Microsoft Awards Two Project MVPs to Advisicon!

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Congratulations to Cindy Lewis & Tim Runcie who were both awarded the Microsoft Project MVP Award

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This is Tim Runcie’s ninth and Cindy Lewis’ second consecutive year being nominated. This is a huge feat for both of them. The MVP award is highly competitive and has to be earned each year through demonstrable knowledge and support for the Project Management community of practice. 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

3 Advantages of “Deliverables” in Project Server

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If you create Microsoft Project schedules, you are familiar with creating tasks and [how tasks are used](http://blog.advisicon.com/2010/01/27/best-practice-include-project-management-tasks-in-your-project-schedule/ “Best Practice: Include Project Management Tasks in your Project Schedule | Advisicon Blog”) to [represent activities](http://blog.advisicon.com/2008/12/29/best-practices-in-writing-task-names-for-pwa-users/ “Best Practices in Writing Task Names for PWA Users | Advisicon Blog”) that [must be completed](http://blog.advisicon.com/2009/11/25/project-scheduling-best-practice-build-your-project-management-tasks-into-your-project-schedule/ “Project Scheduling Best Practice: Build Your Project Management Tasks into Your Project Schedule | Advisicon Blog”) to [accomplish the goals](http://blog.advisicon.com/2008/11/25/how-many-resources-does-it-take-to-change-a-light-bulb/ “How Many Resources Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? | Advisicon Blog”) of [your project](http://blog.advisicon.com/2008/12/10/how-to-change-the-assignment-owner-on-tasks/ “How To change the Assignment Owner on Tasks”). Many times tasks follow the PMI guidelines of representing deliverables. According to a [PMBOK Guide](http://www.pmi.org/en/PMBOK-Guide-and-Standards/Standards-Library-of-PMI-Global-Standards.aspx “Library of PMI Global Standards”) by the [Project Management Institute](http://www.pmi.org “PMI website”), a deliverable is a “verifiable work product.” I have seen a variety of schedules represent deliverables different ways including Summary tasks, Detail tasks, or Milestones. Often when people learn that there is a feature called “deliverables” they wonder how that differs from tasks in the schedule. 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

How We Sharpen Our Skills… Join Us!

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As practicing consultants, trainers, and authors, we are continually improving our skills, broadening our knowledge and learning new approaches that we can share with our customers. One of the ways we do that is by attending events, working at tradeshow booths, and speaking on various topics. Sometimes when we meet people for the first time, they recognize Advisicon’s name, but they can’t figure out where they ran into us. Here is a small sampling of events coming up and we encourage you to pick an event and Join Us! Read More