Thursday, June 28, 2012

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure in Microsoft Project 2010 with Visio (WBS Modeler add-in for Visio 2010)

As part of the Initiating phase of a project, a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) should be delivered. I usually prepare a high level planning using Microsoft Project. It’s not really a WBS, but more a milestone and hammock tasks Gantt chart.
I always wanted to present it as a real WBS diagram but never found a good and simple tool to create it. Here is now the solution; the WBS Modeler add-in for Visio 2010 that allows generating the WBS based on a project plan, or the other way, generates a project plan based on a WBS. This add-in has been released end of 2011 by Microsoft (initially developed by David J Parker, Microsoft MVP for Visio).
First, the system requirements:
Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later with Visio Professional 2010; not that there is also a version for 2007 available), Project 2003 SP 1 or later AND Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.
You can download the add-in from this page. The installation is very simple; it’s a series of “next” buttons.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Color coding calendar in SharePoint 2010

We put in place for our projects, SharePoint workspaces where we can share documents and collaborate with our client on the progress of their projects.
Among other items, I have created a team calendar mainly to share meetings, travels and vacations plans. Because I also wanted to manage differently those event types, I have created a Category for each of them.
·         Meeting
·         Holiday
·         Travel
·         Other
Here is my calendar with some information.
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