Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project

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A New Project Management Book on Unleashing the Full Potential of Microsoft Project:

In his latest book, Making Effective Business Decisions Using Microsoft Project, Project MVP and industry expert [Tim Runcie](http://advisicon.com/staff_bios/tim-runcie.htm) addresses the issue of how to harness the power of Microsoft Project.

By addressing the question: How do PMs implement a successful project management strategy using Microsoft Project to drive better business decisions and increase ROI? Runcie and his co-author Mark Dochtermann PMP, divulge a combined fifty years of project management Industry Best Practices knowledge regarding this all too common Microsoft Project question. Read More

Project Server Issue and Risk Data

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Issues and Risks are kind of an oddball in the Project Server data world. Most Project Server data is handled within the context of the **Draft** and **Published** databases. That to a degree is a reflection of the Project client tool making the transition into the server world. 

Issue and Risk data is not tracked directly in the client tool, rather the assumption is made that the PM will use a tool such as SharePoint, spreadsheets, or some other mechanism to track these values. In the Project Server world (since it’s closely integrated with SharePoint) the assumption is that SharePoint Workspaces will be used for team coordination on individual projects, and Issue and Risk data will be stored there. Read More

Project 2013 & Project Server 2013 at PMI Willamette Valley

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Today I will be starting the lecture circuit for PMI where I will be showcasing Microsoft Project, Project Server, and SharePoint Business Intelligence for both the current version and for [Project Online](http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=257733 “Try the Project Online Preview”) and [Project Server 2013](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh973403.aspx?wt.mc_id=TEC_120_1_33 “Download Microsoft Project Server 2013 Preview”).

I am super excited about helping people understand the key differences between what the Online presence of [Project Professional 2013](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh973401.aspx?wt.mc_id=TEC_119_1_33 “Download Microsoft Project Professional 2013 Preview”), [Office 2013](http://blog.advisicon.com/2012/07/20/project-13-and-office-13-out-for-review/ “Project Professional 2013 Preview and Office 13 Out for Review | Advisicon Blog”), [SharePoint 2013](http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/preview/sharepoint.aspx “Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Preview”), and Project Server 2013 will do.  With the ever increasing demand for better, faster and easier web accessibility to manage projects, programs and portfolios, Project 2013 provides a continued march to a more powerful extension of features in previous versions only in the desktop and now embedded online. Read More

Systems and Applications Development in a Project Environment

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When you think about building a [Project Management Culture](http://blog.advisicon.com/2012/08/10/practice-your-profession-follow-the-olympics-example/ “Practice your Profession… Follow the Olympics Example”), it’s easy to focus on just the [methodologies and tools](http://blog.advisicon.com/2012/07/13/tools-vs-skills-in-project-management/ “The Value of Tools vs Skills in Project Management”) oriented around project management. How do you manage the project lifecycle (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing)? How do you use the tools, such as Microsoft’s [Project Client](http://www.microsoft.com/project/en-us/project-professional-2010.aspx “Microsoft Project Professional 2010″) and [Project Server](http://www.microsoft.com/project/en-us/project-server-2010.aspx “Microsoft Project Server 2010″)? 

While these are worthy considerations, sometimes it becomes useful to expand the context beyond a specific project or group of projects, and begin to consider integrating that information into your enterprise as a whole. It is at this point that you should begin to work with systems and applications development teams. Read More