Wall Street Journal says Tri-Tip is “New Cut”

So I occasionally read articles in the Wall Street Journal.  One that caught my eye was their recent “New Steak on the Block” article for several reasons.  The first was that they quoted Gordon Ramsay, and watching Hell’s Kitchen is a guilty pleasure of mine.  And the second is that they announced the “tri-tip” cut was being rolled out to the mid-west, and called it one of the new cuts of beef.

Now, I happen to love Tri-tip, this is still one of my favorite recipes: Barbeque: Santa Maria Smoked Tri-Tip, so it’s nice to see the rest of the country getting introduced to this great cut.  The other great thing about this article is that it also shows that more restaurants are getting into the idea of sustainable living and getting the most out of every animal butchered.

Very high-end restaurants like Gramercy Tavern in New York are embracing "nose to tail" cooking, in which almost every part of an animal is eaten. These chefs like to order whole animals to control the quality and ethics of their purchase.

Each week 900 pounds, about half a cow, is delivered to Gramercy Tavern. Its challenge is making traditionally plebeian parts of the animal acceptable to dinners accustomed to ordering filet mignon, says executive chef and partner Michael Anthony.

I love the term “nose to tail” cooking.  You reduce waste, and it makes great financial sense.  And for the record, according to R.H. Tesene’s definitive book titled Santa Maria Style Barbecue, “In the 1950s, a local butcher named Bob Schutz perfected the tri-tip, which is a two to three pound triangular shaped cut off the top sirloin.”

100 hours of free Microsoft PPM Content from customers, partners, MVPs and Microsoft!

Just saw this on: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chrisfie/archive/2012/05/17/100-hours-of-free-microsoft-ppm-content-from-customers-partners-mvps-and-microsoft.aspx

Following yesterday’s announcement on the main Microsoft Project blog: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Session Recordings Are Live! please find below the full list of sessions (by code, presenter’s company and title). I have also attached an Excel spreadsheet with this list to this post (navigate to the end).

Grab you favorite beverage and snacks and enjoy the shows!

PS: there are four outstanding recordings we are still in the process of publishing and I will update this list once they are live.

PC200, AMD Corp,Detangling project demand, resource supply and capacity with Project Server

PC201, AXTEL, X-treme EPMO: Creating the Enterprise Project Management Office and Culture at AXTEL

PC202, Exxaro, Exxaro Resource: Project 2010 Case Study in Mining Industry

PC203, Kemira Oyj, Rapid Implementation of the Microsoft PPM solution and SAP-integration in a global Chemical company

PC204, Marquette University, Project and Project Portfolio Management that Works

PC205, Pioneer Hybred, Doing More with Less: Effective Capacity Planning and Reporting

PC206, Shire, Microsoft Project replaces Primavera: Why Shire made the switch and trusts Microsoft Project Server 2010 to manage $300M

PC207, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPM@EPA: Accelerating Maturity in the Cloud

PC208, Verizon Communications, How Verizon saved millions with Microsoft PPM: Turning data into useful information

PC210, Project Step by Step, Care and Feeding of the Zealots: Why Project users are disproportionately invested in their product, and how you can help spread the love

PC211, Applepark Ltd, Project Server REAL LIFE (not Second Life!) customer case studies

PC212, Advisicon, Landing Strategy in 3 Steps

PC213, BrightWork, The Phoenix Shoot Out – Which is the best solution for Project Management – Excel or SharePoint or Project Desktop or Project Server?

PC214, FOXit (Pty) LTD, Extending PPM to more than project and portfolio management, operationalize your business

PC215, Innovative-e, Deliver SharePoint Success: Key Steps to Reap The Business Benefits

PC216, Novant Health, Portfolio Management – Just what the Doctor Ordered

PC217, SharkPro Software, Microsoft PPM Total Cost and Benefit Workshop – Finding YOUR ROI

PC218, SharkPro Software, Moving on Up! Migrating from other PPM tools to Microsoft Project Server 2010

PC219, The Project Group, 10 "Golden Rules" to work with Microsoft Project!

PC220, The Project Group, Leveraging Microsoft PPM for Capital Project Management within the Utility and Construction Industries

PC221, Tribridge, Achieve Complete Project Cost Planning & Insight: Integrating Microsoft Project Server 2010 with financial systems like Dynamics AX

PC222, UMT, Quickly Build Governance Workflows & Effectively Control Financials with UMT Project Essentials Pro

PC223, UMT, Gartner Perspectives – Going Beyond PPM – Effectively Manage Your Entire IT Portfolio Decisions with Project Server 2010

PC224, SBS Group, The Integration of ProjectManagement and Project Accounting with Dynamics SL

PC226, Gartner, The Gartner perspective: PPM Industry Trends and Adoption Best Practices

PC227, Microsoft, The 411 on Office 365

PC228, Microsoft, Cloud Bursting Techniques with SharePoint Online

PC229, Microsoft, Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop Overview

PC230, Microsoft, Microsoft Project Server 2010 Overview

PC231, Microsoft, Tracking a Microsoft Project Release Using Project

PC232, Microsoft, Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop Reporting Overview

PC233, Jornata, Critical Success Factors for a Successful SharePoint Deployment

PC234, Jornata, Managing and Finding Content in SharePoint 2010

PC235, LehnertCS, LLC, A Successful implementation with Microsoft Project Server is more than technical?

PC236, msProjectExperts, Microsoft Project 2010 Mania

PC237, Projectum, Manage your resources without Excel – yes it is possible!

PC238, The Versatile Company, Modeling Traditional, Serial and SCRUM Techniques in Project 2010

PC239, Innovative-e, Leveraging Project 2010 with Office 365 for Project Management Success

PC240, PlanFurther LLC, The painters, the policemen and the Pope… understanding task movement in Microsoft Project 2010

PC241, PMP Specialists, Resource Management – Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together!

PC242, PTC, Maximize Visibility & Accountability in New Product Development Portfolios

PC300, Ameren, YOU CAN DO IT: How to Implement Project 2010 Server Yourself (with Little or NO Consulting $$)

PC301, ARM, 8 Billion Reasons why ARM chose ProjectServer 2010

PC302, AT&T Business Services, Pearls and Pitfalls – Realizing Real Business Benefits with Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint

PC303, Microsoft, Leverage the capabilities of SharePoint to light up Microsoft Project Server

PC304, Ingersoll-Rand, Across Divisions, IT, Engineering and the World; a true Enterprise-wide PPM client case study with Ingersoll Rand

PC305, WilmerHale, Critical Chain Project Management using Microsoft Project Professional 2010 and Prochain: Implementing Project Portfolio Management

PC307, Microsoft, Lessons learned implementing Enterprise Innovation Programs

PC308, Bogdanov & Associates, Delivering Microsoft EPM Success: Essential Steps to Map People, Process and Tools

PC309, Campana & Schott, 3 steps to cut the Gordian knot in resource management

PC310, Campana & Schott, Deliver successful program results in matrix organizations

PC311, Expit, Bridging Project Management and IT Service Management domains using Microsoft Project Professional 2010

PC312, msProjectExperts, Implementing PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling in Microsoft Project

PC313, Pcubed, Project Scheduling Revisited: Performance Tuning Your Scheduling Practices

PC314, Revlon, Practical TFS and Project Server integration in mid size enterprise

PC315, Meijer, Journey from 2007 to 2010

PC316, Microsoft, Migration Best practices from Project Server previous versions

PC317, Microsoft, Everything you want to know about designing and implementing Project Server Security Model

PC318, Microsoft, Take Control of the Timesheet and Tasks Updates in your Project Server 2010 Environment

PC319, Microsoft, Best Practices Troubleshooting Project 2010 Deployments – Part 1

PC320, Microsoft, Getting up to speed with Project2010 Extensibility

PC321, Microsoft, Exploring Project Server Technical Content

PC322, Advisicon, Integrating Data from External LOB Systems (SAP, ClickSoft, etc.) for Strategic Resource Planning & Forecasting

PC323, PMO Logistics Inc., Everything You Wanted To Know About Administering Project Server 2010 But Were Afraid To Ask

PC324, Corporate Project Solutions, Integrating SharePoint and Project Server 2010 – Deployment Approaches, Integration Options and making the most of the SharePoint Enterprise Features.

PC325, FluentPro, Project Server 2010 configuration management, migration, merge and documenting

PC327, Project Hosts, Going online with PPM — what you need to know

PC328, Microsoft, Project Server and Dynamics AX – Completing the Lifecycle from Project Estimation to Revenue Recognition

PC329, Microsoft, Take Your Project Reporting To The Next Level: Dashboards And Other Tools

PC330, SOLVIN, Breaking the Boundaries of Time Tracking in Project Server: TrackTimesheet a seamlessly integrated extension for time reporting

PC331, msProjectExperts, Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Using Project Server 2010

PC332, Nintex, Building advanced Project Server workflows with Nintex Workflow for Project Server

PC333, ProjectPro Corporation, Critical Path 2.0

PC334, UMT, Turning Project Data into Real World Reports: An Overview of Business Intelligence Options

PC335, UMT, Unleashing the Value of Earned Value: Applying Schedule and Cost Controls to Measure ProjectPerformance

PC336, Advisicon, Making the Most of Project Professional When Managing Multiple Projects

PC337, Agora Consulting Partners, Be Loved By Your Development Teams: Using the Team Foundation Server – Project Server Connector

PC338, SharePoint911, SharePoint Governance isn’t just for Grandma

PC339, EPM Architects, Managing Resource Supply and Demand with Microsoft Project Server 2010

PC341, QuantumPM, Planning Innovation Adoption with IPM : Tips for a Successful Pilot

PC342, Milestone Consulting Group, YJTJ (Your Job Tool’s Job)™ – Working in Concert with Microsoft Project

PC343, Symnoian, LLC, Closing the Status Loop with Windows 8 Metro and Project Server’s Task Update Feature

PC349, Microsoft, Best Practices Troubleshooting Project 2010 Deployments – Part 2

PC400, Allianz Life, Bean Counting in the Cloud: Merging hosted EPM and internal GL data to optimize financial reporting.

PC401, Ubisoft, Tracking Historical Project Activity Data using the Microsoft Business Intelligence Suite

PC402, DeltaBahn, Planning and Executing a Multi-Instance, Multi-Version Project Server Migration

PC403, Milestone Consulting Group, Extending and Customizing the Project Server 2010 Timesheet to Drive Adoption and Achieve Business Results

SharePoint 2010-Change Survey Option “Specify your own value:” to “Other:”

Recently I had a request from a business unit to change the Out of Box wording on a survey that employees were taking from the SharePoint standard of “Specify your own value:” to “Other:” which seemed fairly routine and something that could be done easily with a few lines of JavaScript, a quick Google search turned up some interesting an unique ways of doing this including:

  1. Changing the default.master page to include JavaScript and adding a function call in the body tag
    1. This of course would add a bit of overhead for every single page that uses the master page!
  2. Editing the ows.js file and editing the string
    1. Which works fine until the next update or patch and the ows.js file is overwritten, also never ever modify out of box .js!
  3. Using JQuery to find the exact field attribute (by name) and changing the text
    1. Really?  I need JQuery to do something simple like this?

I saw a couple other methods of achieving these results, all of them very bad, most of which made me cringe because it either went against my core belief that you never modify out of box code, you never add global functionality for specific items, or it goes against the lazy bone that believes everything should just be a simple cut and paste function without customization, if I can’t drop the functionality in as a web part then damn it I should be able to!  So I looked for a better way, surprisingly nobody seemed to hit upon this method, which utilizes our handy and ever trusty Content Editor Web Part…

  1. Open the site in SharePoint Designer 2010
  2. Go to the Lists and Libraries, and select the Survey you want to edit from the content window:
  3. Click on the “NewForm.aspx” file in your main content window:
  4. Now add a Content Editor Web Part right below the standard ListFormWebPart, like so…

Now, as for the content, it gets a bit tricky, you’ll want to go down to where the <Content> tag is for your Content Editor Web Part and add the following code between the brackets in the CDATA[]

<script type="text/javascript">
     var labels = document.getElementsByTagName("label");
     for(var i = 0; i <; labels.length; i++)
            if(labels[i].innerText == "Specify your own value:")
                 labels[i].innerText = "Other:";

EDIT: As you may see from the comments, I forgot about FireFox, so for those of you who like cut and paste, use the script below instead in order to work with FireFox as well by replacing the “innerText” with “innerHTML”

<script type="text/javascript">
     var labels = document.getElementsByTagName("label");
     for(var i = 0; i <; labels.length; i++)
            if(labels[i].innerHTML == "Specify your own value:")
                 labels[i].innerHTML = "Other:";


It should look like the following on your screen:


  1. Ok, save the NewForm.aspx page and you’re done.  Now when a user goes to take the survey, the ugly “Specify your own value:” is replaced with a nice friendly “Other:”


  2. Even better, because we used SharePoint web parts to achieve this, we only experience overhead on this specific page, we didn’t have to edit out of box code, and because we stayed within the normal confines of editing the NewForm.aspx it means our file doesn’t get UnGhosted!  Winner! 


Saving Money and the Environment By Washing Dishes

Washing dishes is a chore, sometimes they pile up.  But eventually they get done. As with any modern family, washing the dishes at our house means getting the scraps into the compost bowl and placing them into the dishwasher. Not that hard.  I tell myself that for every load of dishes we wash we’re saving about $20. It’s not a precise calculation, but here’s the rationale:

I typically think in terms of opportunity code.  We spend around $40 every time we go out to eat as a family. I guesstimate that we spend about $10 to $15 on groceries when we cook a meal at home. Add to that another $3 to $5 for water, electricity and dishwasher detergent. If you’re an accountant, you can factor in depreciation of the plates, silverware and dishwasher itself, but I prefer to keep things simple. So basically, we spend $20 for a meal at home instead of $40 at a restaurant. Voila – $20 savings.

Consider how this example can play out over a year’s time. We run the dishwasher four to five times per week.  Extrapolating out, that means we’re saving $80 a week by washing dishes at home. Multiply that by 52 weeks in a year. That’s a savings of $4,160 over the course of year.

Economics of running the dishwasher:

$20 savings per load versus not dining out
$80 saved per week at 4 loads per week
x 52 weeks
$4,160 potential savings per year

The takeaway: If your family hates doing dishes as much as ours, calculate the opportunity cost of the alternative – dining out. Once you have convinced yourself that washing dishes at home more often is better than dining out, it will give you the will to step up and wash dishes a little more frequently. That goes a long way in boosting your credibility when you assign the task to others in the household.

Microsoft Certification reinvented for the Cloud Webcast

Just saw this and thought I’d throw it out there…

Friday, May 11, 2012 – 2:00–3:00 PM EDT

The US Partner Enablement & Learning Channel and Microsoft Learning North America Sales Teams cordially invite you to attend an exclusive Readiness Event on the NEW Microsoft Certification Program.

Join us on May 11 as Don Field, Senior Director of Microsoft Certification, engages the MPN Community with:

  • Overview on changes to and corresponding
    benefits of the certification program
  • Overview on changes to and corresponding
    benefits of the certification program
  • Walkthrough of solutions-based certification
  • Summary of available certification offers and
  • Opportunity to address questions that you may
    have on the new program

To join the meeting, simply use this URL and join via Live Meeting*:


For your convenience, this event will be recorded and made available for your review. A link to the recording will be distributed shortly after the live event concludes. We hope to see your team participate in this informative event.

Scott Akin


US Partner Enablement & Learning Channel

Microsoft Corporation
Email: sakin@microsoft.com

Lawrence Kaye

Business Development Manager

Microsoft Learning North America Sales

Microsoft Corporation

MCT | MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

Email: lakaye@microsoft.com

*NOTE: If you do not have Live Meeting already installed, you will be prompted to do so when you join the meeting. Please do not join using the Web Console since that application does not have audio
capabilities. Please note also that all audio will be provided via VoIP in the Live Meeting – no audio teleconference dial-in number will be available.