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Microsoft Project Online PWA in 30 Minutes: How-to Get Started

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Anna Shalomova

PPM Consultant

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How-to: Get Started with Microsoft Project Online PWA in 30 Minutes

Microsoft Project Online is a powerful and flexible cloud solution for enterprise project and portfolio management. It has tons of benefits, and once you purchase a subscription, you’re undoubtedly going to be eager to start with it immediately.

If, however, you’re a part of a small team or department, configuring your instance of Microsoft Project Online to meet your business requirements might take quite a while. It is a necessary and complex task that requires proper planning, especially if there are no Microsoft Project Server / Project Online experts on your team. Typically, teams spend days figuring out all the elements they need to configure Microsoft Project Online correctly – not to mention moving configurations from development to staging and production environments, as well as fixing typos and errors that magically occur. Alternatively, you face a choice of hiring a PPM consulting company and paying tens of thousands of dollars for configuration help.

Over the past 9 years, our FluentPro team has worked with dozens of companies across multiple industries. And this has helped us consolidate an extensive knowledge base relating to implementing Microsoft PPM and eventually build configuration tools to automate the Microsoft Project Online configuration routine.

The PPM Solution Builder tool, which we’ll explore further in this article, is a unique and effective way to configure your Project Online Environment using the smart wizard to create your configurations.  Alternatively, this Microsoft Azure-based program allows you to use the pre-built configuration packages.


So, here’s how it helps you get started in under 30 minutes.

Once you log in with your PWA credentials, you can select the PWA you need to configure. And then, you can either choose one of the prebuilt configuration sets or create a configuration of your own.


Project Online PWA


Available ready-made configurations that you can choose from.

  • Quick-Start PMO – for small organizations starting with Project Online
  • Business PMO – for small and medium-sized companies and departments
  • R&D PMO – for R&D organizations and departments to track R&D projects and portfolio information
  • IT PMO – for IT organizations and departments to track IT projects and portfolio information
  • Software Development / Consulting PMO – for Software Development Companies and organizations

Should you decide to move on with your configuration, an intelligent wizard will guide you through the process and suggest elements to pick from.

1. Project custom fields


Microsoft Project Online


2. Task custom fields


Microsoft Project


3. Resource custom fields


Project Online PWA Configuration


4. Design DPD’s


PWA Managment


5. Design types of projects


Microsoft Project Online Design Types

6. Design portfolio view


 Project Online Portfolio


7. Design schedule views


Project Online Schedule


8. Design resource views


Microsoft Project resource views


Voilà, your Microsoft Project Online PWA configuration is ready, and its estimated deployment time is less than 15 minutes!


PWA configuration managament

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