Community Updates - September 2014

Hello, Microsoft PPM Community.

This is our second blog post about what is happening in the Microsoft Community.

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.

We will post about this topic monthly.

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.

Preparing for the PMI-RMP Examination

September 5, 2014 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Local Time (UTC - 0300)

Are you thinking about sitting for the PMI-RMP® examination? Excellent! Those with the certification form an elite group of about 2700 members in the project management community. If you have already decided to sit for the exam, you may be wondering how to prepare. Join this webinar to learn how one of our colleagues recently passed the examination the first time. His technique will most certainly be of interest as you prepare for your examination. Whether you are planning to sit for the examination or not, the presentation includes a downloadable spreadsheet template for organizing and managing risk tasks. It is a work in progress so you can modify it to meet the particular needs of your projects.


“Snow White’s Castle Renovation Project” – an MS Project Template for Quantitative Project Manager (QPM®) Ideas 

September 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Join MPUG (Official Industry Association for Microsoft Project) for our next member webinar on Wednesday 10 September 2014 where the topic will be “Snow White’s Castle Renovation Project” – An MS Project Template for Quantitative Project Manager (QPM®) Ideas.  This interactive webinar will be facilitated by Mr. Jack Nevison of New Leaf Project Management. Quantitative Project Manager (QPM®) is a series of 15 educational challenges (stripes that can be earned) for those who want to understand the mathematical detail of how to plan, execute, and control reliable projects that consistently meet their goals.  QPM® is about the science of project management.

PMI Information Systems - Virtual Professional Development Symposium 2014

September 12, 2014 - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT (UTC-4)

Enabling Organizational Change through Strategic Initiatives Six PDUs is just the beginning of the value you’ll get from the Virtual Professional Development Symposium 12 September 2014, a free event for PMI members. This value-packed one-day virtual event focused on Enabling Organizational Change through Strategic Initiatives, will cover: The secrets of “thoroughbred leadership”; Ways to tap the power of project sponsors; Career-building strategies; and Insights into the drivers, human factors and management of change. With words of wisdom by PMI President and CEO Mark Langley, live Q&A sessions with speakers and a virtual exhibition hall you can explore and network in all day, it’s a valuable investment of your time. And you’ll be able to access and download all presentations during and after the event—so you can put the knowledge to work right away.

FREE EVENT: The Lazy Project Manager – Celebrating 5 Years of ‘Productive Laziness

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

This event is FREE to Members and Non-Members! Please register here: ‘Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something’ Learn about the art of productive laziness with The Lazy Project Manager; understanding what is meant by the ‘productive lazy’ approach to Projects (and life) and learn how to apply these lessons ‘to be twice as productive and still leave the office early’. The session will cover the definition of productive laziness, the science behind the theory (yes there really is some), and will share some personal learning experiences that led to the creation of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In addition the audience will consider the three key project stages, one of which the ‘lazy’ project manager works very hard in and the second they should be in the comfortable position of enjoying the ‘comfy chair’ safe in the knowledge that the project is well under control and the final where often some critical work is missed.

Breakfast Webinar: Project Server

17 September @ 08:30 – 09:00 GMT

This webinar will be a more condensed version of our ‘Discover Project Server’ webinar for those that don’t have the time to attend. It will start finish just before you start work.

Maximise Your Chances of Success for Microsoft Certifications in Project and Project Server

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Event Description: Join Microsoft MVP Ben Howard to learn what you need to do to prepare for the following two exams Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013 (exam 74-343) Managing Programmes and Projects with Project Server 2013 (exam 74-344) Ben was one of the team that developed and critiqued the questions for both exams, so he’s well placed to know the types of questions you’ll face, but please note that that this session will not provide you with any of the actual questions.

Resource Management in Project Server

25 September @ 15:00 – 16:00 GMT

How to assign resources. Visibility on resource demand and capacity. How to track resources.