Why Todays PMOs Need Dynamic Flexibility and Actually Perform Project Portfolio Management

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on August 6, 2015

With all the economic, environmental, social and other changes around us, PMOs are feeling that the pressure of achieving more – and quite often achieving more with less (money and resources) – is continuously increasing. When I say “Achieve” I mean achieve more goals, benefits and objectives that support the businesses changing strategies and tactics, not

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How to Remove the Gap Between WebParts on PDP

Posted By Posted by: Khurram Jamshed on May 7, 2015

In the world of Project Server/Project Online, we deal with Project Detail Pages (PDPs) to place custom fields using basic info web-parts all the time. There is often a need to drop more than one basic info web-part on to the same page and to group similar fields. I usually do this when I have

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EPM Partners Upgrades its Cloud Platform EPMonDemand

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on February 17, 2015

EPM Partners is excited to announce that it has successfully completed a major upgrade to its cloud platform EPMonDemand. The upgrade ensures better performance and introduces some new features. “The most important aspect of the upgrade is EPM Partners’ strategic decision to move EPMonDemand platform to Microsoft’s Azure Australia datacentre”, says Laith Adel EPM Partners’ General Manager. “Moving to Azure was an

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Project Hand Over Best Practices for PMO’s to Project Managers

Posted By Posted by: Khurram Jamshed on January 14, 2015

I was recently creating a project hand-over process for a PMO and after performing the required PMO activities, the project was to be handed over to the Project Manager for execution.  The process comprised a list of activities that Project Managers have to perform to accept the project from the PMO so that he/she can

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How to Use MS Project for Scheduling in the Construction Industry

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on December 11, 2014

Quite often I hear from our construction clients that the typical Primavera is the “right” tool for scheduling construction projects and that MS Project is not “right”. When we get down to the details of why MS Project isn’t right, it boils down to two common issues: 1.  It’s not possible in Microsoft Project to

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How to Manually Edit an Actual Cost in Project Professional

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on October 9, 2014

By default,  the Actual Cost column is locked down in Project Professional both at the task and assignment level. Actual Cost is calculated from Actual Work and Fixed Cost values. This way, the relationship with Work done and cost accrued remain consistent. Ground realities are many times more complex and actual costs involve Journaling, currency

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How to View all Deliverables in Microsoft Project Professional

Posted By Posted by: Peter Williams on September 17, 2014

Due to a schedule having many deliverables, it isn’t possible to select some of the deliverables to edit. For example, after clicking on the Manage Deliverables button (Task toolbar >> Deliverables >> Manage Deliverable) in the sample schedule shown below, despite the schedule having over 50 deliverables, only 26 are listed in the pane. The

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Introducing The Project Clan – A Guide to Differentiate Between Project, Project Online, Project Professional for Office 365 and Other Similar Terms

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on September 3, 2014

Microsoft’s decision to embrace the cloud has been a game changer resulting in many more organisations being able to embrace Microsoft’s’ Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution suite and realise the related benefits.  However, new terms have caused confusion with some of my clients so I have put together a simple explanation of key terms.

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How to Create a High-Level Project Server 2013 Workflow Design Pattern

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on August 20, 2014

Below is a reusable pattern for the design of Project Server 2013 / SharePoint Designer 2013 based approval workflows. This applies also to Microsoft Project Online. It covers the maintenance of Steps, Actions and Conditions in the preparation of a multi-stage approval workflow, including workflow status and history list updates and branching logic. Documenting workflow

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