Jeremy Cottino

Il est bien plus beau de savoir quelque chose de tout que de savoir tout d'une chose. [Blaise Pascal]

My first PMI Swiss Chapter speech about Project Server

Tuesday, 9. Sep. 2014, I had the chance to be the speaker for a special event of the PMI Swiss chapter. The presentation was given in Lausanne at the Olympic Museum and the subject was:
How can Microsoft Project Server help you achieve your business objectives?


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Delete a project on Project Server (PWA) 2013

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Doing all your tests, you might have a lot of “Test Project 1”, “My new test project”, “aaaa project” on your project center… This is how to delete one project.
Click on the Settings button, and click on PWA Settings.

PWA Settings page is displayed.

Under Queue and Database Administration, click on the Delete Enterprise Objects link.

To delete a project, select Projects on the section What do you want to delete from Project Web App?
You might also want to Delete draft and published projects. You also have the opportunity to Delete the connected SharePoint sites.

Note that if you don’t delete the associated SharePoint site, you will receive an error the next time you will create a project with the same name as the deleted one, while publishing the site.

Click on Delete and that’s it. Be careful as deleted projects cannot be retrieved.

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Demand management and ideation in Project Server 2013

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In this article, I want to share with you how we manage demands in my company. By using a SharePoint list to collect project ideas and initiatives, we are able using a very simple Project Server 2013 out of the box feature, to create a project and manage it.

Create a SharePoint list to collect
The first step consists in creating a new SharePoint custom list. For those who are not familiar with SharePoint, here is the “HowTo”.
Click on the “Add lists, libraries and other apps.” Image on the PWA home page. If this default web-part is not present, you can access the same page by clicking on the settings button, then Site content. Finally on the site content page, click on add an app.

On the [Site Contents: Your Apps] page, click on Custom List.

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Create an Enterprise Project Type with Project Server 2013

Starting with a definition, what is an Enterprise Project Type (EPT)?
This is the definition I found on website:
In Microsoft Project Web App, an enterprise project type (EPT) represents a wrapper that encapsulates phases, stages, a single workflow, and Project Detail Pages (PDPs). Each EPT represents a single project type.
The schema below explains what an EPT contains and the hierarchy of each elements:

From bottom to top, to create an EPT, you first need to create Enterprise Custom Fields, Project detail pages (that might contains custom web-parts), workflow (with phases that contain stages) and finally the EPT.


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Using PERT to calculate task duration in Microsoft Project

What is the PERT technique?
Following the definition found in Wikipedia, "the Program (or Project) Evaluation and Review Technique is a method to analyze the involved tasks in completing a given project, especially the time needed to complete each task, and to identify the minimum time needed to complete the total project."

For those who passed or are preparing for the PMP exam, you should know the famous formula to calculate the expected duration of a task. This is also known as the "three point estimate".
Calculation of the expected time (TE): the best estimate of the time required to accomplish a task, accounting for the fact that things don't always proceed as normal (the implication being that the expected time is the average time the task would require if the task were repeated on a number of occasions over an extended period of time). The formula is:

TE = (O + 4M + P) ÷ 6


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