Publish Microsoft Project to SharePoint Project Web App (PWA)

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You can upload your Microsoft Project File online to SharePoint, to take advantage of Microsoft Project Web App collaboration features.

Suppose you have multiple PMs updating multiple MPP files, and you want to provide an all-up PMO status of all projects.  Now you can publish the MPP files to Project Web App (PWA) on SharePoint, and then monitor the all-projects view, or utilize an Odata connection to PWA to create a visualization dashboard using Power BI.  Each PM can update their own MPP files while the broader team and management can synchronize and roll up data on all projects.

Sync/Publish an MPP to PWA Workflow:

  1. Go to your MS Project desktop software.
  2. Under the File menu, choose manage accounts.
  3. Add a Connection
  4. Configure with your target SharePoint site, in this case we use the demo location:
  5. PWA1
  6. In the checkbox below, select, choose an account.   PWA2This will ensure you are not forced to the incorrect account at startup.  For example you maybe using two different logins if you are working with different customer/clients.
  7. Click okay, then close Microsoft project.
  8. Open up MS Project again, and choose your connection that you gave above.  PWA3
  9. Now open your MPP file.
  10. Use the File Menu, Choose the Publish Button.
  11. Once published you can go to Sharepoint, and you will see you project there.  In this example you would go to http://www.testcompany.Sharepoint.com/sites/pwa/
  12. You can then update from the desktop client, and publish online.

Next post, I will talk about visualizations of PWA with Power BI.  A great scenario for PMOs looking to visualize and draw insights on their projects.

What we can learn from Amazon around AI and the jobs of the future

What we can learn from Amazon around AI and the jobs of the future:

https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/do-more-what-amazon-teaches-us-about-ai-and-the-jobless-future-8051b19a66af

Some key insights as highlighted in the article by Tim O’Reilly:

  1. Amazon reminds us again and again that it isn’t technology that eliminates jobs, it is the short-sighted business decisions that use technology simply to cut costs and fatten corporate profits.
  2. As logistics and delivery become more automated, and costs continue to fall, what other kinds of services might be completely rethought, putting people to work delighting each other with currently unimaginable products or levels of service?
  3. As long as we use the productivity gains from technology to create value for society, and ensure that value is widely shared so that customers are able to afford the cornucopia of goods on offer, we will find new ways to put people to work.

I really love the idea where the author talks about imagining if the healthcare experience for patients and families is as delightful as the experience of the consumer engaging with the Amazon.com site.  Healthcare could use machines and AI to increase efficiency, so that health care workers can spend more time providing quality patient care.