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September Happenings

Sponsorship Booth at PDD with PMI-Western Mich

Things have been, shall we say, pretty busy the last three months. I’ve had some wonderful experiences and made some real progress on my frequent flier miles!

September 25 I (remotely) attended Microsoft Ignite, their biggest technology conference.

Many of the sessions are recorded and available for free!

If you don’t have time to watch them all, be sure to check out the keynotes by Satya Nadella. They are really inspiring and share a lot of the direction for Microsoft.

September 27 I was one of the Professional Development Day sponsors with the PMI Western Michigan Chapter.

Nora Bouchard was the first speaker, who presented PM IQ: Thought Leadership for the Project Manager. She explained that most people misunderstand or misinterpret or change 70-90% of what we hear.

We also heard from Patricia Rossi, Robert Richman formerly of Zappos, and Frank Keck, all very compelling speakers.

Our ending was given by Drew Tarvin who shared with us good leadership practices. He reminded us that everyone needs to feel that their ideas are valued. Respecting someone will also gain the best results. Can’t wait for the next event with PMI – Western Michigan!

WMPMI PDD Speaker on Stage
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Conferences, Events & Trainings – Oh My!

Lovely gift at the Microsoft Gold Partner dinner

The last couple months have been amazing!

October 27 was MVP Community Connection. I had a great opportunity to network, have fun and, of course, learn something new.

Our guest speaker was Christina Aldan, who covered how to cultivate healthy emotion regulation using time, repetition, and consistency you can change results. We also heard from a beekeper, and a non-profit leader focused on helping girls develop STEM careers.

November 3 I had a really cool opportunity to visit Seattle for at the Microsoft Gold Partner event! I attended as a guest of BeMo, my go to Microsoft licensing company.

A couple weeks later on November 14, I was the MPUG (Microsoft Project User Group) Detroit’s presenter on Agile in Action. What a great group of people, and we covered a ton of ground that day.

After this busy time I was grateful to go on a vacation to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a little R&R.

Beautiful piece at the Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit
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Adventures in Custom Training

The teams are working together on presentations
We play with toys in my trainings!

Earlier this month I had a blast in Indianapolis with a great group of a dozen project management professionals as I led a multi-day session titled “Project Management Training – Customized.” Partnering with clients to create the optimum session to reach their specific goals is one of my favorite types of projects.

The client is in the industry energy, and the goal of the session was to quickly build skills for their internal project management team. After discussing their goals, I created a program which combines instructor-led presentations with hands on activities and team exercises. One thing I certainly never want to see is bored faces in the audience! So I work very hard to balance the material for a variety of learning styles, such as videos, telling stories, and lots of interaction. In fact, nobody saw a PPT slide until the last day from the teams.

Day One

The first day we covered project management concepts and got to know one another. We covered a multitude of concepts, from expanding on the scope to developing task estimates to earned value management. Using feedback from the participants, I was able to customize “on the fly” and share anecdotes from past experiences that applied to each situation. The participants were organized into teams to immediately begin working collaboratively.

Day Two

By the second day, we were ready to get out the “toys” and start practicing what we had learned the day before! The participants worked in their established teams and were given a project that they had to take through the phases, from defining to closing, and everything between. The teams had to figure out the best approach, use project management techniques, assign roles, and run the project. Just to keep everybody on their toes, and to be prepared to be flexible once out in their real company roles, I delivered some surprise changes along the way.

Day Three

We closed on day three with the client opening with company-specific applications of what the group had worked on the previous two days. In the afternoon, the students presented their final reports on their projects. We wrapped up with each team presenting their project, their approach, key metrics, and most importantly, lessons learned about the entire process. Sharing feedback was encouraged from every team member and other teams even challenged the team presenting. We ended the day with evaluations and I’m pleased to say that the students were very positive about their overall experience. I got back comments that the students “enjoyed real-world examples and experiences” and that they appreciated the “great interaction with the classroom,” which is gratifying because it means I’ve done my job in connecting with the audience.

Who’s Next?

Does your organization need a refresh on project management concepts? I am able to travel to your location for custom, on-site sessions. Contact me today to discuss!

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TIP CORNER: Unable to save? Don’t Panic!

Suddenly unable to save changes to any of your files or do all files open in Read-Only mode? This happened to me and I was panicked. I eventually determined that it was only true with Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, etc). After extensive troubleshooting I learned it was a conflict between my virus protection and my malware protection. I currently use Bitdefender and Malwarebytes. If this happens to you, try turning off one of these programs and see if that solves your problem. On my computer I had to figure out the right combination of settings in Malwarebytes to eliminate the problem.

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Where in the World is….. Cindy Lewis?

Dec – Feb
Seeing clients in Tennesee and in Michigan
March 4 – 7
Annual Microsoft MVP Summit in Washington
Later in 2018…
MPUG Detroit Chapter speaker (TBD)
PMI Eastern Michigan Chapter speaker (TBD)

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