Friday, 6 June 2014

Microsoft EPM 2013 Case Study - Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia Allows Check-ups on the Move for Health Ministry's IT Projects
Ministry of Health (MoH) in Saudi Arabia could hardly avoid noticing Saudis' enthusiasm for mobile electronic devices, which are used widely, including for accessing social networking websites. In 2013 the ministry’s Project Management Office (PMO) realized that it could exploit that popularity to improve further its oversight of IT projects, by upgrading from its Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) 2010 software to the 2013 version.

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

What can CIOs do to avoid project failure?

Excellent article in CIO Magazine;

Projects require the right teams and as CIO you'll need to select individuals who have the right skills, a proper understanding of the methodology based on appropriate training, and very importantly the capacity to take on the project.

By ensuring good governance and clear project specification, which should be driven by business objectives, you can give your team, and your customer, a thorough understanding of the end goal and a clear vision of where a project is heading. It also means that when a project is not working effectively, it can be picked up earlier and prevent much wasted time and resources.

Risk and stakeholder management has an enormous contribution to make if you're looking to be successful.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Quick Start Guides for Project Online and Project Server 2013

These downloadable PDFs are designed to help you get started with Project Online and Project Server 2013.

To download a guide, right-click the title or image, and then choose Save target as…

Project Online Quick Start Guides

Get started with Project Online

Get Started with Project Online Quick Start Guide
(343 KB, PDF)

Create projects in Project Online

Create Projects in Project Online Quick Start Guide
(449 KB, PDF)

Track work in Project Online

Track Work in Project Online Quick Start Guide
(384 KB, PDF)

Project Server 2013 Quick Start Guides

Create projects in Project Web App

Create Projects in Project Web App Quick Start Guide
(448 KB, PDF)

Track work in Project Web App

Track Work in Project Web App Quick Start Guide
(334 KB, PDF)

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project Server 2013 (KB2817434)

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project Server 2013 contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Error 18003 and 26000 when publishing a Project to create associated SharePoint Workspace/Site

Recently a user encountered the following error when publishing a project. The project was created using a custom EPT with custom SharePoint Site Template.


The errors returned from the queue are as follows:
Error ID: 18003
Error ID: 26000

Detailed error below - send it to the administrator for more detailed troubleshooting.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
<class name="Web is not a child of the default site collection">
<error id="18003" name="WSSWebIsNotUnderDefaultCollection"


Steps taken to Test (replicate) Issue;

1) Test the project creation using default and custom EPT and publish from PWA.

2) Check/Validate Message Queues i.e. no issue with the Project Server Queue service and that the jobs are they draining/being processed as expected.

3) Test the custom EPT with default Microsoft Site Template.

4) Test the creation of SharePoint site manually via PWA site collection > Site Settings > Sites and Workspaces using both the default Project Site Template and Custom Site Template.

What I Encountered – My Findings

The site creation failed with project creation and manual process. Issue with both default and custom templates. Creating the site manually gave the following error message. See fig below. It was related to a missing Site Collection  feature.


Next, use Powershell to get the name of the feature it is referencing:

Get-SPFeature -Identity <GUID>


This feature should be enabled or disabled on both the site collections.

In my case it was OpenInClient. This was found to deactivated. The issue was resolved by activating this feature at PWA Site Collection level.

List of all the Features and Associated Correlation ID

Refer to: <I will add to the following post>

Lessons learned

  1. Keep a note of all configuration changes and review impact i.e. feature enabled and disabled.
  2. If features are modified at PWA Site Collection level, reset your site template and associate with the appropriate EPTs. 

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Overwriting Existing Enterprise Project Schedule/Plan with Externally Provided Plan

So you are using Microsoft Project Server and you have a need to regularly show updated external project schedule in your portfolio of Enterprise Projects. How can we do this whilst maintaining continued use of Project related artefacts such as documents, workflow, risks, issues etc?


You can do this by importing the external project schedule/plan and saving this with the SAME name as the existing Enterprise Project. Doing this retains the internal project GUID and, hence, maintains its links to Workflow, SharePoint Workspace and other artefacts.

Here are the general steps;

  1. Make a note of the EXACT name of the Enterprise Project Plan to be replaced. You can do this either from Project Centre or Project Pro > File Open dialog box.
  2. Using Project Professional, open the external project schedule/plan provided by your external contractor or consultant.
  3. Review and modify plan if necessary.
  4. File > Save As > Choose SAVE option in the ‘Save to Project Server’ dialog box.
  5. You will then be prompted the option to overwrite existing project in the server. Choose OK. See example figure below.



Hope this Helps. Enjoy project….ing!!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Web UI to Build Windows PowerShell Commands for SharePoint

How cool is this!! Web UI for building any Windows PowerShell command you may need!

Simple and easy to use! And, no need to keep file away a big list of commands only to loose it and spend time searching for it. Give it a try…. 


Applies: SharePoint 2010/2013 and online services

Enjoy SharePoint…ing!!