SharePoint Saturday Sydney is coming – Saturday October 27th

I don't really, Melbourne is the place for me.SharePoint Saturday Sydney has come around again and I am pleased to announce that I have been given the opportunity to present on one of my favourite new features of 2013, Work Management.

The session title and abstract are as follows:

Work Management in SharePoint 2013: What it is and why you will love it

If you have ever tried to track tasks in SharePoint, lists or pieces of paper, you are going to love the new Work Management capabilities of SharePoint 2013. Come along to this session to get an understanding of these exciting new capabilities and how quickly you can start using them in your organisation for project and work management

Registration for SharePoint Saturday is free and includes top notch sessions from local and international experts on SharePoint including MCM’s, MVPs and Microsoft themselves. You can see the full agenda and speakers at

If you are in Sydney on the 27th and interested in SharePoint, especially the new version, come on down, the details are:

When: Saturday 27th October 2012

Where: Cliftons, 190 George Street, Sydney, NSW

Cost: Free – register at

I look forward to seeing you there Smile


Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Toronto–7th July

SharePoint Saturday TorontoI am delighted to announce that I will be speaking at my first international SharePoint Saturday, the sell out SPSToronto on July 7th on one of my favourite topics ‘Leveraging Project Server 2010 for SharePoint Governance and Lifecycle Management’.

“You’ve installed SharePoint and now everybody is using it, but how do you handle business requests for new sites, workflows, custom applications, web parts and dashboards? Come along to this session to see how you could implement a powerful request / workflow solution to assist your organization to view, analyze, prioritize and resource requests using the workflow and portfolio analytics capabilities of Project Server 2010.”

I will be at SPS Toronto all day and would love to chat about all things Project, Project Server or Workflow, so if your attending please feel free to reach out via or come and find me in person.

For those of you not lucky enough to have tickets, there is a wait list you can sign up for at

Building advanced Project Server workflows with Nintex Workflow for Project Server

Last week I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Dux Raymond Sy about my upcoming session at the Microsoft Project Conference which I will be presenting with Mark McDermott of Nintex. Mark and I have been busy putting the final touches to the presentation and demonstrations and have a really great session planned.

Our session is on Thursday 22nd March at 10:30am in room North 222 C. If can’t make it, or even if you can, make sure you follow the twitter hash tags #pc332 and #mspc12 to keep up with the action.

MPUG Melbourne–Tuesday 6th December


It’s time for the last MPUG Melbourne of 2011, being held at Microsoft Melbourne on Tuesday 6th December. In a change from previous events, this session is being held at 12:00pm, instead of the usual 5:30pm start, based on feedback from attendees.

The topic for December is The low-down on Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1

We will provide an overview of the recently released Microsoft Project & Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1. Demonstrating the improvements that have been made that were highly requested by EPM users, including multiple-browser support, synchronisation to Microsoft SharePoint task list updates, manual scheduling extensions, and schedule web part improvements. We will also provide guidance on how to successfully deploy this Service Pack within your organisation.

If you’re running Project Server 2010 and haven’t installed SP1, then this is a must attend event. Registration is free, but please RSVP via EventBright so we know numbers.

Date:  Tuesday 6th December 2011

Time: 12pm to 1:30pm

Location: Microsoft Melbourne, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank VIC 3006

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Melbourne–22nd October 2011

SharePoint Saturday Melbourne is coming up again, being held on the 22nd October in Melbourne’s CBD. For those of you that don’t know , or haven’t heard about SharePoint Saturday here is a definition from the site:

Join SharePoint architects, developers, business users and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for a ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event. SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

The speaker line up is top notch, with at least two SharePoint 2010 MCM’s, several MVP’s and a number of Microsoft speakers all chomping at the bit to spread the SharePoint word Smile

This year I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to spread the Project Server Love once again, presenting a session entitled ‘Leveraging Project Server 2010 for SharePoint Governance and Lifecycle Management’. The session will showcase the SharePoint Lifecycle Management solution recently released by Microsoft and provide a glimpse of how this can be leveraged to improve governance and lifecycle management in your organisation.

Tickets for SharePoint Saturday Melbourne are available from

Tech Ed 2011–Wrap up and resources

imageLast week I was lucky enough to present at Tech Ed Australia twice, once on an Ask the Experts panel for AvePoint and again presenting a full on breakout session along with Brian Farnhill called The SharePoint Developers Guide to Project Server 2010.

The official slide deck for the breakout session, and video / screencast will be available to view at (once processed):

I have also uploaded the original slide deck, to SlideShare which is embedded below, which includes all the notes and can be downloaded to make the most of those all important resource slide links.


In the session there was a number of code examples, the source code for each is available from the links below:

  • Demand management workflow – example of the workflow and associated Playbooks file for Project Server demand management set up
  • PSI – Example web parts to read project data and create project tasks via the PSI
  • Project template – Project web template and codified content type overrides.

I will be taking some of Brian’s code and adding it to some bits I have been tinkering with in the coming weeks for a series of blog posts. Speaking at TechEd was both daunting and exhilarating, requiring a significant amount of preparation. Now that it’s over, normal blog post and newsgroup transmission should resume Smile

Less than two weeks to go…

blogBling_150x150_02It’s less than two weeks until TechEd Australia, and I have been hard at work with Brian Farnhill  putting the finishing touches to the presentation and demonstrations.

For those of you coming along, I will be taking part in two sessions:

OFS310 The SharePoint Developers Guide to Project Server 2010

Friday 2nd September – 9:45am – 11:00am

It’s just meant to be – Project Server and SharePoint server are better together, and this is the session that will show you why. Come and join us as we take you on a tour showing how the two products work together, and how you can deliver better solutions by integrating the two. Get to know how developers can leverage both of these great tools together and how you can deliver more value, what the features of the tools can offer and what you need to know as a developer to start solving real world business problems.

AIT001 | Ask a SharePoint Expert: Q&A Panel (End / Business Users)

Tuesday 30th August – 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Join the SharePoint End / Business user ‘experts Alexander Burton. Dan Holme, Ben Walters & Bhavik Merchant for a open forum Q&A panel in the SharePoint Interactive Theatre in the Expo hall, sponsored by AvePoint.

Finally, it would be a crime to miss out on fellow Project MVP, Marc Soester’s session. Marc is a fantastic speaker and his sessions always entertaining and informative.

OFS311 BI and Reporting using Project Server and SharePoint

Thursday 1st September – 3:30pm – 4:45pm

One of the main challenges organisations face is giving users the flexibility to report against Project, Resource and Portfolio information. This session will give you the insight on how you can take advantage of the great reporting features in Microsoft Project Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. By utilising Microsoft Project Servers build in Data Warehouse in combination with the SharePoint Business Intelligence tools, Project Server delivers what your Project team and your Executives require.

Learn how users are able to generate their own ad hoc reports minimising the overall cost and effort to produce meaningful reports. This session will give you a deep dive on how to manage projects, Resource and portfolio dashboards by creating Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reports using PerformancePoint Services, Excel Services and Power Pivot utilising Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Analysis Services 2008 R2.

I will be at TechEd Australia all week, so if you have any questions, or would like to catch up to see some more of Project Server, please do not hesitate to contact me.