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Microsoft Awards Two Project MVPs to Advisicon!

2013 October 8

Congratulations to Cindy Lewis & Tim Runcie who were both awarded the Microsoft Project MVP Award

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This is Tim Runcie’s ninth and Cindy Lewis’ second consecutive year being nominated. This is a huge feat for both of them. The MVP award is highly competitive and has to be earned each year through demonstrable knowledge and support for the Project Management community of practice. read more…

Using the Right Shapes in Visio 2013

2013 October 2
by Jesse Phillips-Mead

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I don’t know about you, but I love Visio 2013. The scalability of this amazing visual tool is astronomical! However, if you don’t know how to use the shapes properly, how can you make the most of it? Today I will be talking briefly about what the most used shapes mean. We will use “Buying a Supercar” as our example. read more…

Is MS Project Too Sensitive with Resource Overallocations?

2013 September 30

As a Microsoft Project MVP, I feel like I have seen most of the issues, complaints and also the bad behaviors of project schedulers, project managers and senior management when it comes to addressing project deliveries, schedules and resource management. I will say that as soon as I think I’ve seen it all my passion for teaching and educating constantly humbles me as I learn new and interesting issues, approaches and downright crazy things organizations do to manage their workload (demand) and deliver with their resources (capacity). read more…

After the MBA: 3 Skills to Learn and Utilize Following Graduation (Including The Skill of Project Management)

2013 August 1
by Karen Falgore

Manage Different Personalities Differently

In business and educational circles, an MBA is the pinnacle of college degrees and the first crucial step to financial, professional and societal success. Students invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend top level universities while earning an MBA and after the 2 to 4 year program has been completed, many students begin to feel inadequately prepared for the real world job market. While the content of MBA courses teaches future leaders of American business numerous core and essential skills there are three skills (Project management, networking, and leadership,) that an MBA must learn and utilize following graduation if they truly wish to succeed. read more…

Project Leadership

2013 May 31
by Tye Trepanier

The world of business is projectized. As Project Managers and Project Leaders, we run projects in the mail room all the way up to the C-Level officer.

If asked if I am a good leader I will always respond with, “I am working on it.”

We use tools of all colors and flavors. We attempt to wrap metrics for scope, schedule and budget. We develop communication plans, emails, meetings, work groups, and responsibility matrices. We do risk assessments, track issues, and manage deliverables. We oversee billing, invoicing and contract management. We mentor, encourage our teams to achieve their potential. We are challenged to get results from people and teams we have no formal oversight of. The list goes on and on.

So what is the reality of the real Project Management world? read more…