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Using Microsoft Project 2010 to Plan My Trip

I’m taking a sabbatical from October 7th to January 2nd. It’s an award I was given at my 10 year Microsoft anniversary. It’s an opportunity to unplug, relax and come back recharged for 2012 – specifically Project Conference 2012 in March! There’s never a great time to take time off, but this window turns out to be a pretty good time. I plan to write a blog post reflecting on my 10 years at Microsoft – stay tuned for that!

Now back to the topic. With 12 weeks time off, my wife and I discussed many different ways to spend the time. We wanted to spend time with family, visit Europe and also go to South Asia for some warm weather. We started planning with paper and pen and very quickly we realized that we needed a lot of rewriting and paper. :–) Some of the reasons why this was the case:

- We needed visas for a few of the places we wanted to visit and visas need processing time, have restrictions, etc.

- We wanted to spend time with both of our extended families. Family dates kept moving.

- We were flexible in our travel dates and could adjust our schedule based on ticket/hotel prices.

- We had a preference on the trip order.

So what did I do? I think most people would have tried using Excel – which would have helped but not solve the problem. I went right into Project Professional 2010 to schedule my trip! And it has proved to be very helpful in planning and communicating my trip details to family members – thanks to the power of scheduling and the timeline view!

Here are two simple steps I took before I started planning:

1. Change Working Time. I changed the default calendar to a 24 Hour calendar. Be sure to go into Options and change hours per day/week values. Vacation is a 24-hour “job”! :–)

2. Change Project Information. Apply the 24-hour calendar to your Project.

That’s it. I was ready to go! Very easy to plan, to change and communicate. And most importantly, I’m excited about my time off and I feel confident that we’ve put together a solid plan! Below is a high-level timeline – I’ve cleaned it up for privacy reasons but should give you a good idea of how I am communicating my trip schedule with my family and friends.



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SharePoint Retreat Saturday

SharePoint Retreat London 2011, Saturday, March 05, 2011 London held by Andrew Woodward (@AndrewWoody) & Wes Hackett.  A brilliant day, if you get a chance to go to 1 of these you should.  Met some good SP people and got great tips & pointers.  The bonus was I won a Type Mock Isolator licence.

Andrew gave a clear example that we worked on throughout the day, enjoyed the unit testing with nUnit.  I’m not totally sold on the TypeMoch as I feel like I’m testing the SharePoint API but it does increase code coverage.    

More Info:
Paul Hunt (@cimares) has done 3 great posts on the SPRetreat event.  Paul has transcribed the sessions extremely well and with good examples delivered in a step by step approach.

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Clark Atlanta University Improves Campus Communications With Siemens Enterprise Communications

RESTON, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Facing a telecommunications infrastructure that was rapidly becoming obsolete, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) sought the help of Siemens Enterprise Communications to deploy a campus-wide IP unified communications (UC) system that would move the school to IP phones, improve call center capability, and help the university save money. Located in the heart …
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Source: redOrbit
Date Published: 29th March 11

SharePoint Connections Coast-to-Coast: I’ll be there! (San Antonio & San Diego)

The folks at DevConnections have kicked off a new roadshow that’s hitting 6 cities from March 2011 – May. These events, three-days in duration, will deliver some top-notch content for SharePoint administrators, developers and power users in addition to a one-day SharePoint 2010 Development Bootcamp!

I’m presenting three sessions in the San Antonio, TX (March 14-16, 2011) stop and San Diego, CA (May 2-4, 2011) stop. The sessions I plan to present are as follows:

  • Building Silverlight Applications for SharePoint 2010   
    SharePoint 2010 introduced numerous capabilities available to developers for building rich Silverlight applications. In this session we’ll take a look at what is available to you specifically in the Client Object Model & REST services. We’ll also look into some tips and tricks to improve the performance of your Silverlight application and how to leverage the very popular MVVM design pattern when building applications for SharePoint 2010.
  • Creating Content-Centric Sites with SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management
    SharePoint 2010 provides all the tools you need to create content centric Internet/Extranet/Intranet facing solutions that do not fit the mold of traditional SharePoint collaboration solutions. These capabilities, dubbed Web Content Management (WCM), enable content owners and managers to create sites that are consumed by a very large user base. In this session you’ll learn how to create compelling content-centric sites using just the browser and SharePoint Designer 2010 including creating custom page types, page templates, modifying the user experience as well as enforcing certain business rules for content publication and storage.
  • Developing & Extending SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Content Management   
    Microsoft made considerable investments in the Enterprise Content Management capabilities in SharePoint 2010. While SharePoint 2010 includes many OOTB features, Microsoft has provided many extensibility points for developers to create robust and custom solutions for ECM scenarios. This session you will demonstrate how to create document sets declaratively to promote reuse across multiple SharePoint environments. In addition you will see how to introduce custom business logic into the creation of document IDs and interacting with managed metadata programmatically.

As an added bonus, the first 100 developers that register for each event will get to attend the SharePoint 2010 Development Bootcamp for FREE (9 value)!!! Not a bad freebie!

Only limited registrations available for this event, so make sure you register early!

» SharePoint Connections Coast-to-Coast: San Antonio, TX – March 14-16, 2011
» SharePoint Connections Coast-to-Coast: San Diego, CA – May 2-4, 2011

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