Project for project managers

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With the release of the new Project, there’s curiosity about how best to put it to work and apply its wide range of resources in a variety of business roles. Some people are experienced users who want to learn new tricks, while others are just discovering Project’s capabilities for the first time. To help, we rounded up some of our most popular articles and organized them by common work responsibilities. Here, the focus is project managers with topics including great new and updated features like reports, timelines and task paths, fresh templates in Project 2013, and even some deeper technical discussions.

A few features we think you’ll love

It’s been 28 years since the first version of Microsoft Project, and in that time, our tools for project managers have evolved to meet the needs of the constantly changing demands of their role.

Task path highilighting. Project managers’ lives get a lot easier, because task path highlighting allows you to select any task and see the complete chain of predecessors and successors that are linked to it. Beyond that, the highlighting also differentiates between predecessors that are driving the scheduling of the selected task, and predecessors that are linked but can freely move without affecting the selected task.

Project plus SharePoint Task Lists. It’s easy to put your task lists in the cloud with SharePoint. The SharePoint site and its tasks lists are where team members can view and edit the progress of their tasks, and Project Professional is where project managers can manage the progress of their projects. SharePoint tasks list sync empowers you to use the great functionalities of both Project and SharePoint tasks lists at the same time.

New and improved timelines in the cloud. With task lists in the cloud, it only makes sense that we would put timelines in the cloud too. Now, it’s easier than ever to communicate a high-level view of your project to team members, stay focused on your upcoming personal tasks, and provide insight into all of your organization’s work.

Reports. Whenever we talk to project managers, we hear one word over and over: reports. We hear how you’re always preparing reports for status presentations or emails to customers, management, stakeholders, and team members, as well as how you have to make quick decisions and need reports to help you do this. All of that feedback inspired us to build a new reporting feature in the new version of Project.

New online templates. For the new Project, we’ve added some helpful online templates so you get started quickly, and we’ve even updated the template process.

New and improved schedule web part. Web-based scheduling with the new and improved schedule web part provides both the occasional and the certified project manager with the flexibility to quickly build simple and complex schedules online, and conveniently edit the plan via the browser from anywhere in the world.

Demand management. Learn how to use Project and SharePoint for demand management, empowering your team to submit new project proposals without getting overwhelmed with a deluge of information.


Tell us what you think

Let us know in the comments what you think of the new Project and how you’re putting it to work for you, as well as any tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way. And don’t forget to follow our Project for Project Managers blog feed!


–Mark Sargeant, Product Marketing Manager

  1. I have been trying to figure out Project Online. I’m banging my head against the wall. I understand, I can create projects. I can manage them within my organization but adding users and do that online or via project software.

    What I don’t get is the almost complete lack of, or hidden nature, of the sharing tools to share this data with clients. If you are a consultant of various sorts you are using project management software to manage things for others and you need them in the loop.

    So with "online" you would naturally want a big SHARE button that would allow you to share what you create with clients. I hit the share button and put in an external email address and it gave me a big no way.

    So what is the path forward? How to you manage projects across organizations? If I have to setup and pay for client access that’s fine. Where is the prompt?

    I understand that a report can be created. But I don’t want dead tree delivery or preparation for dead tree delivery. I want to email access to live project information in a dashboard to clients.

    This seems just dead stupid simple of a requirement for a modern project management software. I’m either being an idiot and can’t find it or it’s just not offered.

    I know that internal to my organization I can’t see the project web app on users that didn’t pay. But I could go to the machine with project and print the project. Again. Dead tree delivery, where is the basic reporting access online?!? I know I can pay $33 a month for full access to project online.

    I’m finding this just a frustrating mess.

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