Project Virtual Conference ’18
Project Virtual Conference 2018 was held June 6-7 and it was a one of its kind online conference dedicated to Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online, that ran for a continuous 24 hours. Organized by few volunteers from the Project MVP community, this was the second PVC after the previous conference in 2015 that was a huge success with more than 800 people attending.
I was a volunteer, moderator and presenter with the conference, and here are highlights from my session 10 Tips for Scheduling Success:
- Know your value discipline – Product Leadership, Operational Efficiency, or Customer Intimacy
- Define your planning approach – waterfall, agile, mixed mode, and guidelines around preparing estimates
- Identify your level of detail – follow PMI standards, 1 to 10% guideline, or something else
- Make the schedule logical – requires a human review to confirm
- Standardize your approach – tools, templates, level of effort for scheduling, required customer interaction
- Train your best practices – teach people how to be productive with what matters in scheduling
- Identify your business critical path – what tasks define success including those that are not on the critical path
- Define your resource capacity – should daily operations be excluded from capacity and how do we identify project capacity
- Gather the “right” status details – ask for actual duration values instead of percent done for example
- Audit your schedules – validate what you want as an output and audit for that.
Final Note: I would encourage you to check out the keynote titled “The Evolution of Technology, People and Processes and the Next-Gen Project Management Office” by Cory Sauls who is Sr. Director of PMO at Trane Commercial Systems. You can see my video, Cory’s keynote and the rest of the sessions here: http://projectvirtualconference.com/view-recordings/.
Microsoft Inspire Conference July 2018
Microsoft Inspire is where partners and Microsoft meet to connect, learn, and collaborate to accelerate the digital transformation and success of our customers.
Prospective and active Microsoft Inspire partners, as well as Microsoft employees and industry experts. Held in Las Vegas, I wasn’t able to attend in person, so I attended virtually. Below are some key takeaways I wanted to share:
- Companies are choosing Microsoft solutions to run their competitive businesses and some of Microsoft’s key strategic partners include GE, Walmart, Campbell, and Carlsberg (brewery). Some of the partnerships include those that benefit our planet including partnerships with National Geographic (Artificial Intelligence for Earth) and Disney (Smart Birdhouses).
- Their Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) workplace solution has been out for a year now with 135 million users, and in an effort to promote people working together, their product Microsoft Teams is now available in a free version.
- Microsoft Whiteboard is now available to Windows 10 users.
- Enhancements to Azure (cloud storage) and Power BI (reporting and analytics) continue to be at the top of Microsoft improvements and customer requests.
- Microsoft continues to assist customers with achieving value out of their solutions. Just introduced is Workplace Analytics and My Analytics to help address productivity, effectiveness, and engagement.
Read more and watch Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at https://news.microsoft.com/inspire2018/#news
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March – May 2018
I have been in Washington State, Wisconsin, Georgia, all over Michigan, and middle of California (this is a big state) and speaking engagements for MPUG and Project Virtual Conference.
June – September 2018
Speaking engagement for WMPMI and PMI Thumb Chapter in October.
Traveling to California, Missouri, Colorado, Georgia, and Texas for client engagements
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