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Project Management in SharePoint. A demo i did last month.

Project 2.0 with SharePoint 2007 within the A and E vertical presentation

Up coming web casts for September

Project Management 2.0 using SharePoint 2007

Project Management 2.0 (social project management) is the natural evolution of project management practices brought by Web 2.0 technologies. Internal / Virtual teams now can work together more efficiently by utilizing the new-generation, web-based project management tools . These tools such as blogs, wikis, collaborative software, which are out of the box SharePoint features challenge the original definition of project management. Project Management 2.0 represents a dramatic shift toward having collaboration as the heart of project management. The transformation appears in the role of the project manager, in the interaction with clients and the technology.

What we’ll cover:

• What is web 2.0?
• What is project management 2.0?
• Compare and contrast with current (old) project management approaches
• Why project management 2.0 fails
• Project management 2.0 challenges
• SharePoint and project management 2.0- the natural fit

Date and Time 9/11/2008 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Documentation automation with SharePoint

With SharePoint and MS Office you can now simplify and streamline your business process to automate documents using multiple sources of data and make them “intelligent” by embedding your data and business rules directly in Microsoft® Office documents to provide real-t ime access and results for your transactions. Learn how to:

  • Go beyond “fill-in-the-blank” solutions
  • Capture data, special language, and rules in the document
  • Change data right in the document one and populate everywhere
  • Save time and money — and eliminate errors!
  • Status tracking of documents
  • Show dashboards for documents in progress and complete
  • True collaboration of document automation
  • Apply workflow approval to documents
  • Ensure business-wide consistency and accuracy
  • Push data to XML, SQL, or another non MS database.
  • Build truly dynamic content

This web cast is ideally suited for companies which have documents such as contracts or inspection reports which involve:

  • Complex transactions which are governed by rules and/or business practices
  • Documents automated based upon “rules”
  • Critical Compliance
  • Templates

Date and Time 9/17/2008 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
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Project Management 2.0 with SharePoint

SharePoint for Project Management- The Natural Choice

SharePoint for Project Management- The Natural Choice- Web X

This Wedensday, December 12th Time: 2:00pm, I’m giving a web x on SharePoint and project management:

I’ll cover
· The SharePoint technical requirements for running a project.
· Project management best practices with SharePoint
· Out of the box SharePoint project features- Ganttcharts, workflow, issue tracking, email routing
· How to get the project team on board, quickly and with training.
· How to overcome information overload.
· Differences between SharePoint and Project Server 2007
· Why implement Project Server or SharePoint?

Who Should Attend:
Technology Executives, , Project Management, IT Managers, IT Professionals, Business Executives, Managers, CIO, CTO, Business Managers, Business Decision Maker, Technical Decision Makers, Developers,
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Bridging project management and development organizations.

In June Microsoft will announce the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server-Project Server 2007 Connector. This provides (in theory) a deeper level of integration between TFS (Team Foundation Server) and Microsoft Office EPM 2007 by streamlining the flow of data between TFS and Project Server 2007.

The connector builds on the Project desktop integration and is another step to help customers bridge the gap between project management and development organizations and to eliminate inefficiencies between the two groups.

By improving the flow of data between TFS and Project Server 2007, the PS-TFS Connector gives customers the holistic view and up-to-date information they need to more effectively manage software development projects across their organizations, the company said.

IT Output vs Client Needs

An interesting (contrarian) take on the whole “get a business analyst to document requirements and have the users signoff” process

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Basically, the author says it’s completely the wrong way of doing it, and IT should be more customer-focused instead.

This is an excerpt:

“IT leadership usually hear the customers complaints and react by trying to ‘nail down’ the requirements even harder by more rigorous and complicated methodologies changes. More meetings, more documents and especially ‘signoff’ contracts to force the user to agree on what will be done are an attempt to deflect any finger-pointing later on … putting more emphasis on the ‘what I need’ point is view is more difficult but ultimately the right thing to focus on.”

I experience this sometimes when a company first installs a new technology like SharePoint their own without any expert help, signs off on the requirements only to express that they really want something different. This is why it’s important to start off small in an organization for them to understand the technology and more importantly this is why a large company without SharePoint experience should bring in external assistance when deploying SharePoint, so the right questions get asked at the right time.

But that idea is so anathema, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon, especially in large organizations, obsessed by documentation and red tape.

Enterprise Project Management presentation

Tommy Fu from Microsoft, Doreen P. Fagiano from Profit Quest Consulting and I presented at New York University on enterprise project management- EPM.

About 60 people filled the room and listened to the what, how and who benefits from EPM.