Monthly Archives: August 2011

SharePoint Discussions and the Last Replier

The SharePoint Discussions List has long been a bone of contention within the SharePoint community. Whilst there are some excellent 3rd party solutions (such as Lightening Tools) you often have to just make do with the out-of-the-box list. One strange feature of this list is that it isn’t possible to show who the Last Replier was in a view. This makes it next to impossible to quickly see if Read more...

Tough Words

Here are a few things I know for sure about managing projects: We are all pretty good at risk assessments early in a project. Brainstorming potential risks, making lists, developing mitigation strategies, etc. Most of us consider it a personal affront to have to delay a “Go Live” date, whether that’s the opening of a new wing in a hospital, upgrading a critical software system, or switching Read more...

Being a Team Player

After spending time wandering around my BrightWork sandbox, I’m now going to take a step back and look at what the BrightWork tool has taught me about project management. As you recall, when I began this exercise, I knew very little of either SharePoint or project management, so my first step was to learn the basics. I read a project management guide to get my footing, and it seemed so easy I Read more...

Multiple Item Edit Form

Recently I started a project using our new Project Standard template. This template offers an enhanced setup and syncing experience compared to the out of the box Project Tasks list. I built up my plan in Microsoft Project, assigned some work items and entered good descriptions of the tasks in the MS Project Notes field. Unfortunately I discovered that the Project Tasks list and the MS Project Read more...

The Growing Role of PMOs

More than ever before, organizations around the world are realizing the business value of having a PMO. They have become an incredibly common part of organizational structure to standardize project management practices and help deliver successful projects. A recent research study, The State of the PMO 2010, examines the growing strategic value and importance of the Project Management Offices, and Read more...

The Rhythm is Gonna Getcha

As professional musicians know, when you write a music score, one of the important bits of information that has to be conveyed is the “time” that the piece is written in – ¾, 4/4, etc. This essentially tells the singers and musicians both how fast the song is supposed to go. You can imagine the cacophony that would ensue if someone was singing a song a lot faster than the musicians were playing Read more...

Better Project Professional 2010 to SharePoint 2010 Sync Experience

We have released a new collection of templates (now available for Trial on the website) that make it easier, and safer, for our customers to use the Project Professional 2010 to SharePoint Sync. This work is based on extensive customer feedback, as well as a large amount of our own investigation and research into Sync best practices. Here are some of the enhancements we are excited to bring forward: Each Read more...

Project Management is Not a Luxury, It is a Necessity

“Poor project performance’ is frequently given as a reason for project failure. Project management is no longer ‘nice to have’, it must be a core competency of an organization.” – KPMG’s International 2002-2003 Programme Management Survey. In 2002, the KPMG International Programme Management Survey found that out of all the companies surveyed, 57% had experienced at least one project Read more...

What’s the Return?

The other day I was leafing through articles online checking out some facts and figures on what project failure costs organizations. In the process I stumbled on an interesting white paper from Forrester Research called The ROI of Project Portfolio Management Tools. The report focuses not so much on the high cost of failed projects, but rather the value that project management solutions bring to an Read more...

Keeping on Task

As I continue poke around my BrightWork sandbox, I can quickly see that everything I need to manage a project is right there. And as many of you probably know, keeping track of work can sometimes be a difficult task, especially if you are being pulled in ten different directions, working on multiple projects simultaneously and then there are your everyday tasks. Sometimes people can get so caught Read more...