Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Microsoft ROADMAP available, have a look!

Finally Microsoft ROADMAP is available for lucky us! Depending on your your region, you’ll start to see Roadmap roll out worldwide to commercial customers.
For those who still haven't heard about the future of Project, here is the annoucement for Howard Crow and a video from Orlando MS Ignite about the upcoming new features.

I'll publish a more detailled post later on, but right now, I just want to share with you my first impression as activating and discovering Project ROADMAP.

First you need to activate the Roadmap feature in the O365 Central Admin.

Then on the new Project Homepage, you'll find under "create new" button a "ROADMAP" item in addition to the existing project creation item.

After that, I add to wait for some time, maybe around 10 minutes, which I found to be quite long. Reading the message, the feature is getting setting up for the first time so it requires some time to compute. Note that I was using a demo tenant which might not be optimized like customer tenants. Note also that it is definitely a good news to finally have relevant and contextual message while you're waiting for an operation to be processed. It reminds me the new contextual message when you are publishing a project from PWA. Here is a reference.  

Once initiated, you'll start from an empty page proposing a timeline with a zoom and a member list.

When you create a first project (not sure if I should call it a "project"...), you specify a name, an owner (Anna) and you can connect it to an existing project from Project Online or to an Azure Board.

When trying to connect the new project to a Project Online project, you have to enter the PWA tenant URL then a project (once the URL is getting validated). 
Once the project selected, it seems like you're using FLOW to get updates to roadmap from Project Online.

You can then select a task:

And it will be added to the roadmap in the new project.

You can also add a key milestones.

You can also add members to the roadmap itself, but not specifically to the single project (line) inside the roadmap.

This was a quick review of the new roadmap feature. I can tell you that I'm pretty excited.
Do not hesitate to ask questions or to suggest improvments to Microsft through the UserVoice.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Project Server 2019 Released

In a fast pace changing environment, Microsoft is continuously improving its Project Management platform via Project Online. While traditionally all enhancements are released in real time via Project Online, just one of the benefits of being in the cloud, Microsoft has released a bundled three-year snapshot of enhancements to its 2019 product for their loyal on-premises clients.

What’s new in Project Server 2019?

 Agile Delivery in your day to day Project Management Software

The new Project Server 2019 release introduces higher performance resulting from optimizations applied in the database layers.  Additional benefits include:

  Continuous PPM Innovation

Microsoft Project Server has been built on continuous PPM Innovation.  While Project Server 2019 is an on-premise version, you can connect to it from several desktop clients.
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Indented Schedule Tasks in Power BI #Tips

The other day, one of my US colleague asked our internal community for help in displaying project tasks in a table. The tricky part is that he wanted to display the task names indented as Microsoft Project would do. One of my fellow colleague (Jean Lieverman) working on Project Online and Power BI replied with the simplest yet super clever solution. 
I was so excited to see such a clever call that I wanted to share!

Here is the result
As you can see, we have here a nice table with indented tasks based on the outline level of the tasks.

The awesomeness is not necessarily in the visual result but in the way it has been built To get to that result, Jean created a new column (right click on the tasks table and add column) called "Task Padded" with the following formula:
Task Padded = REPT ( "     ", Tasks[TaskOutlineLevel] ) & Tasks[Task Name]

The formula will add as much tabulations as the outline number which references the level of indentation. Use that new column in your matrix or table and you are all set!

I hope that will help some people who might want to achieve the same.
Special Credit to Jean 👍
Take care.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Guest on Erik Van Hurck Blog about Project User Voice

I've been invited by Erik van Hurck to co-author a post on his blog. Erik has been awarded MVP Project for the first time this year. It is well deserved and the entire MVP community has pushed hard on the MVP program to ensure Erik's application will be closely looked.

If you haven't yet visited Erik's blog, run! You'll find interesting, sharp, well documented articles on technical subjects, books reviews and even a Youtube channel. Erik has also a serie of posts about Project User Voice. I contributed to this last serie after Cindy Lewis and Prasanna Adavi, 2 fellow MVP.

I let you read more about Project User Voice which is an interesting way for final users, consultants, administrators to propose and vote for upcoming features. And Microsoft is actually considering the propositions and some of them have already been developed and deployed on Project Online.

My post is about the backup and restore feature, which has been removed from Project Online versions, but still there for on-premise versions. I explain in the post why it was useful, why it was probably removed from the online version and how would it look like.

Feel free to share, vote, comment, like!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Renewed as MVP Business Solutions/Project for the 5th time!

Short post, big news! I've been renewed for the 5th time as MVP Project (Business Solutions). You might have noticed that after a year of transition, from now all MVPs will be renewed on July 1st. I do hope this will give me the opportunity to go to the MVP Summit, to finally meet my fellow colleagues I'm talking with since 2014 through email.

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