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Project 2010 Professional and timesheets RRS feed

  • Question

  •   I have read much about the time sheet use in Project 2010, but it seems that it is directly tied to Project Server. Does Project standard or Project Professional have a timesheet feature and if so does it need project server in order to funtion? Would it be possible to run the time sheet features without Project Server, if so would there be limitations to this method of using time sheets?

    See below for how we want to implement the time sheets features.

    Background for the question...

       Last year we started using Project 2010 to help track progress on our new products being developed. Management has been pleased with the results and now has added another requirement to be able to track hours not tied to a specific task.  These hours are the time our drafts people and engineers are supporting production or quality Assurance on regular production or supporting another department "other than Engineering" for non "new product issues"

      Fortunately we are not trying to capture all of the details of what they are doing, but more of a general bucket of hours spent supporting other departments, so we can see how much time is being spent in these endeavors for better forecasting and capacity planning.

       The idea is to allow each of the team members to input the actual hours in to a task "bucket" (timesheet). We want to have a general bucket for each type of support issue (or other time consumption like general meetings).

     

    Thank you,

     

    Dan

     

     

    Monday, January 9, 2012 7:28 PM

Answers

  • DanIT2
     
    Without using Project Server 2010, then no, you cannot use the Timesheet feature that is available in Project Server 2010.  If you have Microsoft Project Professional 2010 without Project Server 2010, the best you can do is the Sync to SharePoint Tasks List feature, but I doubt that would meet your reporting requirement.  If you have the Standard version of Microsoft Project 2010, the Sync to SharePoint Tasks List feature is not available, as this feature is included in only the Professional version of the software.  Frankly, I think it would be simpler if you created some type of printed timesheet or Excel workbook into which people could write or type their numbers for the bucket tasks.  Hope this helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    • Marked as answer by DanIT2 Monday, January 9, 2012 8:20 PM
    Monday, January 9, 2012 7:37 PM
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  • DanIT2
     
    Without using Project Server 2010, then no, you cannot use the Timesheet feature that is available in Project Server 2010.  If you have Microsoft Project Professional 2010 without Project Server 2010, the best you can do is the Sync to SharePoint Tasks List feature, but I doubt that would meet your reporting requirement.  If you have the Standard version of Microsoft Project 2010, the Sync to SharePoint Tasks List feature is not available, as this feature is included in only the Professional version of the software.  Frankly, I think it would be simpler if you created some type of printed timesheet or Excel workbook into which people could write or type their numbers for the bucket tasks.  Hope this helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    • Marked as answer by DanIT2 Monday, January 9, 2012 8:20 PM
    Monday, January 9, 2012 7:37 PM
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  • Dale,

     

    Thank you, while this was the same conclusion I had derived from what I had read, my stakeholder wanted an expert opinion rather than my educated guess from my research.

     

    Thank you for your assistance.

     

    Dan

    Monday, January 9, 2012 8:15 PM
  • Dan --
     
    You educated guess matches the expert opinion exactly, so I trust your stakeholder was impressed with your intuition!  And you are more than welcome for the help, my friend.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Monday, January 9, 2012 10:06 PM
    Moderator