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30K Projects!

Innovative-e, a Microsoft partner with a Gold PPM competency, is always on the lookout for ways to make #AmazingPM even more amazing for our customers. Microsoft is continually improving, too. Recently, Microsoft announced some exciting improvements to Project Online.

30K projects Proj Online

  • Project Online was previously limited to 5,000 projects – that max has now been raised 6x to 30,000 projects!
  • Additionally, project sites were previously capped at 2,000. That limit has also been bumped to 30,000, and will scale on a 1:1 basis with the number of projects in the PWA.
  • More fine-tuned control over where project sites can be provisioned is now available. For example, different site collections can be specified for different EPTs so that project sites can be logically segregated.
  • Some OData performance enhancements have been made, which should improve SSIS pulls.

Learn more about these enhancements to Project Online at the Project Online blog, here.

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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – Extending Microsoft Project Online, Part 2

In our last blog post, about using market-leading Microsoft-aligned products to enhance the OOTB functionality of Project Online, we talked about the benefits of using these products, and spotlighted a few of such products that your organization might be able touse, or might already be using.

We wanted to mention at greater length another solution that can vastly improve your OOTB Project Online experience to give you #AmazingPM: PS+.5580_CPS_PS-US-Web-Banners-x-2_262x450

PS+ is a pre-configured, best-practice solution to enhance Project Online by improving visibility and transparency into projects and portfolios for decisionmakers, and improving ease-of-use for users. The folks who made PS+ won the 2016 Microsoft Partner of the Year award for this solution, which seamlessly integrates with Project Online to bring better navigation, clearer data for better reporting and analysis, preconfigured templates, and other productivity-boosting features.

Innovative-e is the premier US partner for PS+, which you can test drive for free and with no risk or obligation (drop us an email if you want to know more!).

When examining the PPM solution you have in place, consider PS+ to augment Microsoft Project Online to accelerate your PM, make it easier for stakeholders to look at the big picture, and make it easier for users to use.

Watch the 3-minute video about for a quick overview of what’s now possible with PPM solutions.

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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – Extending Microsoft Project Online, Part 1

In his most recent video, “Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions,” Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, talks a little about how using Microsoft Project Online can accelerate your project and portfolio management and free up resources that can then be used elsewhere in your organization. Straight out of the box, Project Online will boost your PPM.

But Project Online can be extended to make your PPM solution even more amazing.

Microsoft-approved and -aligned add-in products can further reduce cost and time to implement and maintain Project Portfolio Management solutions. Core platform capabilities are enhanced with automated best-in-class products that provide a vast array of benefits…

These benefits include:

  • Enhanced user experiences for PMs and users
  • Features like best practice templates based on PMI or Prince2
  • One-click access to all info
  • Simplified organization of projects
  • Utility time-savers like one-click status reports
  • Enhanced data-visualization reporting
  • Improved financial management with near-real-time data mart and trending info and time-phased information

If your PPM integration needs are more advanced, the Project Online platform works with other mature tools and market-leading products, like Oracle, SAP, and others. Integration with other Microsoft products, such as Office 365, is seamless.

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Regardless of the platform you’re using now to manage your projects and portfolio, Microsoft Project Online – with or without add-ins – can make your project management more efficient and give you a measurable return on your investment.

Watch the video, and reach out to us at info@innovative-e.com to find out more!

 

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Easy OOTB Lessons Learned #AmazingPM

ll1Most organizations that conduct projects repeat the same general steps to manage that work, steps some might call a workflow.  Ideally, a project initiation or proposal workflow includes a risk review (to the company, to the customer, to the project etc) as well as a benefit forecast so organizations can decide how to best allocate their scarce resources efficiently and productively.  Microsoft Project Online can easily help manage risks and issues as lessons learned.

ll2Use built-in Project Online functionality to define workflows and project detail pages (PDPs) where you can define the data that users must provide as they navigate a workflow.  It is not difficult to use in terms of programming or engineering skills needed.  You will need to take the time to think through, and document, how you want your workflows to work before setting out on the journey to modify your PPM environment this way.

ll3Add-ins such as PS+ automate methods of capturing data needed from workflows out of the box (OOTB).  Again, this technique is not difficult.  It does require PS+ (click here  for more information on PS+ or to set up a free trial).  Your simplest answer is to create a plain and simple #AmazingPM OOTB workflow in Project Online using this checklist:

  1. Define workflow discrete steps followed
  • Determine what must be included and which parts happen sometimes
  • Decompose steps into data points – determine when data needs collecting (inputs) and when it needs disbursal (outputs)
  • Put pieces into phases and stages – for more defined modelling and potential interaction with other work flows
  1. Define custom PWA entities such as data content type and format
  2. Build, test, and deploy in PWA – modify existing objects to leverage Project Online’s power

Use the OOTB issues management capability from Project Online to create a lessons-learned database.  A workflow analysis shows three major phases of leveraging lessons, learning lessons, and listing lessons.  After we modify the OOTB issue category list to accommodate a “lessons learned” category, we can use the OOTB filter on the Issues page to create a view or report of the lessons learned.

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So, in effect, only change two OOTB features slightly and get a powerful tool to improve an organization’s project and program management by actually learning from previous project issues.

To revise the OOTB settings needed, follow these steps:

  1. On the project site issues page, click the List Settings icon in Settings section of the List ribbon.
  2. Click Category and then, on the category column settings page, in the Type each choice on a separate line: field, enter the label you wish to use for lessons learned and click the OK button.
  3. When closing out projects (or at whatever frequency you think useful) identify lessons learned on the Issues page of the project site by setting the Category to the lessons learned choice.

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Use the Category field to sort or to filter and you can easily find actual things that happened on projects that you’d like to pay attention to when planning activities that could be impacted by new, similar issues or by issues that repeat themselves.  Project Online is a powerful tool that can help you build #amazingPM and even more powerful tools to improve your PPM success.