This Week in Bamboo (June 24th, 2012 – June 30th, 2012)

This week in Bamboo, we released two new major releases to our store: Project Management Central R3.0 and Time Tracking and Management R1.5 for SharePoint 2010. Please see the release announcement blogs from our Product Manager for details: Project Management Central R3.5 for SharePoint 2010 is Now Available!, and Time Tracking and Management R1.5 for SharePoint 2010 is Now Available!.  For a complete list of bug fixes, great new features, limitations and known issues about the new releases, please see below.

SA12 Project Management Central R3.0 for SharePoint 2010

New Features:

• Improved Microsoft Project 2010 integration:

• New export options for the Bamboo Microsoft Project Add-in to allow tasks to be appended to or merged with an existing Microsoft Project file.
• Improved performance when importing tasks from Microsoft Project to SharePoint using the Bamboo Microsoft Project Add-in.
• Ability to detect working hours conflicts between a PM Central Tasks list being exported and the destination Microsoft Project file.

• Automated project site creation:

• Updated workflow for the project site approval process that automates site creation. Requires Workflow Conductor R2.5, sold separately.

• Enhanced Time Tracking and Management (TTM) integration:

• Additional reports to compare actual work and cost data from TTM timesheets with project estimates.
• Ability for project managers to view actual work and cost totals from TTM timesheets in the project Tasks list for easy comparison with task estimates.
• Includes actual cost and work totals from TTM in the Project Cost Web Part and Project Health list.
• Additional configuration options for Enterprise Resource Pool entries to support new features in TTM, such as secondary timesheet manager and overtime settings.

• Improved site performance:

• In the portfolio site, performance is improved for My Summary, Resources (Resource Allocation and Capacity Planning), Risks, and some reports (Resource Availability and Resource Work Allocation Per Month).
• In the project site, performance is improved for some tabs under Tasks (Overdue Tasks, My Tasks and Baseline View), Resources (Resource Allocation and Capacity Planning), and Overview (Risks chart).

• Includes updated versions of the following components:

• Alert Plus R3.2.91 (file version 30.2.91)
• Calendar Plus Web Part R4.1.114 (file version 40.1.114)
• Chart Plus Web Part R3.0.48 (file version 30.0.48)
• Data-Viewer Web Part R3.4.66 (file version 30.4.66)
• Group Email Web Part R1.7.36 (file version 10.7.36)
• KPI Column R1.3.56 (file version 10.3.56)
 List Print R1.4.23 (file version 10.4.23)
• List Rollup Web Part R6.0.39 (file version 60.0.39)
• List Search Advanced Web Part R1.8.84 (file version 10.8.84.0)
• List Search Simple Web Part R2.1.117 (file version 20.1.117)
• Navigators R1.3.39 (file version 10.3.39)
• Project Portfolio Dashboard R1.8.57 (file version 10.8.57)
• Site Creation Plus R1.4.52 (file version 10.4.52)
• Task Master R3.0.82 (file version 30.0.82)
• Tree View Web Part R1.7.80 (file version 10.7.80)
• Visual Indicator Column R1.3.50 (file version 10.3.50)

Resolved Customer-Reported Bugs and Known Issues/Limitations:

• The “Last run time” value for PM Central timer jobs cannot be displayed on the Update Data page if the application pool account does not have the required access to the SharePoint configuration database.
• Adding a Content Editor Web Part to the Project Home page makes the page refresh repeatedly, resulting in a delay of several minutes for page load.
• If multiple Web applications are configured on the same port with different application pool accounts, the following error is displayed in the Resource Assignments page: “Error: toolbar_GetHtmlMenuView:: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at Bamboo.WebControls.GanttToolbar.c()”
• When you zoom in on data in the Timeline Gantt, milestones on the Project Start Date and Project End Date do not line up with the start and end points of the project Gantt bar.
• When PM Central tasks are exported to Microsoft Project using the “Connect to Microsoft Project” or “Export to MS Project” features, the default Microsoft Project calendar is used instead of the working hours configured in Task Master.
• After exporting PM Central tasks to Microsoft Project using the “Connect to Microsoft Project” feature, changing an existing “Assigned To” value to a new resource, and synchronizing updates back to the PM Central Tasks list, the Tasks list displays two different resources in the “Assigned To” and “Resource” fields.
• When importing tasks from Microsoft Project to a PM Central Tasks list with the option “Don’t create duplicate items if existing”, only new tasks are imported. Existing tasks in PM Central will not be updated with any changed values from Microsoft Project.
• When using “Connect to MS Project” from the All Tasks tab, tasks are always exported to a new project using the default Microsoft Project template. There is no option to use a custom template that may include updated working times settings.
• When exporting milestones or tasks that are 0% complete with an empty “Due Date” field from a PM Central Tasks list to Microsoft Project using the “Connect to Microsoft Project” feature, the “% Complete” value will be incorrectly updated to 99% and the tasks will be converted to milestones in Microsoft Project.

Known Issues:

• When customizing any site page in SharePoint Designer, you must check out the page first. When you are finished editing in SharePoint Designer, save the page and check it in.
• If you export tasks to Microsoft Project using the Bamboo Microsoft Project Add-in and then move a task in Microsoft Project, the task will be incorrectly displayed as a child task if you export the PM Central Tasks list again using the “Merge” option.
• When exporting the Resource Task Timeline report to Excel, the Gantt bar does not show an accurate time span.
• If a User Profiles Import search matches a large number of records, the request may time out and returns a server error.
• The User Profiles Import utility displays a maximum of 1000 results.
• In User Profiles Import search results, the contents of the About Me field includes HTML markup.
• When upgrading PM Central, you must restart the Windows SharePoint Services Timer service before upgrading PM Central sites in Central Administration.
• If you change an existing selection for the Project Department or Project fields in a report, the Resource field does not update with the choices that match the new Project Department and Project combination.
• If a resource has tasks that span multiple years (e.g., 2009-2012), data cannot be displayed in the Resource Assignment Gantt chart on the portfolio site Resources page.
• When Microsoft Project synchronizes task updates to a connected PM Central Tasks list, “Constraint Date” values of “NA” in Microsoft Project—which indicates a constraint type of “As Soon as Possible”—may be set to today’s date when synchronized to the PM Central Tasks list. This does not impact the project schedule.
• The User Profile Import Utility in the Resources tab cannot import users from SQL or Active Directory membership providers.
• Project Schedule and Scheduled Tasks baselines cannot be created if the project or tasks span three years or more.
• When browsing a PM Central site in HTTPS, chart images exported from the Reporting Web Part to Microsoft Excel are displayed as a red “X” in the Excel workbook.
• The “Quick Launch” feature is not visible when upgrading sites that were created in PM Central R1.8. Sites upgraded from R2.0 or higher correctly display the Quick Launch menu.
• If a project site has unique permissions and its users do not have access to the portfolio site, data from the Enterprise Resource Pool in the portfolio site is still visible in the project site Contacts list.
• In the Gantt View of Active Projects on the portfolio site Schedules tab, special characters in the Project Manager field are expanded to their corresponding numeric value. For example, “D’Angelo” will be displayed as “D&#39Angelo”.
• After upgrading PM Central, the Project Portfolio Dashboard does not display data on the portfolio site’s Schedules tab or in the Portfolio Dashboard List after clicking Refresh for the first time. To resolve this issue, restart the SharePoint 2010 Timer service. See KB.12641 for more information.
• A JavaScript error occurs when a new resource is added to the project Contacts list if the resource is not selected from the Enterprise Resource Pool.
• Anonymous users are prompted for a user name and password to access some PM Central pages.
• Site Path values are not exported when exporting data using the Master Grid Excel Export feature.

Limitations:

• The Resource Assignments Gantt chart on the portfolio site may time out if more than 10,000 items are aggregated.
• In Web applications configured for Forms-Based Authentication (FBA) with anonymous access, an error is displayed in the Resource column when viewing tasks or resources.
• In Web applications configured for Forms-Based Authentication (FBA) with anonymous access, charts are not displayed in all views of My Projects in portfolio and department sites.
• When tasks are exported to Microsoft Project using the “Merge” option with the Bamboo Microsoft Project Add-in, child tasks may be merged to the wrong summary task if multiple summary tasks have the same name.
• When importing tasks from Microsoft Project to a SharePoint Tasks list using the Bamboo Microsoft Project Add-in, the Constraint Date field cannot be updated if the Constraint Date in Microsoft Project is equal to “NA”.
• The User Profile Import Utility can only map User Profile properties with a privacy setting of “Everyone”.
• If data displayed using the Data-Viewer Web Part is grouped and a group of data spans multiple pages, all data for the same group may not be displayed continuously on the next page. For example, page 2 may start with a different data group instead of continuing the list of items from page 1.
• Clicking “Add new item” in the Discussion tab does not display the New Item pop-up form.
• After exporting a PM Central Tasks list using the “Connect to Microsoft Project” feature, new tasks created in Microsoft Project with a blank Start Date and Due Date will be incorrectly updated when the task is synchronized to PM Central with the “Synchronize” feature. The Start Date will be set to the Project Start Date from Microsoft Project, and the Due Date will be the next day.
• When Microsoft Project synchronizes task updates to a connected PM Central Tasks lists, the “Assigned To” field value is not copied if it was updated in Microsoft Project to a resource name that does not exist in Active Directory.
• If a Calculated column type is displayed in SharePoint Task Master, the calculated value is not updated when the user clicks Recalculate. To view the updated values for Calculated columns, refresh the browser using Control + F5.
• Users cannot delete resources from the Enterprise Resource Pool in the department site if the department site is the root of the site collection. Users must go to the portfolio site to delete resources.
• Adding a new resource in a task item will remove any new information you entered or updated in other task fields before adding the resource.
• When users create a new Web Part Page in the portfolio site and try to make this page the default page updating the URL in /_Layouts/AreaWelcomePage.aspx, they will receive the following error: “The site is not valid. The ‘Pages’ document library is missing.” This is a SharePoint limitation.
• Users logged in to the portfolio site with a site collection administrator account will not see rolled-up data in the following tabs: My Summary, Resources, Schedules, Issues and Reporting. This is a SharePoint limitation. To change the limits, go to Central Administration > Manage Web Applications. Select the desired site collection, and then select General Settings > Resource Throttling from the ribbon to change the values.
• The Bamboo Microsoft Project Add-in cannot map and import resources mapping the Resource (custom field) to Microsoft Project ResourceNames.
• In the “Tasks” tab of the project site under Tracking View, the headers for “Cost”, “Actual Cost” and “% Complete” are not aligned to the left like in other fields.

SA12A Time Tracking and Management R1.5 for SharePoint 2010

New Features:

• Detailed cost tracking features:

• Calculates the cost of work entered for timesheet tasks, including internal cost versus cost billable to customers.
• Provides the ability to define rate types for cost codes to identify rates as individual, role-based, or global.
• Can report actual work and actual cost to Project Management Central so project managers can compare with project estimates.

• New reminders for timesheet users and managers to ensure timesheets are submitted and approved on time.
• Configuration checklists to simplify setup for time tracking and cost tracking.
• New options to define workdays, maximum working hours, and overtime.
• Allows timesheet managers to compare planned work and cost estimates with actual values before approving timesheets.
• Additional predefined reports for actual work and past due timesheets, with options to export to Microsoft Excel or save to a list.
• Ability to export detailed timesheet data to a SharePoint list for analysis and custom reporting.
• Includes updated versions of the following components:

• Alert Plus R3.2.90 (file version 30.2.90)
• List Rollup Web Part R6.0.39 (file version 60.0.39)

Resolved Customer-Reported Bugs and Known Issues/Limitations:

• Report data limited Item Limit settings in the selected view of the Timesheets list.
• The status of timesheet periods defined in the Periods list is ambiguous.
• If the Timesheet Tasks Data Source setting in the Time Entry Web Part is changed from its previous value (Bamboo List Rollup or SharePoint List), all timesheets created using the original task list are no longer visible in My Timesheets, Timesheet Approval, and Report Center views and reports.
• When reporting time using Timesheet Entry, the Approver field is not populated with the name of the timesheet manager until the timesheet is submitted.

Known Issues:

• In the language files for the Alert Plus Web Part, if you modify text to a value that includes a space, such as changing “Edit” to “Edit Message”, a JavaScript error is displayed in the browser. This issue will be addressed in a future patch release.
• When accessing the site using HTTPS, clicking the “Preview Data” button in List Rollup Schema Designer in the “Configure task lists” Control Panel page will display a JavaScript error in the browser. This issue will be addressed in a future patch release.
• If you access the “Configure alerts” Control Panel page (AlertSetup.aspx) to configure alerts and have not installed and configured the Alert Plus Timer Job, the following error is displayed: “OnPreRender:: Could not load file or assembly ‘Bamboo.AlertPlus.Backend…”. KB.12690 for PM Central describes a similar error and how to remedy it.

Limitations:

• Grouping is case-insensitive in Report Center reports. For example, in a report that groups timesheet data project, data from two different projects with names “Project A” and “project a” will be grouped together.
• When adding views to the Report Views field for an item in the Report Configuration list, view names are case-sensitive. For example, “Approved Timesheets” and “approved timesheets” are not the same. The text must match the view name configured in the Timesheets list exactly.
• Time Tracking and Management does not currently support assigning multiple users to a task. If multiple users are assigned to a single task, the timesheet will not include the task.

 


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