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  1. Enable SharePoint Taslklist Enterprise Project Types to have a templates

    When creating a project from a SharePoint tasklist EPT, it should be able to use a enterprise template like other EPTs. The template tasks should be used to create the initial task in the list.

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    • Since you have now added Status to the TimeLine view, can you include a bar for baseline information?

      Since you added the capability, not yet in full production, of putting status information on the Timeline view, can you also allow the user the ability to include Baseline information. Giving the user the ability to select bar styles in the Timeline view, like we do in the Gantt Chart, would be a great help.

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      • Dates from Project should paste into Excel as date format (with underlying number) so that it is useful.

        Dates from Project should paste into Excel as date format (with underlying number) so that it is useful.
        If dates can be pasted into excel then it is possible to generate a cashflow in excel based upon the dates that were generated by dragging the bars about in Project. Until now I have used VBA to convert the 'text dates' from Project into underlying excel date numbers by programmatically replacing the text with an 'excel date'.

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        • Workflow Health - direct links to workflows

          A overview of suspended workflows and the ability to go directly to this flow for debugging and find a clear project reference for restarting the correct flow.

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          • SharePoint List Filter web part is not working with Project Site List

            We found an issue on Project site, SharePoint List Filter web part is not working on Project List site and any filtering as we expected but filter is getting apply with image on table value. The same web part is working with SharePoint List site. Please refer attach screen shot for more clarification.

            Please have a look in to the matter and get back to us.

            Thanks & Regards,
            Prashant Kumar
            +91 8147320151

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            • network diagram

              Improved Network Diagram view. Improve the functionality to make the utility similar (as one example) to WBS Pro application.

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              • Add shock absorbers to templates

                • Risk: Aggregate Risk Contingency, ahead of the product delivery task, add a task with a lag so that it is not compressible and can be adjusted when a risk event actually happens.
                • Project Buffer: After the Aggregate Risk Contingency task, add a task with a Start No Earlier Than constraint so that it is compressible. On that project buffer task, include a Note stating that including a Project Buffer is appropriate only if buffers are removed from each task, as when scheduling with median estimates, rather than conservative estimates.

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                • Improve template task names

                  • Make all detail tasks evidence based, e.g. instead of Analyze Requirements, provide Produce Requirements Document. The task is finished when the document is delivered.
                  Better is to put the verb at the end to enable speed reading down the Task Names to find a particular task, e.g. Requirements Document: produce & get approval.
                  • Make milestones all have past tense verbs because management is more interested in what has been achievED that in what is planned.
                  • Make Summary tasks have “…ing” verbs (gerunds) to help differentiate from detail and milestone tasks.

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                  • Task Ribbon rearrange into planning and tracking sections

                    Rearrange sections Schedule and Tasks into Planning and Tracking sections.
                    Planning: New task, Summary, Milestone, Link, unlink, etc.
                    Tracking: Gather updating tools together
                    Mark on track, Update task, Move(s)…

                    On Tasks, remove 25% and 75% tools - they promote updating incorrectly, instead of Remaining Worhours or Remaining Duration.

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                    • Estimating tables

                      Single point Workhours estimates: Use Task Usage: show Workhours, Type, Effort driven, Duration, Resource Name, Driver, Follower

                      Range estimates: High, Low, and Median [(High + Low)/2] estimates. Provide a tool that copies the Median column into the Workhours column, which leads to the product median delivery date. Provide a tool that copies the High estimate column which leads to the product late delivery date. Half the difference in dates provides a way to calculate the Project Buffer. Yes, having Monte Carlo would be better; but having no range estimating is much worse.

                      Parametric estimates: Count, Unit effort, Effort. Copying the…

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                      • Tables and views improvements

                        Entry table: Left of Duration, insert Workhours. Include Successor (Follower). Background color vacant successors (Followers).

                        Task Usage and Resource Usage (Usage table): (Only Usage tables provide all the attributes of selected tasks).
                        Insert Workhours, Assignment Units, Calculated Units, Type, Effort Driven, Duration
                        Tracking table: Insert Indicators at left so -
                        Completed tasks are checked
                        Note icons appear
                        Over allocations appear
                        Move Actual Workhours to the right of Task Names
                        Move Actual Workhours after Task Names
                        Then insert Remaining Workhours
                        Then Baseline Finish, with ability to select which Baseline appears
                        Then Variance, with ability to select which Baseline is used

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                        • MPUG with purchase

                          With purchase of desktop Microsoft Project, provide a coupon for MPUG membership. In MPUG.com, have an introduction for new users. State that %-complete is the fraction of the duration in the past, not the fraction of the objective achieved.
                          State that Manual scheduling produces a static schedule based on dates entered by the user, while Auto-scheduling produces a dynamic schedule that calculates dates based on task estimates and dependencies.

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                            • bar styles window/palette

                              Bar Styles Palette/Window

                              1) The pop-up window to set bar styles should show the following three options at the bottom (a) OK, (b) Safe Settings, (c) Abort, instead of the current two options (a) OK and (c) Abort. Finally bar styles could be displayed permanently as a palette versus the current pop-up and close window.

                              2) The pop-up window to set bar styles shlould not be limitted to a fixed size, to limit unecessary up and down scrolling.

                              Working on a big or two Screens the above proposed changes would allow to make the workflow more efficient, as "bar styles"…

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                              • Enable filters in Custom Fields overview (Server Settings)

                                Since Project Online now supports up to thousands of custom fields, please update the view in server settings allowing admins to group and filter on specific custom fields types.

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                                • Support photos (name and details) in modern lists when using a person column

                                  This used to worked fine prior to modern lists rollout.

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                                  • Restore previous document library ability to approve multiple documents at once

                                    The previous version of Document Library allowed selection of multiple documents then Approve could be performed for all selected. This feature has been removed in the new SharePoint. Please reinstate it!

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                                    • Mobile device compatibility for SharePoint Document Approvals in Project Site

                                      Currently you cannot use a mobile platform to approve a document approval task. The email massage stated to "Use the Open this Task button" to mark the task complete. This button is only available in the outlook client. It is not available in OWA not any mobile view. It would be great if I could just review the document and process the approval task on any device.

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                                      • Allow for calendar selection on Start and Actual Start fields in the Tasks page

                                        The Finish and Actual Finish fields allow you to view a calendar selection tool when modifying those field values from the Tasks page. However, the Start and Actual Start fields do not. You just have to type the date values into these fields. Why would there be different behavior for the same type of field (date)? Please please please standardize!

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