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  1. Project fiscal calendars should match Project Server/Project Online fiscal calendars

    Our fiscal calendars don't start and end on the first and last day of calendar months. In Project Web App you can specify a 4/4/5 fiscal calendar. This makes reporting against fiscal time quite easy. Unfortunately this calendar doesn't sync with Project Desktop's calendar. In fact, there is no way to specify a 4/4/5 fiscal calendar in Project Desktop. This makes validating reports extremely time consuming for our Project Managers.

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      0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • BUG: Baseline no Baseline

      There is a bug of sorts. Where a baseline is set but is not displayed in the set baseline box. A pretty specific method to set the baseline but not have it appear in the set baseline box so I made a blog post about it rather than trying to put it all right here. Go to http://www.epmstrategy.com/baseline-no-baseline/ to see the full explanation.

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        0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Apply Task Path color coding to Relationship Diagram view to see what's driving the schedule

        When looking at the Relationship Diagram, it's not possible to determine which direct predecessor is driving the selected task, or which direct successor is being driven by the selected task. Would be nice to apply the Task Path color coding to the Relationship Diagram so you can quickly see the driving path for a selected task.

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          0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Navigation of gantt chart should not change the way it is printed

          Each time the Gantt chart of MS Project is zoomed in/out or navigated, the printed chart is modified, and the user needs to enter again all the data of the timescale, to be able to correctly print the Gantt char.

          It makes nonsense, and is a huge problem. It should work like MS Word and Excel does. Navigation of the document should not change the way it is printed.

          This poor programming belongs to beta level software, not a decades old commercial software.

          8 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • WIle publsihing pop up comes up asking to create project site

            Project EPT is set to do not create site in project online. Whenever a project schedule is opened up for editing in Project Pro, while publishing the changes, A pop up comes up asking to create project site when it shouldn't. It comes up every time a project is published.

            Attached screenshot. Could you please assist.

            If we select create project site is publishes the project but no site is created as expected but next time it comes up again and do not create project site option on the pop up is always disabled.

            Has anything changed recently as this…

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            • Show proper message when opening Project when acting as delegate

              Show a proper descriptive message when opening Project when acting as delegate.

              Right now when someone starts Project while acting as a delegate, a message pops up saying "Project was unable to establish a connection with <pwa>", which is highly confusing to new users.

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                0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Import a baseline like other tools such as Primvavera and Asta

                Import a baseline like other tools such as Primavera and Asta

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                  0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • enable printing on A0 or A1

                  enable printing on A0 or A1

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                    0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make the spell checker dialog box scroll to matching sheet row cell

                    When you use the spell checker, the dialog box opens on screen and ID's a mis-spelled word. But the sheet row cells remain static on screen. It doesn't automatically scroll down to the matching cell where the error is found. (As does other Office programs Excel, Word do.) So you can see the word in context without having to manually scroll to it. (MSP Pro 2016)

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                      0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make 'Start' and 'finish' dates Read only

                      PMs often change 'Start' and 'Finish' dates for tasks accidently which, in turn, applies scheduling constraints to tasks. This often introduces confusion and complexity into a schedule.

                      Instead I suggest that 'Start' and 'Finish' columns for 'Auto scheduled' tasks be made read only. (if you want to adjust dates, use manually scheduled tasks).

                      If a PM wants to impose fixed date (my means of a Scheduling Constraint) they could double click on the task and from the advanced tab of the Task Information apply a scheduling constraint from there.

                      I understand that this is a significant paradigm shift for Project…

                      23 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make Project Id field visible in Project Professional

                        If an Enterprise Project Type has a Project ID enabled, it should be visible in the Project client too, e.g. in the Project Information dialog.

                        4 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a filter for predecessors and successors of a selected task

                          The current #TaskPath feature will highlight predecessors and successors of a selected task, but when you have several hundred tasks and the successors are many lines below, it is difficult to follow the full task path. I would like to be able to #filter the predecessors and successors (and driving predecessors and driven successors) to get a quick look at all the dependent tasks.

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                            0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve visual for saving process

                            When saving updates on a project, the field that shows if it's still processing or if the saving process is completed is only showing at the top of the page and doesn't move with when you are at the bottom of the page, very frustrating.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Please add a button "Today" in the "Change Working Time" window.

                              Users and beginners in particular can get lost in time while scrolling through time and adding holidays in the "Change Working Time" window. At the moment there is no easy way to get back quickly to the current date.

                              2 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Timescale Displaying "FY" in label for years

                                It would be very helpful In the timescale set up options when you select "Use fiscal year" that "FY" is added to the date display. So that the 2016, 2017, 2018 is shown as FY2016, FY2017, FY2018 or FY16, FY17, FY18 in the label. So that the viewer or reader visually knows the schedule calculated by FY, vice CY years. Many government programs must use fiscal year so "first quarter" is Oct - Dec.
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                                  1 comment  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add Agile tasks in the Software Development template

                                  In place of tasks for Develop Code and Unit Test, provide a Sprint #1 summary task with detail tasks for design, build, test, demo, and a deliver milestone.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improve desktop default options

                                    Out of the box, set defaults better:
                                    Check Entry bar
                                    Check Project Summary Task
                                    Uncheck, “New tasks are effort driven”
                                    Uncheck, “Autolink inserted or moved tasks”.
                                    Uncheck, “Move selection after enter”
                                    If Project > Status Date is entered, then have the Status gridline appear on all tables automatically. Use the -.-.-.-. line. Have the Status gridline dominate the Current date gridline.
                                    Change Type to Line to avoid ambiguity with task and resource Type.
                                    Fix Auto-schedule option so it can be selected before or after “All new projects”

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                                      0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Vocabulary improvement

                                      Change Work to Workhours, Actual Work to Actual Workhours, and Remaining Work to Remaining Workhours – to help newbies distinguish from Durations.
                                      Change Peak to Calculated Units. The word Peak is inappropriate. Remove the ability to insert Peak except in Usage tables.
                                      Change Total Slack to Slack Total; Change Free Slack to Slack Free - so newbies find them easier
                                      Change %-complete to %-Duration-Complete
                                      On the Project dialog, change Status to Status Date to avoid ambiguity with the Status column
                                      Change Predecessor to Driver; Change Successor to Follower. “Predecessor” is inappropriate with Start-Finish dependencies.
                                      Use Release, not Version, where appropriate

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                                      • Traditional and improved desktop versions

                                        The improved version would have better vocabulary, default options, ribbons, tables, behavior, etc.
                                        Clearly Microsoft Project was produced by Developers, not by Project Managers. Ribbons and tables are not arranged the way they are used.
                                        Microsoft Project is losing market to simple tools which lack important features because Microsoft Project remains poorly architected for project managers and schedulers. Most mistakes in architecting Microsoft Project from the first release remain in all subsequent releases.
                                        Most project managers are unprepared for scheduling, self-educated, and unaware of what Microsoft project could do for them once appropriately configured and used.
                                        Rearrange Microsoft Project for…

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Project Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • a leader for a task

                                          It would be nice for those at a higher level to see who is the leader of a task. It is, by all means, important to know all the players. Who is the one assigned as a task owner.

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