Help, I’m Unable to Add an Existing Task to a Timesheet – A Project Server Timesheet Issue Resolved

Posted By Posted by: Peter Williams on March 12, 2015

I thought I’d share a resolution to a baffling timesheet issue I encountered this week. When I went to add an existing task back into my timesheet, I was confronted with the following error. The error in the ULS was rather vague (as it often is). It stated the following:- System.InvalidOperationException: Error during serialization or

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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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What To Do When the Queue Job Project Workflow Check-In Gets Stuck and Fails

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on February 9, 2015

Short answer: Restart the “Service Bus Gateway” and “Service Bus Message Broker” Service on the server where Workflow Manager is installed. But you didn’t come here for that did you? This has happened to me and a colleague so I thought that the solution is worth sharing. So here is the detailed description. On Project Server

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Three Minute Guide to Department Field Usage

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on November 26, 2014

Here is a very brief summary of how Department Field is commonly used in Project Online, Project Server 2013 and Project Server 2010. You need to have some values in “Department” lookup table to get any advantage from it.   1-    Filter Custom Fields in a Project. Assign a department to a project level custom

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How Do I Configure PPM for Demand, Pipeline and Ideas Management?

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on September 10, 2014

Demand management is one of the key areas in Microsoft’s PPM platform, however there are few ways to configure the tool to manage “Demand”, or what most organisation call “Pipeline”, which is basically a set of initiatives, projects or ideas in a queue waiting to be approved (or executed). The main areas that Microsoft PPM

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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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Project Server and Matrix Organisations

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on July 17, 2014

Most organisations I have worked with are functional or a matrix organisation, i.e. they group staff to separate ‘functional’ units (based on specialisations and roles). Mostly these units work on activities assigned to its resources only by a line manager (i.e. local activities). These activities are usually BAU, administrative and service request activities. However these

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How to Archive a Lookup Table of Old Values

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on July 10, 2014

Environment: Project Server 2010/2013 Background: A customer has a large list of account codes in the lookup table – some are current and some are very old. Users were complaining that they needed to scan a long list of expired values before finding valid options. Solution: As there is no out of the box solution available

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Download: Project Online And Project Server 2013 Options – A Quick Infograph

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on June 27, 2014

Now that there’s Project Online and Project Pro for Office 365 and Microsoft has brought Project Portfolio Management on the internet for the masses. We have found with this new software and terminology, a lot of questions arise particularly for people who are used to the traditional model of Project Client and Project Server. This

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