Whitepaper: ‘Microsoft Project for the Masses’ now available

Microsoft has released a document titled Microsoft Project for the Masses that clearly shows how Microsoft SharePoint, Project Professional, and Project Server can be utilized to solve a particular business problem scenario without the need for intensive efforts to custom configure a project management solution.

Sample Project Management Maturity Model

The scenario is focused around mid-sized organizations (approximately 50-100 people) with complex resource and schedule management challenges but without formal project management processes, training, and tools.

The intent of this initiative is to show how an organization can get up and running to solve a particular set of problems in the quickest manner possible.

The targeted audience for this whitepaper includes:
1. Organizations that are moving from ad hoc project & work management processes toward the desire to view all projects in relationship to each other. Existing tools might include:
– Email
– Spreadsheets
– Time tracking (usually web based and sometimes tied to HR system)
– File Share or possibly SharePoint for artifact management

2. Business or technical organizations that have multiple projects/programs utilizing the same resources.

3. Organizations who execute projects as their core business model

This whitepaper introduces you to:
– Highly transparent visibility into project schedules and resource loading
– Resource views that expose utilization
– Tools to adjust schedule/resource balance
– Portfolio view of all projects
– Improved Resource/Staff Forecasting
– Better ability to budget (as it relates to resource loading; financial performance not in scope for this scenario)
– Foundation for Collaboration, Performance, and Portfolio Management lifecycle phases.

Note: This document is not intended to be a Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) ‘best practices’ guide. Rather, it is a practical approach to get quick wins for both management and all stakeholders.

Whitepaper: Microsoft Project for the Masses

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