January 2017 Newsletter

Announcing: Milestones Professional 2017

We are proud to announce that we have released Milestones Professional 2017, the latest version of our flagship product, Milestones Professional.

Here are a few of the new changes in version 2017:

Improved Undo

A new Multiple Undo feature has been added to Milestones. Now all actions can be undone. You can set the number of actions that can be undone from 1 to 100 (the default is 20). This is done using the Tools | Program Options | Edit screen:

 

Select Multiple Tasks to import ad-hoc from MS Project

In past versions, one Microsoft Project task could be linked via the “Link to Active MS Project task” feature. Now, groups of tasks can be selected in Microsoft Project. Then, the link feature makes it possible to link all selected tasks at once. One option is add all dates from selected tasks to a single row on the Milestones chart. The other option is to have Milestones add new rows for each Project task:

To see what else has changed, check out our “What’s New in Milestones Professional 2017” page.

January 2017 Tips and Tricks

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks for January 2017

Symbol tags across multiple files

Is it possible to create a report that compares tags across multiple files? For multiple tasks that have the same name, would it be possible to consolidate those and compare the tags?

Can not select symbols on some rows

Some of the rows on my schedule have symbols which I can not select.  I would like to change or delete the symbols but can not select them for deletion.

Can’t indent tasks

I want to indent text in my column. I never had trouble doing this before. I usually right-click the cell the text is in and Click on Indent/Demote task. For some reason it is not working.

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks for January 2017

Join the Milestones Professional Users LinkedIn Group

For anyone interested, there’s a free Milestones Professional user group on LinkedIn you can join to share best practices, network with other users, and maybe learn some tips along the way from other experienced Milestones users.

To join, head over to the following website and click Join:
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6796817

Note: This user group is an unofficial group run by Milestones software users, and is not managed by KIDASA Software, Inc. A free LinkedIn account is required to join the group.

December 2016 Newsletter

Creating the ultimate customer-friendly software release schedule

By: Patrick Daniels, Milestones Professional Expert User

As someone who has spent over 20 years working in high tech, I can personally tell you that software companies often make it difficult for clients to understand their release schedule and overall product support lifecycle.  Customers are constantly forced to ask their account rep about future release dates and usually have to do extensive searches on the vendor’s website just to find the right product support policy documentation.  It’s obvious that software companies want their clients to use the latest and greatest product…but why isn’t more effort put into making release dates and product support lifecycle information easier to find and comprehend?

Consider the following real world enterprise-class software scenarios:

  • A key banking client needs to know when the latest software patch will be available so they can plan additional stabilization efforts before a late October production freeze.
  • A Fortune 100 energy company using an older version of software needs to know how many remaining days they have until their product support expires. The answer will impact business decisions on whether or not to purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars, worth of extended support services.
  • A large insurance company won’t have funding to upgrade a key environment until Q2 2017. Given the timing of this funding, which software version/release does it make sense to plan for?

You might be surprised how many times the above scenarios often go overlooked until the last minute.  And while it’s certainly the client’s responsibility to understand their vendor’s product lifecycle, you can’t blame them for being confused considering they’re often dealing with multiple software companies, each with different policies….

Read the entire article: Creating the ultimate customer-friendly software release schedule

Check out our new website!

We made a lot of changes to our website. Let us know if you see any improvements we could make. We’re adding new pages all the time.

Merry Christmas Milestones Schedule

Check out this schedule made in Milestones Professional:

Download the schedule in Version 2012 and 2015

Join our Beta Testing list

We are always looking for users who would like to help us beta test future versions of Milestones Professional.

Send an email to devteam@kidasa.com, letting us know that you would like to be part of our Beta program. This will involve getting access to beta versions of Milestones Professional, letting us know if you find any bugs or features that aren’t working correctly.

 

Join the Milestones Professional Users LinkedIn Group

For anyone interested, there’s a free Milestones Professional user group on LinkedIn you can join to share best practices, network with other users, and maybe learn some tips along the way from other experienced Milestones users.

To join, head over to the following website and click Join:
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6796817

Note: This user group is an unofficial group run by Milestones software users, and is not managed by KIDASA Software, Inc. A free LinkedIn account is required to join the group.

December 2016 Tips and Tricks

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks for December 2016

Trouble pasting into PowerPoint
I have a 12 page schedule. When I use Copy all pages to PowerPoint, only 5 pages are copied. Then I get an error message: Trouble pasting this schedule into PowerPoint.

Vertical connectors on a multi-page schedule
My schedule has many vertical connectors, connecting dates across pages. When I look at the connectors, it’s often challenging to determine which page they are connected to. Is there anything I can do to make this easier?

Find and replace
I have a schedule that lists tasks and the person responsible for each task. One employee listed on the schedule has been moved to a different project. How can I quickly replace all occurrences of that name with the new employee’s name?

Generate assignment lists
Can I print a limited list of the tasks: e.g., just the tasks assigned to one person for their own short list? If so, how?

Date range override for each page
I created a year-long schedule which starts on 10/1/2015 and ends on 9/31/2016, taking up one full page. How can I include another date range in the same schedule, say for the next year beginning 10/1/2016 and ending 9/31/2017? That is, can the date range for each page be different?

Change symbol date format
My computer is set up for English and with United States settings. However, I want to make the dates on my schedule reflect a date order used by my customers. Instead of mm/dd/yy, I would like to use dd/mm/yy. Is this possible?

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks for December 2016

July 2016 Newsletter

Video: Milestones Professional Tips and Tricks

Check out this short video with five great tips and tricks.

Some of these are things we get a lot of questions about, and some of them are little-known facts about Milestones.

Watch the video below to see if you learn anything new:

 

Join our Beta Testing list

We are always looking for users who would like to help us beta test future versions of Milestones Professional.

Send an email to devteam@kidasa.com, letting us know that you would like to be part of our Beta program. This will involve getting access to beta versions of Milestones Professional, letting us know if you find any bugs or features that aren’t working correctly.

 

Join the Milestones Professional Users LinkedIn Group

For anyone interested, there’s a free Milestones Professional user group on LinkedIn you can join to share best practices, network with other users, and maybe learn some tips along the way from other experienced Milestones users.

To join, head over to the following website and click Join:
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6796817

Note: This user group is an unofficial group run by Milestones software users, and is not managed by KIDASA Software, Inc. A free LinkedIn account is required to join the group.

 

July 2016 Tips and Tricks

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks

Copy tasks from one schedule to another
I want to copy a few tasks from my current schedule to a new schedule. Is this possible?

Merge schedules together
I am creating a master schedule. I’m building several individual schedules which I want to merge together. Is there an easy way to do this?

Copy my toolbox to another schedule
I love the toolbox I have set up. How can I copy it to a new schedule? Can I somehow make it my “default” toolbox?

Percent Complete values not “sticking”
In my percent complete column, I am trying to type in a value to change the percent complete of the task, but the value is not being retained.

Visual Basic interface to Milestones?
Is there a VBA or Visual Basic interface for Milestones? I use VBA to perform automation from PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Project and it would be useful if I could access Milestones Professional similarly.

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks

May 2016 Newsletter

Video: Import your schedule from Microsoft Project using a Built-in Template

This video covers the basics of our Project to Milestones wizard, using a Basic Gantt built-in template. The video also goes over the Refresh Process, and the options related to Refreshing your schedule.

Watch the video below to see if you learn anything new:

See OPDEC’s Updated Critical Path Tool

OPDEC is the creator of a paid add-on for users of Milestones Professional and Microsoft Project, and they have recently released a new version.
Here are just a few of the 2016 version features to help you with your project:
  • Displays a graphic representation of up to 5 critical paths
  • Quick analysis of the critical paths to Major Milestones
  • Configurable profiles to easily support multiple programs
  • Customizable output using templates
  • Exports to MS PowerPoint
  • Ability to run multiple Critical Path charts by use of custom lists and filters.
  • For more information on how Critical Path can help you please visit:
    https://www.opdec.com/ms-project-tools/critical-path-tool

May 2016 Tips and Tricks (Click the question title for the complete answer!)

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks

Copy tasks from one schedule to another
I want to copy a few tasks from my current schedule to a new schedule. Is this possible?

Merge schedules together
I am creating a master schedule. I’m building several individual schedules which I want to merge together. Is there an easy way to do this?

Copy my toolbox to another schedule
I love the toolbox I have set up. How can I copy it to a new schedule? Can I somehow make it my “default” toolbox?

Percent Complete values not “sticking”
In my percent complete column, I am trying to type in a value to change the percent complete of the task, but the value is not being retained.

Visual Basic interface to Milestones?
Is there a VBA or Visual Basic interface for Milestones? I use VBA to perform automation from PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Project and it would be useful if I could access Milestones Professional similarly.

For these and more, view Tips and Tricks