Project 2010 at TechED Europe 2010

As we announced earlier – Project 2010 will have a great presence at TechEd Europe 2010! Christophe has posted more session-related details today and you can check all the session on http://europe.msteched.com/Topic/List and start to build your session schedule using the schedule builder! Project 2010 Sessions OFS201 – Application Lifecycle Management – Microsoft Project 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010, Better Together OFS306-IS – Project 2010 Development for SharePoint Developers With Real-World Examples OFS224 – Project 2010 Demo, Demo, Demo – Overview for IT Professionals and Developers OFS305-IS – Project 2010 Deployment And Upgrade – the theory, the myth and the best practices Project 2010 Hands-on Lab OFS210-HOL – Project 2010 – End to End Project and Portfolio Management built on SharePoint 2010 – Self Paced Hands-on Lab Project 2010 Booth As usually we will have a Project 2010 booth staffed with the following experts ready to answer your Project 2010 questions: Bernhard Fischer ( http://www.wodey.de/ ) Mike Wuebboldt ( http://solutiontime.de/ ) Stefan Kiehne ( http://www.campana-schott.com/ ) Christophe Fiessinger (Microsoft) Stephan Fasshauer (Microsoft) Jan Kalis (Microsoft) You can also look forward to the Project 2010 T-Shirts and USB keys with the Project 2010 Quick Start Training for offline viewing! Looking forward to see you all! Jan

Using metrics to, you know, actually measure stuff?…that’s crazy talk!

A fundamental part of the work we do on our team is to measure things: the costs of deploying desktops, the business value of an application lifecycle management solution, the costs of managing a virtualized server environment, etc. In doing this, we aim to drive scenarios that amplify the value that our future products will have to our core customers. And to do that, it’s important to understand how our customers measure performance, costs, risk, and so forth and put that in a context of how our products are being used. In a recent survey I conducted of 45 developers, DBAs, and information workers and managers, I wanted to understand what metrics were being used measure the effectiveness of current processes and technologies across a set of application platform scenarios such as building composite apps, managing app servers, and data warehousing to name a few. What I found is that most respondents had very little sense of what measures were used to track the effectiveness of the work they do. This was especially surprising given the number of respondents who described themselves as having a very mature IT organization. In his excellent book: How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business , author Douglas Hubbard makes a compelling case for how it is possible to measure just about anything from a business context. The value of his message, in my opinion, is not that you can measure these things or even that you should. Rather, I think the biggest value here is how to measure. Without going into a lot of detail (and spoiling the thrilling end of the book!), he states that even if an organization doesn’t have a specific measure for some process or desired outcome, they will certainly at least have some observable way to detect an improvement that the business values . If not, you wouldn’t do it. Given that rather straightforward and somewhat obvious statement, it’s clear that every organization in a business context will have measureable processes, technologies, and/or outcomes whether or not they have specific metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs). What has your experience been in measuring your work against specific measures? How do you measure the effectiveness of your team’s work? Let me know at erik.svenson@microsoft.com or feel free to post a comment. All the best, Erik Svenson, Application Platform Lead, War on Cost Team

Newly Published Content thus far for September 2010

The Microsoft Project Server 2010 Server Settings Backup/RestoreTool Describes how to use the Microsoft Project Server 2010 Server Settings Backup/Restore tool (available in the Project 2010 Resource Kit) to migrate server settings from one Project Server 2010 instance to another. Plan for virtual environments for Office Project Server 2010 Describes deploying Project Server 2010 in virtual environments. Plan for using Project Server 2010 in a Hyper-V virtual environment Describes deploying Project Server 2010 using a Hyper-V virtual environment. Hitchhiker’s Guide to Demand Management (white paper) A whitepaper discussing the Demand Management feature in Microsoft Project. Move all databases to a different server (Project Server 2010) Describes how to move all Microsoft Project databases to a different instance of Microsoft SQL Server.