We are at Project 2010 Ignite this week and wanted to share a few notes and thoughts with you.  I found this very helpful special thanks to Christophe, Jan, and Tad.

Enjoy.

First here is a list of cool New Features covered in Day 1:

  • Project Pro 2010 (stand alone) can publish to a SharePoint task list also edits from SharePoint lists can be sync’ed back to Project Professional
  • Web-Based Project editing with Project Server (Add multiple resources, publish, and more)
  • Project Pro Sync to SharePoint
  • Five DB scenario for 2010 (Draft, Publish, Archive, Reporting, and Content)All dashboard and workflow contained in Content db
  • Multiple business workflows for modeling purposes
  • Resource Capacity Tool (out of the box)
  • Collapsible Quick Launch (Left-Hand Navigation)
  • Project 2010 is ActiveX free (ease of Administration)
  • Hire Resource Report with Demand Management
  • Task Inspector
  • Move Task feature (options) – allows you to move task forward, back, or when resource is available.  Pretty neat concept – although need to review white paper on this as it may force constraints.
  • Scheduled Duration, Start, and Finish fields
  • Inactive feature (allows you to select tasks in the project plan and mark inactive) This is very helpful if you are running what if scenarios or only want to see a Timeline of a certain Phase.  Project Professional only.  If published the Team Members will not get the task assignments  Also can report on Inactive Tasks.
  • Team Planner Tools and Resource Planner View: Determine over allocation and resolve manually or level the resource with the tool
  • Super Tool Tips (provides helpful information when hovering over commands)
  • Contextual Tab (Gives you additional formatting options for the view that you are on – it dynamically changes when you change the view)
  • Entry Bar can be hidden if desired
  • Column and Row Header highlighting when your focus is on a cell in project
  • Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) customizable by the user.
  • Alt+T+O opens the Options window
  • Print Options and Preview are on the same screen.  This is very nice.
  • Can set Project Options for individual projects or all New Projects
  • User can easily view Baselines within the new Contextual Tab (to display in the Gantt chart)
  • You can have Project Prompt for Project Information for new projects
  • Timeline view is nice
    • Custom Fields are not available in new Timeline views
    • Cannot publish timeline to PWA
    • Pan and Zoom — The Timeline feature of 2010 allows you to click and change focus (drag ability for the user)
  • Set custom fields rollups to view in project
  • Compatibility Mode (both Project Professional 2010 and Project Professional 2007 can connect to Project Server 2010 via the Backwards Compatibility functionality)
  • Multi-tendency and hosting functionality has been improved
  • PWA now stands for Project Web App (compared to PS07 Project Web Access)
  • Progress windows are new from SharePoint 2010 – very helpful.
  • Even when the Project 2010 trail version expires – you will be able to save as to downgrade project files (if needed)
  • Project 2010 Standalone is able to open Project 2003 and 2007 projects in Project 2010 (and it recognizes it and notes it in the tool)
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