Since the Project 2010 demonstration image was first released in beta form there have been a few questions in the forums and around the office about how the Cost Benefit and Risk Evaluation Project Detail Pages (PDPs) were implemented. Both of these PDP’s give a glimpse of how the PDP infrastructure can be leveraged to collect information about a project using the most appropriate mechanism. In the case of the the Cost Benefit PDP, an custom Excel based web part is used to collect financial information which is stored in the document library of the relevant project site.
The Risk Evaluation form uses an InfoPath form to collect risk information and then creates a relative risk weighting which is stored in a central Forms library as well as a total risk value being calculated and written to a project custom field.
Today Microsoft released the Project 2010 Solution Starters, a number of open source additions for Project Server, including some excellent web parts, bulk import and export tools, a report wizard and most importantly the source for the Risk Evaluation and Cost Benefit features, showing exactly how these work.
To get the code, navigate over to the Solution Starter page and choose to download the source.zip file.
Stay tuned for more posts on the Solution Starters in the coming weeks. There are some fantastic additions in there.