KPI’s by Formula

Overwhelmed by data? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Microsoft Project Server and Project Online have the ability to track and report on almost any metric a user can imagine. The problem however is that digging through table after table of data can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. During project status meetings or executive briefings, it may be […]

Power of using Time Reporting in Project Online

Have you sat in meetings as a team member and waited your turn to provide your progress update and thought: “Wouldn’t it be great if the Project Manager already had this information in advance so we could discuss the impacts of resources’ progress?” Are you tired of going from team member to team member asking for a progress update, only […]

Understanding Task Types

Does this sound familiar? “This schedule is making me crazy!” “Project has a mind of its own!” “I change one thing and the whole &^%$* schedule changes!” If so, then you’re not alone. Without an understanding of Task Types, Microsoft Project does seem to have a mind of its own and will make you crazy. There are three different Task […]

7 Tips for Project Lessons Learned

Background Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) defines lessons learned as the learning gained from the process of performing the project. Formally conducted lessons learned sessions are traditionally held during project close-out, near the completion of the project. However, lessons learned may be identified and documented at any point during the project’s life cycle. The purpose […]

What You Get In an Upgrade

Microsoft Project Server 2013 and Project Online are flexible solutions for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Team members, project participants, and business decision makers can get started, prioritize project portfolio investments and deliver the intended business value from virtually anywhere. This is the 5th generation of the Project Server platform, and since the 2007 version, the integration with […]

Heading to Microsoft WPC in Orlando!

The Vibrant Fusion team will be in Orlando this week attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference! Stay tuned for updates throughout the week!

How Do You Track Budgets?

If you’re a Project Manager, then you’re tasked with keeping track of all aspects of a project – Schedules, Resources and some would say, most importantly, Costs. The question is how do you keep track of the costs for the project? Some use excel spreadsheets, others may use their internal financial tracking system (like SAP), some may use a version […]

Ignite 2015 in Chicago

Well I just got back from Ignite in Chicago and more importantly the Project Partner Advisory Council meetings (more affectionately known as the Project PAC). The PAC is a group of select Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management Partners – of which Vibrant Fusion and yours truly is one of 25 members worldwide. When the PAC gets together, we discuss how […]

Project Online Performance Tuning

The Microsoft Project Support team recently posted an article about how to improve the performance of your Project Online site. The article identifies several areas within the solution and how their configuration settings can impact performance. It also talks about some options in tuning those configuration settings to get the best performance from your environment. Some suggestions before you read […]

Have You Seen the Burning Man?

Have you ever noticed the “burning man” icon in the Gantt Chart view of a schedule in Microsoft Project? If you haven’t – then you’re an either amazing scheduler or you probably don’t use MS Project much. On the other hand, if you have noticed this icon (which indicates that you have an over-allocated resource) then don’t panic!   As […]