Why should I ask them?
You can tap the collective wisdom of other Microsoft Project users by posing questions in discussion groups, reading Project blogs, or using any of the other community resources mentioned in this article.
For example, you can use discussion groups to access an online group of experienced Project users, including Project Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), who willingly share their time to answer questions and to provide solutions, tips, and expertise.
- Project discussion groups help you dive right in and get answers to your questions from other users and experts who actively monitor these discussion groups.
Tip Read the Crabby Office Lady's list of tips and tricks to get the most out of the Microsoft Office discussion groups.
- A number of blogs offer regular posts and an opportunity for you to respond to the insights and perspectives of program managers, developers, and others. Here are a few:
- The Project team blog offers opinions and insights written by program managers on what Project is and where it is going.
- Treb Gatte's Project Blog offers timely advice as it takes you through project scenarios that you may encounter in your work as you use Project and Project Server.
- Technical chats at Microsoft are an opportunity to discuss technical issues with IT professionals and developers within the Office family of products.
- Our Facebook group can provide answers to your questions about Microsoft Project and project management.
Note You need a free Facebook account to join this group.
You can get updates through twitter.com, a third-party tool such as Twitteroo, RSS Feeds, or even your mobile phone.
- Community Clips allow you to share your project creation with other Project users on Office Online.
- Wikipedia's project management article offers comprehensive information that is frequently updated by leading experts to keep you informed of the latest trends and thinking about project management.
- MPA: the Official Industry Association for Project is a dynamic professional association that serves as a preeminent resource for Project users. Join this group to improve your understanding of Project as you leverage the expertise of Project users worldwide, and sign up for a free e-zine.
- Codezone is your connection to individual contributors, user groups, community sites, experts, and speakers to help you develop custom solutions for your Microsoft Office needs.
- Project Webcasts allow you to see upcoming and on-demand video presentations of valuable technical information about Project, Project Server, and related technologies.
- If you can't find what you need from other users, you can contact a customer support representative by e-mail, chat, or phone.
"I turned to the Project newsgroups five years ago looking for specific information, and I was surprised by the efficiency of the replies I got. Then I found out I could learn even more from troubleshooting other users’ issues and answering them, and I ended up being a specialist myself. The newsgroup community has proven to be an invaluable asset in putting me in touch with project managers and others."
— Jan De Messemaeker, Project MVP
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