Michael Wharton has been awarded the Project MVP (Microsoft Valuable Professional). Microsoft only awards Project MVP to roughly tweny-five people in the world for their outstanding contributions to the project and project server community. Only a quarter of the MVP are located in the United States. Michael's contributes to the TechNet forums, his many project implements for a variety of clients and his blogs have been recognized as incredible achievements in the project community. Check out his blog at
http://MyProjectExpert.com It contains his field notes and tricks and tips for using project and project server.
When looking for a Microsoft Project Server consultant; look for consultant that actually uses project server in his business and when deploying project server. Someone who understands the whole picture of a PMO and can pull together all the pieces for implementation. The project server maestro understand project management, business strategy, technical requirements for installation and configuration, engineering processes and training staff for implementation. Pulling it al together that promotes cultural adoption within the organization.
Wharton Computer Consulting, Inc. has been serving the Triad community providing project management and software consulting services for large and small companies since 1997. We have been helping companies implement project server 2003, 2007, 2010 and now 2013. Our expertise includes all phases of deployment from requirements gathering to configuration and deployment. We guarantee to get your company up and running in 10 days using the following method.
We been running Project Server 2013 since the beta bits and have already performed over fifty installations in the lab. We have built PowerShell scripts to make the installation easier and documented. Did you know that Project Server 2013 has several new security permissions available, or that workflow 2013 is not built into Project Server 2010 or that claims mode is the default mode for site collections. Look to us first when moving to the latest version of Project Server 2013. We provide guidance to your IT staff in getting it right the first time.
Each migrations comes with hidden issues that may not have been documented or found on Google. Or perhaps you read the migration steps and glaze over topics that aren't fully understand. Our experience with past migrations will have those answers for you. We can be the Maestro with organizing your migration between the SQL server folks, the network engineers, the window server engineers, security officers and the PMO and make the migration smooth and successful.
After implementing project server in your PMO and its been running for a year or two, it is a good idea to have unbiased evaluation of how well project server is working. The PMO and Project Server Health Check reviews current processes and procedures in the PMO, identifies areas that could be improved and makes recommendations on how to improve ineffective processes. After doing over twenty five installations and configuration, I can rate how well project server is being utilized in the PMO. What are the next steps for your PMO and how to get there.
Day 1: Audit and general business requirements gathering. Day one I meet with key people and discuss high level requirements, business objectives and strategy. Talk with IT department to understand architect of network and servers for hosting project server. And finally determine SharePoint strategy for implementing Project Server.
Day 2: Installation of Production and Test Project Server. Work with IT department to install both development and production SharePoint and Project Server environments. Load training project server database for training.
Day 3 thru 5: 3 days of Microsoft Server training. During the training we learn all the features of project server and continue to gather requirements of how the tool can be configured for your organization. These three days require that decision makers are included in the training, so as your organizations learn how the tool works, decisions can be made on how project server is to be configured to meet your needs.
Day 6: I document four basic PMO cycles for your organization, which include the Project Life Cycle, the Assignment Cycle, the Approval Cycle and finally the Project Management Cycle. The Project Life Cycle is how your company currently develops projects and is used as the foundation for snapping in project server. The other three cycle are new cycles that are used for managing projects.
Day 7: A prototype is configured based on previous requirements gathering meeting. We build prototype based on how many companies have configured project server. We can tweak this during the prototype validation.
Day 8: Walk thru of project server configuration prototype and validation. Key personal determine that processes are acceptable for their organization.
Day 9: Using the project server prototype, key members walk thru a 4 hour simulation of using project server and validate with real hands on experience. The four hour simulation we represent four weeks of all the cycles discussed in day six.
Day 10: Final touches and begin production (or pilot) of Microsoft Project Server. Identify projects, import projects and provide two hour overview for team members on how they will enter time into project server.
Managing COSTS, SCHEDULES and RESOURCES is more critical now than ever with today's economy. Project server 2010 provides tools and process for companies to perform better with their planning, execution and monitoring of projects. When used properly management can make informed decisions on how to manage costs, keep projects on schedule and balance the workload on resources.
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We use Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) for training. MOC provides the curriculum, lectures, labs and book for the best training experience. All the MOC can be customized for your company needs. 25 years of teaching experience, along with real work experience to answer questions not found in the text books. We can also create custom training for SharePoint users. We use other project training materials from other training such as MSProjectExperts, Scheduling Dynamics and The Missing Manual series.