Creating a Project Velocity Crystal Report using Microsoft Project Server
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Published: 17 Jul 2006
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In this article Eric takes you through creating a Crystal Report that helps Project Managers using Microsoft Project Server produce a Project Velocity report.
by Eric Landes
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Introduction

My previous article on a Task Summary report for Microsoft project server focused on introducing you to the structure of using Microsoft Project Server to create a project management report.  This second article will show you a project velocity report that may be utilized in an agile methodology.  This article will use the Microsoft Project Server MSF Agile template from a blog entry I made a month or so ago.

Project Velocity reports are used in many agile methodologies.  The idea is to monitor daily the Velocity of the project by measuring tasks, bugs, issues, Scenarios and other types of work you may be tracking.  Some may want to monitor other things like story points.  This report may help you in that method, depending on how you track those points in Project Server.  Feel free to make this report work for your methodology at work; do not let it dictate how you work. 

This article is not designed to show you a particular agile methodology or how you will manage from that.  For that, I would do some research using the following links, David Anderson's blog,  Martin Fowler's books,  Ron Jeffrie's books, the book Agile Management for Software Engineering.  All these resources have helped me understand how to manage a project in an agile way.

I have found that by viewing the Project Velocity report daily, you can keep your pulse on the project's work.  I try to meet with the team each day to show them the amount of work getting done.  This helps us see patterns developing as the project progresses.

I hope to show you how this report was developed.  Keep in mind that we use this for our particular blend of MSF agile methodology.  We have made modifications that fit the way we work.  Your organization may use a different methodology.  This article can still be used as a basis for your Project Velocity report.


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