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Creating a Resource Plan in Project Server 2013

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about Resource Plans and explained how they are used in Project Server. Today, I’ll walk you through how to create a Resource Plan.Open the project in PWA.Select the Project tab at the top and ...

Working With Budget Resources in Microsoft Project

Ever wonder how to work with Budget Resources in Microsoft Project? They can be a little tricky until you understand the basics so I’ve outlined the steps for you below.The first thing to do is create the Budget Resources, In ...

Portfolio Analysis in Project Server – Blank Start Date for Some Projects During Resource Analysis

Things only go wrong in training. I mean, if I’m going to work on something on my own everything works perfectly. But then I go to demo it for someone else or train someone and all hell breaks loose. This happened the other d ...

Using Resource Plans in Project Server 2013

Are you perplexed by Resource Plans in Project Server? If so, you’ve landed in the right place! I’m constantly running into people who either don’t really understand Resource Plans or simply aren’t aware they even exist. So l ...

Preparing for Project Server 2013 Success, A MS Project Now Series

 Part 3: Preparing for Governance   Previously we discussed creating a process, establishing a change process and now we are to our final step – Preparing for Governance.  Project Server 2013 is a ...

Sub-Projects Not Visible in PWA in Project Server

The good news is that you created a master project with sub-projects and have successfully saved and published this master in Project Server. The bad news is that now you are unable to see any of those sub-projects in PWA. I ...

Navigating Away From a Project Site in Project Server 2013

I’m not easily annoyed… well, maybe I am but that is besides the point. When I am viewing a Project Site in Project Server 2013 it annoys me that I cannot easily navigate away from that Project Site. If you want a simple way ...

Project Server 2013 and Project Online Disappearing Resource Assignments

If you are running in to this issue, please see Brian Smith’s blog post here.

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Delete a Project Site Template in Project Server 2010

To delete a Project Site Template in Project Server 2010, follow the steps below: In PWA, click on Site Actions –> Site Settings Under Galleries, click Solutions Before you can delete a Project Site Templ ...

Leveling Resources in Microsoft Project Professional

This is part 4 in a 4 part series. Before reading, consider visiting these other valuable resources: Part 1: Viewing Resource Allocations Part 2: Preventing Over Allocations Part 3: Resolving Over Allocations Manual ...

Ask the Experts: Creating and using a custom task field

Question I want to give PWA 2010 users the ability to manually input data in a column at the task level of a project. I have been able to create an Enterprise Custom field that comes up in the project but the field is read on ...

Project Online: Business Intelligence (Comparison to Project Server 2013)

Hello, Anyone who knows me understands I am a huge reporting/Business Intelligence advocate.  Many reasons organizations look to implementing a Enterprise Project Management solution do so because they lack timely, soph ...

Microsoft Project 2013 File Opens in Compatibility Mode After Upgrading from Project Server 2007

After upgrading a client from Microsoft Project Server 2007 to Microsoft Project Server 2013, many of the project files were opening in Compatibility Mode. Microsoft Project Server 2013 does not offer Compatibility Mode so th ...

Project Planning Pro

Do you want to have access to your project plans on the go? Are you using Project Server? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you should really check out this app for Ipads and Iphones: http://www.planningproapp.c ...

Project file opens in compatibility mode after upgrading to Project Server 2013–UPDATED

UPDATE: The file mentioned below was corrupt and could  not be saved, therefore could not be taken out of compatibility mode. To read the final solution we discovered, go here! I have a client who recently upgraded from ...

Manually Leveling Over Allocated Resources in Microsoft Project

This is part 3 in a 4 part series. If you haven’t done so already, consider reading part 1 and part 2 before you try to tackle manually leveling resources. We don’t have enough resources to do the work in the time allocated. ...

Adding a new resource rate effective on a specific date

If you want to change a resource’s rate on all future assignments but maintain the original rate on past assignments, follow the steps below: In PWA, navigate to the Resource Center. Check the box next to the names of ...

Preventing Resource Over Allocation in Microsoft Project Server

This is part 2 in a 4 part series on Managing Resource Allocation in Project Server. If you missed part 1, check it out here before you read this post. Here are a few tips on preventing over allocations: Assign Generic Reso ...

Estimating Duration and Work in Microsoft Project

We recently received a question from a user regarding Work and Duration estimates. She wanted to know how to estimate both and let MS Project calculate the percentage of a person’s time that would be allocated to the task. In ...

Viewing Resource Allocations

This is part 1 of a 4 part series on managing resources with Project Server. Does anyone ever have enough resources to do the work in the time allocated? If you happen to be someone who does, please leave me a comment and ex ...

Managing Resource Allocations in Project Server

For those of you who have ever pulled your hair out over attempting to manage resource allocations in Project Server, you have landed in the right spot. Well, almost. I’m going to write a 4 part series all about managing reso ...

Administrative Backup in Project Server 2013

Sigh. In Project Server 2010 you can easily backup and restore item-level objects through the administrative backup setting. Item-level objects that can be backed up are: Projects Enterprise Resource Pool and Calendars ...

Assigning Resources to Summary Tasks

Although it is possible to assign resources to summary tasks in Microsoft Project, it’s a bad idea. Assign resources to detail tasks only, otherwise you are duplicating the work that is calculated. In Project 2013, there’s ev ...

Task Path in Microsoft Project Professional 2013

The Task Path button can be found on the Format Ribbon and when you click it, you have four options: Predecessors, Driving Predecessors, Successors and Driven Successors. The first two are explained below and from that you wi ...

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