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Cindy Lewis

About: Cindy Lewis

Cindy Lewis is an awarded Microsoft Project MVP and an expert in scheduling with a long history in project management. She holds numerous credentials in the field including: PMP, PMI-SP, MS, MOS, and MCT. She serves on the board of the MPUG Detroit chapter and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events across the country . Cindy’s personal passion is sharing knowledge with others and helping them grow and achieve personal success. Her training philosophy is known as the 4 Pillars of Success® which is also the name of her company. Feel free to connect with Cindy on social media or contact her directly through her website www.4pillarsofsuccess.com.

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Scheduling Professional Certification from PMI (PMI-SP)®: Considerations in Making This a Career Goal

Written on May 23, 2018, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Certifications prove your expertise in a particular specialty. One certification that is often misunderstood is the PMI-SP® credential, the purpose for candidates, and how it can add to…

Is the PMI-SP for you?

Written on May 15, 2018, by

Have you been looking to begin or enhance a career in project management, or perhaps complement your Microsoft Project certification? Certifications prove your expertise in a particular specialty, and earning the Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® could be the direction to head. In the project management field, we find that…

Book review: Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Written on March 19, 2018, by and

Cindy Lewis and Erik van Hurck join forces to bring you this book review. Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone Cindy Lewis (North America) and Erik van Hurck (Europe) are half a world away, but they have actually been working together for many years solving customer…

2 Ways to Postpone Your Microsoft Project Schedule

Written on November 28, 2016, by

When I observe individuals using Microsoft Project, I sometimes see them using techniques that don’t optimize the features available. An example of such a technique is when someone changes the start date of the first task when he or she really wanted to move the entire project. This typically leads to adding a task constraint…

11 Quick Tips for Project Managers

Written on November 15, 2016, by

First, three tips for remote teams… Have everyone submit a picture that shows something they’re passionate about and then have one of them talk about it in an upcoming meeting. This is a great way to build personal relationships even if you can’t meet them at the water cooler. Have a dedicated virtual lunchtime or…

The Trace Evidence that Sunk a PMO Director

Written on October 24, 2016, by

I was working with a design firm that finally decided it was time to start a project management office to improve their processes and procedures. After a long search by the HR department, they finally found the person to head this new division. She had a lot of work experience across numerous industries, talked a lot…

How to Decide When to Upgrade Your Microsoft Project Software

Written on August 29, 2016, by

I receive a lot of questions from customers asking if they should upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Project. And why not? As of right now I work with clients who have all of these versions: Microsoft Project 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 as well as Project Pro for Office 365. Making the…

A New Way to Contribute to Microsoft Project Improvements

Written on May 1, 2016, by

As you probably already know, it is often the user of a great product who has the best idea for improvement. A Starbucks employee told me one of their customers suggested the plastic drink stopper to keep you from spilling coffee on yourself. While in reality it may not have been a Starbuck’s customer, I’m…

What is Agile Project Management?

Written on April 12, 2016, by

When you see a reference to “agile,” you may think of the dictionary definition that describes this concept as the ability to move quickly and easily. When the concept is “Agile Project Management,” it’s describing the process of taking a traditional approach to delivery and modifying it to include techniques that produce some immediate results…

Key Agile Concepts Illustrated

Written on February 24, 2016, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: It seems like everyone is talking about Agile, but it is often challenging trying to put that into practice. In this session, you will learn some techniques that you can…

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