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  1. Provide support for backup and restore of a single project

    Back in the day, in Project Server, there used to be a feature that allowed Project Managers to backup their Projects at a stable state, make as many changes as they want, and in case things go south, restore the project from its previously backed up state.

    Can we please have that functionality for Project Online? This is Microsoft cloud after all. How difficult can a backup be?

    113 votes
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      8 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow Administrators to modify the Status Manager without requiring manual intervention from the resource who created the task.

      Currently, a status manager must log in to Project Server in order to update the status manager for a task. It would be easier if there was a category or global permission assigned to the Administrators group that would permit someone else to change the value.

      79 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Lock down specific levels/tasks of a project plan template

        Ensuring that key reporting tasks or milestones of a plan tempate is protected. This would allow for much stronger reporting and would remove the need of programmatically control specific key tasks.

        24 votes
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        • Allow the management of cost resources in the PWA and their assignment in templates for new projects

          Currently cost resources can only be properly used via the Project Professional client. They cannot be assigned in a template for a new project as this crashes the project creation. When using those resources in the PWA you can assign them, but you cannot update, cost, actual cost and remaining cost values as the fields are only editable in Task views and update only the task field but not the assignment fields (different to editing work resources, where updates on task level reflect also to the assignments). Therefore cost resources are currently useless when editing projects only via the PWA

          21 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Project Status And Archiving

            Project status Active, Complete, Cancelled

            When a project is active it show up on project center. When its complete or cancelled, an archive option now let us archive the project in a specific place witch project manager can access for consulting and lessons learned. Its not on project center anymore, and the same happens eith the project site and other data like issues and risks that belongs to the archive project.

            When a project is cancelled and it's not 100% yet (example: you cancel a project around 40% complete). You can archive the project with a cancelled report saying what…

            20 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Fill Down Scrolling Auto Stops at Last Task

              Project zooms past the last schedule task when trying to select multiple rows using features such as fill down. In many cases, the PMs will fill down well past the last task, which in turn creates new tasks that then must be deleted. The logic has been built into Excel to stop the rapid scrolling at the last spreadsheet row and it would be nice if Project had the same feature.

              16 votes
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              • Prevent deletion of tasks with baselines

                Users often forget to clear the baseline before deleting a task. Show an alert message if a user tries to delete a baselined task.

                14 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Project Online an VSTS integration for Agile

                  Long awaited integration between Project Online and VSTS. Would be good to have a story around agile frameworks like SAFe.

                  13 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Build Team in Project Online / PWA - Add search field for resources

                    The Build Team page in Project Online / PWA needs a search field.

                    It is needed to help organisations with large resource pools to find resources (at least by name as a minimum) that they wish to add to project teams.

                    10 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Prevent Direct Manipulation of Baseline Fields in Views

                      Presently, all fields within all baselines can be directly and manually manipulated within any schedule view. This exposes critical benchmark data to inadvertent updates and corruption, which could result in the data being unusable. PMO procedures require baselines be taken at certain key points within the project life cycle. Once a baseline is captured the PM can directly manipulate any baseline field value on both task and summary task levels simply by displaying the field in a view and typing over it. When this occurs, the baseline data has been corrupted. Summary totals stored in summary rows may now be…

                      9 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Project process workflows

                        Currently there are no workflow processes OOTB for project processes like change requests, design reviews, variation orders, etc. These need to be customized into the project site. We need to have some project management best practice processes integrated into the solution.

                        9 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make it possible to Pin the 'Project' and 'Resouce' ribbon within PWA

                          Make it so that a user can Pin the 'Project' and 'Resource' ribbons that have a habit of auto hiding

                          9 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • "task notes"

                            Show Task Notes in Indicator Column in Project View in PWA

                            7 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a Baseline Comment Field

                              New project baselines are typically required due to scope, priority, or resource changes. We could track these changes more easily if each baseline included a comment field.

                              7 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Check-in Option for Project Online ribbon

                                Project Online has options to Save, Close and Publish on the ribbon. Check-in is triggered by Close but that then takes the User back to PWA Home. If user has project checked out and then decides to open the Plan locally the user has to close, check-in then navigate back to reopen the plan. It would be easier if Check-in was available as an option on the ribbon

                                6 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Send notifications ONLY for tasks that have changed

                                  I'm using notifications to alert my team that they've been assigned a task. I have 400 tasks and a team of 30 people. Every time I publish, all 30 people get a notification about all of their assigned tasks, which is overwhelming them and now the notifications are useless. I'd prefer to have notifications sent only for tasks that have changed during the current session.

                                  6 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Project Plan re-baseline Approval Process

                                    Is it possible to have the Set Baseline Approval in the Project Plan (schedule)? For some of the project, we couldn't let Project Manager to re-baseline without Portfolio Management awareness or top management approval.

                                    6 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Display the Task ID number on the Resource Usage Views

                                      The Task ID number is not available for display on the Resource Usage views. Ease of use would be enhanced with its availability. Task Names are often similar, if not identical to others within the same project. As project size increases, so does the likelihood of similarly named tasks. The WBS number can offer some assistance, but its hierarchical structure will test the PM’s short term memory in toggling between task and resource views. Availability of a single sequential number shared between views would aid in cross-view searches. This is especially when a person unfamiliar with the schedule is performing…

                                      5 votes
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                                      • enable historical status update

                                        Allow project managers to submit a status update report based on the project current custom fields , and maintain a historical trail of those status updates

                                        4 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide Capability to Color Code Summary Row Levels

                                          When displaying summary and task rows, the difference between a summary and task row is often indistinguishable when scrolling horizontal.
                                          Visually, summary rows are displayed as bold and task rows are displayed non-bold. However, to distinguish between different summary rows, the Task Name column must be fully displayed or an addition column such as Outline Level / WBS Level must be added and visible on the screen. When columns are scrolled horizontally and these fields are not visible, it is often difficult to determine which rows represent which summary task level.
                                          Proposed Solution: Provide schedule level capability to customize summary…

                                          4 votes
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