Community Updates - December 2014

Hello, Microsoft PPM Community.

This is our monthly blog post about what is happening in the PPM Community around the world.

This means webcasts/webminars, PMI and MPUG chapter events, and all about what you need to know to stay up to date about Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online.

Microsoft Project Webcast Series

Projects solved using Project 2013 - Tips n Tricks
December 16 @ 12:30pm – 2:00pm EST
Is your Microsoft Project schedule not delivering the accurate and actionable information you need? Join us for this exciting and practical webinar that will demonstrate tips and tricks for building and maintaining a proactive project schedule. This event will provide you with tools and techniques that you can use right away, to ensure that your project schedule is providing accurate progress and forecast details.
Presented by Kenneth Steiness & Terry Kneeburg

MPUG Events

“EVM” – Earned Value Management – Not Just Another 3 Letter Acronym!
December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Earned Value Management (EVM), can provide a picture of project cost and schedule status. However, what do you require to implement this capability using Microsoft Project or Project Online? This interactive session will outline the steps needed to support EVM and understand the elements and techniques needed to incorporate EVM into your project and portfolio scheduling.
During this event, students will learn how to make Earned Value Management and Analysis using Microsoft Project possible.
John Riopel, MCP is President and CEO of PM Providers, a full-service project management consulting firm dedicated to delivering business results with project management solutions. Find out more at

Learn from the MVP: Tips & Tricks with Project 2010/2013
December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Have you ever wondered what is the best way to see which tasks are scheduled to take place next week across multiple projects? How can you group task data using specific resource fields? What is the easiest way to create a quick customized TimeLine report for project phases?  How can you tell if your project ending date is really accurate?  During this session, these questions and more will be answered. This session is designed to show you suggestions that you can apply to your schedules to enhance MS Project 2010/2013 immediate usage.
With over 20 years of corporate training experience, Ellen Lehnert, MVP, PMP, MCT, MCP, is a consultant/trainer for Microsoft Project and Microsoft Project Server. She’s author of  “Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop courseware,”, technical editor and contributor for several MS Project reference books, and frequent meeting speaker. Ellen brings a unique combination of licensed teacher and programming background to the classes she teaches as well as process development, installations, and consulting. Contact her at or at LehnertCS.

Partners Events

Combining Enterprise Social and PPM to Maximize Benefits and Utilization
December 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Social technologies are used in roughly 75% of all companies. Few, however, are able to unlock the full benefit. Join this session to witness the kind of productivity possible when using Social Collaboration tools like SharePoint, Project, Lync and Yammer. Learn how you can speed up innovation, connect and engage your employees and transcend traditional organizational structure. Understand the additional value realized through improved team collaboration and communication within and across organizations. Improve decisions and bring together relevant information and people by combining unstructured communication with structured processes. We will also explain what changes in organizational culture are necessary to ensure a successful business transformation.

Unlock the Strategic PMO Inside Microsoft Project Server
December 4 @ 1:00 pm EST
Despite receiving significant investment, traditional PPM tools and processes are simply not delivering the anticipated results. In fact, UMT360 research suggests that companies are missing out on up to 46% of planned business value from their project portfolios. What’s driving this lack of performance? PMOs who fail to recognize that projects are strategic business investments and therefore miss the opportunity to effectively integrate financial management with PPM. As a result, they are unable to proactively gauge the economic impact of poor project performance and take timely corrective actions. Join this webcast to learn how to easily unlock the strategic aspects of Microsoft Project Server with UMT360 and gain complete financial intelligence across project portfolios. Learn how to:

· Eliminate the need for Excel and standardize investment governance controls across the PPM lifecycle

· Streamline capital planning and build stronger business cases

· Automate financial tracking and variance analysis, helping you dynamically reallocate funds to maximize ROI

· Establish a benefits realization framework and measure results

The webinar will also include a live demonstration of UMT360, the only Enterprise Portfolio Management solution built on SharePoint that seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Project Server.

Deliver winning Projects with Microsoft Project Online
December 11 @ 12:30 GMT
Easily plan projects and collaborate from virtually anywhere with the right tools for project managers, project teams and decision makers. ?Join us to find out how to:

· Get up and running with reliability and zero up-front infrastructure costs.

· Add teams and projects within minutes with a web-based portal.

· Immediately glean insight about your portfolio with new point and click reporting capabilities.

· Get Team Members to clearly see all their tasks in one place, across multiple projects.

· Use the new visual tiles to quickly begin or flex project portfolio management capabilities.

· Enable your teams to work within a familiar environment. Project Online includes SharePoint Online and comes to you through Office 365.

If you are aware of some event that will occur this month and it is not listed here, please, leave a comment with the link.