiple people or a group / distribution list etc. In the body on the email the output from the create HTML table action is used and also the task Id for the new planner task:

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When this Flow runs, this results in a new Planner task being created in the selected Planner plan:

PlannerTask

Then the email is sent out:

Email

As you can see, the email contains a table of test projects from my test Project Online instance that have not been published in the last 5 days and also a link to the task I have assigned in Planner.

Look out for more Microsoft Flow / PowerApps examples for Project Online in the future. For previous examples I have done, this links includes most: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/tag/power-platform/

#ProjectOnline Risk to Issue Escalator built using #MicrosoftFlow #Office365 #SharePoint #JavaScript #PPM #ProjectManagement #MSProject #PMOT #PMO

July 11, 2019 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Workflow | Leave a comment
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More Microsoft Flow action here in this post, this time building a Risk to Issue escalator for Office 365 Project Online. In project management risks sometimes unfortunately turn into issues. When this event occurs it’s useful to be able to copy over some useful information from the risk item and automatically create that issue item with some of the risk data. In this blog post I will show you a simple solution to do this using a combination of Microsoft Flow, Project Online, SharePoint and a tiny bit of JavaScript.

Firstly let’s take a quick look an example risks list on my test Project Online PWA site:

Risks List

This is pretty standard apart from two new columns Escalate? and EscalatedDate. The Escalate? column is used to tag the risks that need escalating and the EscalatedDate column is used to hold the date when the risk was escalated to an issue. The issues list in this example is just standard out of the box. On the Risks page I also have a button labelled “Escalate Risks” this is used to create an item on a central risk to issue escalation tracker list on the root PWA SharePoint site. There is a simple bit of JavaScript code behind the button as seen below:

JavaScript

This JavaScript file is added to a central library in PWA and added to the Project Sites on the Risks Allitems view page using a content editor web part. The code gets the project site title, Project GUID and Project Site URL from the associated Project Site then creates a list item on the central Project Risk to Issue Escalation Tracker list:

Risk to Issue Tracker

This simple example JavaScript code always creates items on the central list but in production you would only create the items if there were risks to escalate. EscalationDate defaults to today’s date, Completed defaults to No and the CountOfRisksEscalated is blank by default. The process of adding the escalation item here has two purposes, one to track the history of what risks are escalated so this can be reported on but also trigger the Microsoft Flow to carry out the escalation. The Microsoft Flow can be seen below:

Flow

The Flow trigger and actions are detailed below:

Flow Trigger

The Flow is trigger when an item is created in the Project Risk to Issue Escalation Tracker list then a SharePoint Get Items action is used. The ProjectSiteUrl property from the trigger action is used to dynamically set the correct site address. This action gets items from the risks list on the correct project site where the risks are tagged for escalation and have not yet been escalated.

Then an Apply to each action is used and the result from the Get Items action is passed in:

Apply to each

Inside the apply to action there is a SharePoint HTTP action to create the issue item using a REST call. Inside the body, JSON defines how to create the new item. For the issue columns in here, the values from the risks fields are used, this is where you can update this to map other risk columns to issue columns, the expression for the risk data is similar to this items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘Category’][‘value’] for lookup columns or this for default text fields items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘Description’]

Then another SharePoint HTTP action is used to update the risk item via REST:

RiskItem

The current risk ID is passed in to the Uri (items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘Id’]). The only column updated is the EscalatedDate column on the risk list with the date the risk was escalated.

The final action in this Flow is a SharePoint Update Item action to update the SharePoint item on the central Project Risk to Issue Escalation Tracker list:

Tracker Update

The item Id and ProjectName are passed in from the Trigger data but these values have not changed. The Completed column is set to Yes and the CountOfRisksEscalated is set using the length expression to count the number of items in the array from the first action: length(body(‘Get_items’)?[‘value’])

That’s it, a simple low / no code configurable solution starter for Risk to Issue escalation in Office 365 Project Online. A video of this solution starter in action can be seen here: https://youtu.be/IgKxDuu1sng

Create a #MicrosoftTeam for a #ProjectOnline Project using #MicrosoftFlow #Office365 #MicrosoftGraph #PPM #WorkManagement #PowerPlatform #AzureAD #Collaboration #Automation Part2

June 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Workarounds | 1 Comment
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Following on from my last blog post where I started to walkthrough a new Microsoft Flow I created for creating a Microsoft Team for a Project Online project, here is the final part of the Flow. For those that missed part 1, a link can be found below:

https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/create-a-microsoftteam-for-a-projectonline-project-using-microsoftflow-office365-microsoftgraph-ppm-workmanagement-powerplatform-azuread-collaboration-automation-part1/

In the last post we finished off where the Flow action had sent the request to the Graph API to create the new Team with the new channel and new web site tab and then discussed the 202 response and teamsAsyncOperation process. The next part of the Flow’s job is to get the new Teams webUrl and update the Team URL project level custom field in Project Online.

If the Status Code response is 202 to indicate its been accepted, the Flow them moves on to the next action which is a Parse JSON action to get the Location property from the headers output from the previous HTTP action response:

Parse JSON Action 

Then with the Location value another HTTP action is used to call the Graph API:

HTTPTeamResourceLocation

This performs an HTTP GET request to the Graph API to get the targetResourceLocation property from the newly created Microsoft Team, the Location property from the previous Parse JSON action is used in the URI. The advanced options are the same for all HTTP actions where the Graph API is used so I’ve not expanded this is this post – see part 1 for details.

The next action is another Parse JSON from the previous HTTPTeamResourceLocation HTTP action message body:

Parse JSON 2

This time the targetResourceLocation property is needed. Then the final Graph API call is performed to get the webUrl for the newly create Microsoft Team with another GET request. The targetResourceLocation property from the previous Parse JSON action is used in the URI:

HTTPTeamWebUrl

The Flow then moves on to the final Parse JSON action to parse the data returned in the HTTPTeamWebUrl message body:

Parse JSON 3

The Flow now has the new Microsoft Team web URL to update the Project Online project level custom field. The next Flow action is a Checkout project action:

Checkout Project

This action will checkout the project, the expression used here for the Project Id property is items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’].

The next action is a SharePoint HTTP action to perform a REST call to POST to the Project Online CSOM REST API to update the custom field, this uses the same expression in the URI items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’] :

UpdateProjectTeamUrl

In the REST call data is sent in the body of the request. This contains the correct internal custom field name for the “Team URL” project field and the custom field value to update the field with, which is the webUrl from the previous Parse JSON 3 action. The internal custom field name would need to be updated to the correct field from your PWA instance.

The final action in this example Flow is Checkin and publish project:

Checkin and publish project

This action will publish the project after updating the custom field and check in the project, the expression used here for the Project Id property is items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’].

Here are some projects that have been updated and have Microsoft Teams created:

Projects

Here is a Team for one of the test project – “1 Paul Mather Test Project 2”:

Team

This Team has the new Project channel and the Project Page web site tab that loads the Project Details Page from PWA:

Channel

That’s it, a simple low / no code solution to create Microsoft Teams for Office 365 Project Online projects! To use this in production it needs some additional work to handle various different scenarios but hopefully this is a good starting point for someone looking to do something similar.

I will look to provide a download link for this solution starter Flow in the next few days but will post the link on my blog.

Create a #MicrosoftTeam for a #ProjectOnline Project using #MicrosoftFlow #Office365 #MicrosoftGraph #PPM #WorkManagement #PowerPlatform #AzureAD #Collaboration #Automation Part1

June 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Workarounds | 2 Comments
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Following on from my Microsoft Flow theme of blog posts lately, I am a big fan of the Power Platform in general, but I love Microsoft Flow for building low / no code solutions for Office 365 Project Online. In part 1 of this blog post I will start to walkthrough a new Microsoft Flow I have created that will create a new Microsoft Team for a Project Online project with a new channel and web site tab in the channel that displays the Project PDP directly in Teams. This makes use of 2 Project level enterprise custom fields in PWA, in this example I have one flag field called “Team Required?” and one text field called “Team URL”. The flag field is used to control / request a Microsoft Team for the project and the Team URL is used to store a web URL to the newly created Microsoft Team. This Flow has a few actions, these can be seen below:

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Inside the for each loop:

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Inside the condition check:

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The connections used in this Flow are:

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The account used has full admin access to the Project Online PWA instance.

This is a scheduled Flow, I have set this to run daily, but configure the frequency as required:

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It’s probably best to schedule it out of hours so that hopefully the projects it creates Microsoft Teams for are checked in at the time the Flow runs as it will edit the Team URL custom field for that project.

Next we set some variables, these variable are used when using the HTTP action to call the Microsoft Graph API. You will need to create an Azure AD app in the Azure Portal and grant it Group.ReadWrite.All Application access:

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When creating the Azure AD App you will need to make note of the Application (client) ID and the Directory (tenant) ID:

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You will also have to create a client secret for the app (keep this secure but make a note of the secret as you can’t view it after!):

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These three strings / IDs are used in the three variables set in the Flow:

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The next action is a REST call to the ProjectData API to get a the Project details for projects requesting a Microsoft Team but filtering out those that already have a Team created using this URL:

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The full action details can be seen below:

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The next  action is an Apply to each loop as the REST call could return more than one project the result array:

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The input used is body(‘GetAllProjectsRequiringTeamCreation’)[‘value’], this is added as an expression.

The next action is another REST call but this time to the Project CSOM REST API – notice /ProjectServer rather than /ProjectData, this is the get the Project Owner’s user principal name as this is used later to set the Team / Office 365 group owner:

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A variable is passed in to the URI to get the data for the current project, the expression used here is items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’].

Then a Get user profile (V2) action is used, this is used to get the user ID:

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The expression used here is body(‘GetProjectOwnerUPN’)[‘UserPrincipalName’]

The Flow now has all the data required to go and create the Microsoft Team, the next action is a standard Flow HTTP action:

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In this action, an HTTP POST is used to post the JSON data defined in the body to the teams endpoint in the Microsoft Graph API to create the Team. Walking through the body of the request, firstly the the team template is set, in this example it is just the standard template, then the display name is set, here the items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectName’] expression is used. The team description is then set using same text and the same expression used in the display name. Then the owner is set using the Id property in the Dynamic content from the Get user profile (v2) action. That is the basic properties set to create this team. This example creates a public team, you could look to also set the visibility property to private if you wanted a private team, the default visibility is public. In this example, a new channel is also defined, the channel display name and description is set. Within that new channel a new website tab is also defined setting the tab name and contentUrl / websiteUrl. For the URLs, this creates a web site tab with a link to the Project schedule PDP as an example, the items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ProjectId’] expression variable is used to dynamically pass in the correct project ID.

The next action is a condition action to check the response back from the Graph API:

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This uses the Status Code output from the HTTP action, a 202 response indicates the API call was accepted, it doesn’t mean the process is completed as creating a team generates a teamsAsyncOperation to create the team. It is recommended to make a GET request to the Location found in the response header until that call is successful and returns the targetResourceLocation, retry every 30 seconds etc. This example Flow doesn’t perform the retry, it just attempts the call to the location and would fail if it is not completed. That would need to be handled in a production environment but in this test instance I’ve not had this fail yet (works on my machine Smile). I will offer this Flow solution starter as a download but before I do that, I will probably at least put a delay in before making the GET request to the location.

In the part 2 of the this blog post later this week, the rest of the Flow will be detailed.

#Microsoft #Planner Tasks in #ToDo #Office365 #WorkManagement #TaskManagement #PPM #Project

May 6, 2019 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Administration, Functionality, Information | Comments Off on #Microsoft #Planner Tasks in #ToDo #Office365 #WorkManagement #TaskManagement #PPM #Project
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A quick blog post to highlight a new feature in Microsoft Planner and Microsoft To-Do, you can now sync your Planner tasks into Microsoft To-Do!

When you access Microsoft To-Do you will see a notification in the bottom left corner asking if you want to track tasks assigned to you in Planner as seen below:

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Click Show list, this then adds the “Assigned to Me” list:

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Ignore the test planner tasks I have assigned, this is from one of my example Flows for Project Online!

Clicking a task will load the task details pane on the right hand side:

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From here I can mark the task as complete, update the Due Date, add notes or click the link to open the task directly in Planner. Marking as complete, updating the due date or adding notes from To-Do updates the task in Planner so you can manage your tasks all from To-Do without leaving!

Here is a short video showing this new feature: https://youtu.be/y4NFZ-xqeCo

Another awesome update from Microsoft!

#ProjectOnline custom #email notifications using #MSFlow #MicrosoftFlow #PPM #PMOT #MSProject #Exchange #Office365 #PowerPlatform Part 2

April 30, 2019 at 8:22 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Workflow | Comments Off on #ProjectOnline custom #email notifications using #MSFlow #MicrosoftFlow #PPM #PMOT #MSProject #Exchange #Office365 #PowerPlatform Part 2
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Following on from my last post on email notifications using Microsoft Flow, this post looks at further examples. Part 1 can be found here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/projectonline-custom-email-notifications-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-msproject-exchange-office365-powerplatform-part-1/

In case you missed it, I also published a video last week with a simple example Flow to send the project owner an email on project creation: https://youtu.be/CCdxUqBrhEA

In part 2 we will look another example email notification to email each resource the projects they are assigned to for the coming week. The Flow can be seen below:

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This is triggered on schedule as seen below, update as needed:

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The Flow then gets some date time values using the Date Time actions for the current date time and a future date time:

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The Flow then fires off an HTTP request to SharePoint to get a list of resources with email addresses from the Project Online Odata Reporting API:

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Then using an Apply to each action we send an email to the assigned resources. Firstly we pass in the output from the previous step, which is:

body(‘GetAllResourcesWithEmailAddresses’)[‘value’]

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Then inside the loop we perform another HTTP call to SharePoint, this time to get the resource’s assignments for the week by querying the Project Online Odata Reporting API as seen below:

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Here we are passing in 3 variables to the Odata query:

  • ResourceId which is the following expression added in: items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ResourceId’]
  • Current time and Future time to filter the data returned from the time phased resource demand endpoint to this week, these are the outputs from the previous date time actions:

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The Flow then creates an HTML table from the data returned from the previous action:

body(‘GetAllResourceAssignments’)[‘value’]

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Then the final action in the Flow is to send an email:

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The To value is an expression: items(‘Apply_to_each’)[‘ResourceEmailAddress’]

Update the email body as needed and include the output from Create HTML table action.

This will result in an email being sent to all resources in Project Online with email addresses containing their weekly assignments detailing the projects that they are working on, here is an example email:

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Another example that demonstrates how easily custom email notifications can be created for Project Online using Microsoft Flow.

Update: New #YouTube channel for all things related to #Microsoft #PPM #ProjectOnline #Office365 #Videos

April 23, 2019 at 11:49 pm | Posted in Administration, Customisation, Functionality, Information | Comments Off on Update: New #YouTube channel for all things related to #Microsoft #PPM #ProjectOnline #Office365 #Videos
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Just a quick post to highlight my new YouTube channel for all things related to Microsoft PPM including Project, Project Online, PowerApps, Flow etc. I will still be blogging here but I will also compliment some blog posts with short video clips where applicable. I will also post some videos that do not have accompanying blog posts such as my first video here:

https://youtu.be/CCdxUqBrhEA

This is a short video on a very simple Microsoft Flow that sends a quick email to the project owner when a new project is created in Project Online. I would like to hear your feedback and whether this is something that you would like to see more of / find useful.

If you do want to see more videos please subscribe to my channel below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_b_pa1ADKlUqIpLK9AmR1g?sub_confirmation=1

Look out for more videos coming soon!

#ProjectOnline custom #email notifications using #MSFlow #MicrosoftFlow #PPM #PMOT #MSProject #Exchange #Office365 #PowerPlatform Part 1

March 18, 2019 at 9:26 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Workflow | 1 Comment
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This blogs post has been delayed due to all of my blog posts on Microsoft’s new Roadmap service – summary post here with most of the posts: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/03/01/project-roadmap-cds-app-overview-ppm-projectmanagement-msproject-projectonline-office365-powerplatfom-dynamics365/

This post continues the series of posts I started to do in December 2018 following on from a Microsoft Tech Sync session where I presented a session on Project Online and Flow better together. As it’s been a while, here are links to the previous posts:

Post 1: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/projectonline-publish-all-projects-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform-part-1/

Post 2: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/projectonline-publish-all-projects-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform-part-2/

Post 3: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/projectonline-snapshot-data-to-sharepoint-list-using-msflow-microsoftflow-ppm-pmot-office365-powerplatform/

In this post we take a look at an option for building custom email notifications with a no code / low code solutions using Microsoft Flow. This example sends an email for projects that are running late. There are two simple versions for this, one with a details table in the email and one with just the project name but includes hyperlinks in the email to the project detail page. These are both very similar, the first one can be seen below:

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This is triggered on the Recurrence trigger, set based on your requirement. This then uses the Sent an HTTP request to SharePoint action to query the Project Online OData Reporting API:

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This will control the data that is included in the email, so this OData query can be updated based on your requirements. Next the Flow uses the Create an HTML table action:

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For this action we pass in the project data array from the previous action using a custom expression:

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The final action is to send the email:

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In the body of the email here we are just using the output from the previous Create HTML table action:

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This results in an email being sent with the data from the OData query used (these are just my test projects and not real projects!):

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Very simple! Sticking with the same theme for late projects but this time the email contains hyperlinks into the projects, this Flow is slightly different:

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The difference here is we do not use the Create HTML table action but instead use Select and Join from the Data Operations actions. Firstly the select actions looks like this:

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The Select action is used to transform the data in the results array from the previous step. Just the same as the Create HTML table in the first example, we pass in the project data array value from the previous action into the From property. Then the Select action was changed to use the text mode using the toggle option outlined in red below:

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In Map properties, transform the data as needed in the email such as:

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Here we are building up a URL passing in the ProjectId for the PDP URL (update to the correct PDP) and the ProjectName for the URL title. Then we use the Join Data Operations action to put each project on a new row in the email:

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The From property is just using the Output from the previous Select action:

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Then the final action is the email:

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Note the Is HTML property is set to Yes. In the Body we type the email body as required plus the Output from the previous Join action:

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Then the email is sent on the defined schedule with clickable links to the Project Detail Pages (again, these are just my test projects and not real live projects!):

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These are two simple examples but as you can see, it’s very easy to build Project Online related emails using Microsoft Flow. I have some more examples in my next posts coming soon.

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