Author: Dan Friedrich

Dan Friedrich is President of MPUG Chicago, and CEO/CTO of Friedrich, Klatt and Associates, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner named Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year in 2007 for Enterprise Project Management for an Earned Value Data Mart solution. His firm's products include a Microsoft Project Server / Project Online Business Intelligence package that auto-adapts its business Cube to the customer’s deployment and comes with over 150 Dashboards, with optional modules for Trending, and Advanced Analytics and Compliance; and a Microsoft Project Pro add-in with a Swiss Army Knife of tools for managing Master Schedules. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 firms with some of the largest Project Server implementations, NASA, the Department of Energy, international consulting firms, and many of the largest US defense and aerospace contractors. Working with these clients on some of the largest Master Schedules ever created has given him a front-row seat to the real-world challenges and best practices. Dan’s avocation is comedy sketch writing, directing, and performing, and he is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. His latest shows are “If Anyone was Offended: Campaign 2016,” and “Martin Luther: He’s done an amazing job, and is being recognized more and more.”

The Unified Theory of Everything (or at least Schedule, Cost, Risk, and Earned Value)

Event Description: All organizations that run large Programs for a living must assemble deep expertise in disciplines including scheduling, cost analysis, risk analysis, and earned value management. Each requires appropriate tools and data and must collaborate with agility across the data supply chain, both within and across organizational boundaries, both for individual Programs and across portfolios of Programs. But it is all too common to end up with parallel worlds. How can we unify these worlds in a way that enhances the work of each discipline and delivers more value to the organization? Drawing on insights and terminology from systems theory, enterprise information architecture and data warehousing, software pattern languages, network theory, and engagements with NASA and other large, distributed organizations, this presentation takes a holistic look at the programmatics data supply chain. We ask questions such as: • What are the typical pain points in data hand-offs across organization boundaries?• Are we living in a world of mostly data “copies” rather than “originals” (i.e., from the ultimate system of record) run on applications mostly built to handle originals?• Does siloed data for schedule, cost, risk, and earned value meet the 80/20 rule? Or the 20/80 rule?• To what extent are the challenges in unifying data across programs and up and down data supply chains technical vs. organizational and cultural? Can we nudge behavior by making the “right” way the easy way? Presenter Info: Dan Friedrich is CEO/CTO of Friedrich, Klatt and Associates (FK&A), a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Data Analytics, and Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year in 2007 for Enterprise Project Management for an Earned Value Data Mart solution. His firm’s products include:• A Microsoft Project Server / Project Online Business Intelligence package that auto-adapts its business Cube to the customer’s deployment and comes with over 200 Dashboards. The product unifies data about schedule, cost, earned value, risk (including Monte Carlo results), compliance (such as the DCMA 14-point assessment), performance management (including KPI’s), and trending of all of these, as well as integrating external “Data Suburbs.”• A Microsoft Project add-in with a Swiss Army Knife of tools for scanning, repairing, refactoring, consolidating, and visualizing Master Schedules.The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 firms with some of the largest Project Server implementations; NASA HQ, Johnson Space Center, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory; the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory; the US Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Fermi National Laboratory; international consulting firms; and most of the largest US defense and aerospace contractors. Dan is President of the Chicago Chapter of the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG), and is a frequent presenter on MPUG’s international Lunch & Learn Webinar series, most recently a “trilogy” on Master Schedule Best Practices, and other industry events, including papers for the 2017 and 2018 NASA Cost and Schedule Symposiums. These are the things Dan does by day, but by night he does comedy sketch writing, directing, and performing, and he is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. His recent shows include “Drones, Clones, and Phones: I Know What You Did Last Summer“ and “Are You Being (List-)Served? Good Neighbors Gone Wild!” He’s starting to do weird stuff during the day too: He recently directed the NASA Information Architecture Working Group on a workshop “show” called, “Dear Data Conversion Enthusiast,” and was an “Art in Engineering” panelist at the 2019 SciTech Forum of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.   Have you watched this webinar recording? Tell MPUG viewers what you think! [WPCR_INSERT]

Master Schedules Best Practices on Project Online and Server

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: Master Schedules Best Practices on Project Online and Server is the final installment in the presenter’s “trilogy” on Master Schedules, building on his Master Schedules 101 MPUG Lunch & Learn presentation on February 15, 2017, and Master Schedules Best Practices, on November 29, 2017. In over 10 years of developing tools and providing services to clients with Master Schedules, Dan Friedrich has become (whether he wanted to or not!) a Master Schedule “Whisperer,” helping organizations with some of the largest Master Schedules ever created (eight levels of Masters nesting, anyone?) to clean up any issues with their Master Schedules, visualize them, consolidate and refactor them, and adopt practices to keep them running clean. He’ll provide guidance that should prove useful whether or not you have the ideal tools, this time focusing on best practices using Master Schedules published on Microsoft Project Online or Project Server, including topics such as: What are the big differences between working with a Master stand-alone vs. on Project Server or Project Online (and we’ll just call it “Server” from now on)? Why is it so important to optimize Subproject structure when migrating a Master to Server, including optimal use of Project-level Enterprise Custom Fields? When should you open a Subproject from Server by itself and when should you open it within its Master? What are successful collaboration strategies for working on Masters on Server, across both internal and external organization boundaries, either sharing one Server, or with each organization having its own Server? When and how should you spin Masters off and on a Server? How to leverage Client- and Server-side Business Intelligence to visualize Master Schedule hierarchies, cross-project dependencies, key milestones, and much more (including banishing “bar code Gantts”!)? What Server SharePoint elements can you leverage with Masters, such as Deliverables to model giver/getter relationships between Subprojects? Presenter Info:  Dan Friedrich is President of MPUG Chicago, and CEO/CTO of Friedrich, Klatt and Associates, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner on Data Analytics named Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year in 2007 for Enterprise Project Management for an Earned Value Data Mart solution. His firm’s products include a Microsoft Project Server / Project Online Business Intelligence package that auto-adapts its business Cube to the customer’s deployment and comes with over 150 Dashboards, with optional modules for Trending, and Advanced Analytics and Compliance; and a Microsoft Project Pro add-in with a Swiss Army Knife of tools for managing Master Schedules. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 firms with some of the largest Project Server implementations, NASA, the Department of Energy, international consulting firms, and many of the largest US defense and aerospace contractors. Working with these clients on some of the largest Master Schedules ever created has given him a front-row seat to the real-world challenges and best practices. Dan’s avocation is comedy sketch writing, directing, and performing, and he is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. His latest shows are “If Anyone was Offended: Campaign 2016,” and “Martin Luther: He’s done an amazing job, and is being recognized more and more.” Have you watched this webinar recording? Tell MPUG viewers what you think! [WPCR_INSERT]

Master Schedulers Best Practices

Event Description: Microsoft Project Master Schedules Best Practices begins where the presenter’s Master Schedules 101 MPUG Lunch & Learn presentation on February 15, 2017, left off. In over 10 years of developing tools and providing services to clients with Master Schedules, Dan Friedrich has become (whether he wanted to or not!) a Master Schedule “Whisperer,” helping organizations with some of the largest Master Schedules ever created (eight levels of Masters nesting, anyone?) to clean up any issues with their Master Schedules, visualize them, consolidate and refactor them, and adopt practices to keep them running clean. He’ll provide guidance that should prove useful whether or not you have the ideal tools, including topics such as: When and why should you use Master Schedules in the first place? How to avoid doing things “behind Project’s back” that Project would block as a schedule conflict if it “saw” it? How to create a circular reference in five minutes or less (yes, we will), and find and fix it? When should you be using 64-bit Project EXCLUSIVELY (but almost nobody does)? The importance of respecting project interdependencies within the top-level Master Schedule boundaries — and what happens when you don’t? How to think about Master Schedule modular structure options, and when you should refactor them? Eskimos have 20 words for “snow” and Dan has 20 words for “bad external link”: How can you maintain clean links? What’s the difference between working with a Master stand-alone vs. on Project Server or Project Online? Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Presenter Info: Dan Friedrich is President of MPUG Chicago, and CEO/CTO of Friedrich, Klatt and Associates, a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner named Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year in 2007 for Enterprise Project Management for an Earned Value Data Mart solution. His firm’s products include a Microsoft Project Server / Project Online Business Intelligence package that auto-adapts its business Cube to the customer’s deployment and comes with over 150 Dashboards, with optional modules for Trending, and Advanced Analytics and Compliance; and a Microsoft Project Pro add-in with a Swiss Army Knife of tools for managing Master Schedules. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 firms with some of the largest Project Server implementations, NASA, the Department of Energy, international consulting firms, and many of the largest US defense and aerospace contractors. Working with these clients on some of the largest Master Schedules ever created has given him a front-row seat to the real-world challenges and best practices. Dan’s avocation is comedy sketch writing, directing, and performing, and he is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. His latest shows are “If Anyone was Offended: Campaign 2016,” and “Martin Luther: He’s done an amazing job, and is being recognized more and more.” Have you watched this webinar recording? Tell MPUG viewers what you think! [WPCR_INSERT]

Up in the Air: GoGoAir’s All-Cloud Project Management Solution

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: Lisa Sams of GoGoAir will take you inside Microsoft Project Online + Microsoft Power BI all-cloud Project Management implementation, including how business processes can be mapped onto the tools, and how they rapidly reengineered the typical Excel + PowerPoint manual production slog into an automated, agile, and responsive platform that supports all stakeholders, including executives. She will show how they modularize their Programs using Master Schedules and how they use Task-level coding that standardizes processes — all of which leads up to the big Milestone: Internet and entertainment on your flight. Then Dan Friedrich of FK&A will provide a brief architectural overview of how GoGoAir’s Project Management solution works, and when it might be a good fit for other organizations. This was originally presented at a recent MPUG Chicago meeting – so, in effect, that was Test and this webinar is Production! Presenter Bios: Lisa Sams is the Director, Engineering – PMO at Gogo, the leading provider of inflight internet and entertainment. With over 20 years of project, program and portfolio management experience in the telecommunications, internet, retail and aviation industries; Lisa’s career spans the gamut of working for small, start-up companies to mature, industry dominating giants. Her true passions are efficiency and process improvement – teaching organizations how to be better at what they do; team building – turning a group of individuals into a highly autonomous and self-actualized team; and German Shepherds. Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Lisa graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA, Anthropology many years ago before moving to Chicago to pursue her dream of being cold for six months of the year. Dan Friedrich is President of MPUG Chicago, and CEO/CTO of Friedrich, Klatt and Associates (FK&A), a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner named Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year in 2007 for Enterprise Project Management for an Earned Value Data Mart solution. His firm’s products include a Microsoft Project Server / Project Online Business Intelligence package that auto-adapts its business Cube to the customer’s deployment and comes with over 150 Dashboards; and a Microsoft Project Pro add-in with a Swiss Army Knife of tools for managing Master Schedules. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 firms with some of the largest Project Server implementations, NASA, the Department of Energy, international consulting firms, and many of the largest US defense and aerospace contractors. Dan’s avocation is comedy sketch writing, directing, and performing, and he is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. His latest show is “If Anyone Was Offended: Campaign 2016.” Have you watched this webinar recording? Tell MPUG viewers what you think! [WPCR_INSERT]

Microsoft Project Master Schedules 101: Common Challenges and Best Practices from the Field

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: In this fast-paced introduction, learn everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft Project Master Schedules but were afraid to ask. In over 10 years of developing tools and providing services to clients with Master Schedules, Dan Friedrich has become (whether he wanted to or not!) the Master Schedule “Whisperer,” helping organizations with some of the largest Master Schedules ever created (eight levels of Masters nesting, anyone?) to clean up any issues with their Master Schedules, visualize them, consolidate and refactor them, and adopt practices to keep them running clean. He’ll cover topics such as: • When and why should you use Master Schedules in the first place? • How to avoid doing things “behind Project’s back” that Project would block as a schedule conflict if it “saw” it • How to create a circular reference in five minutes or less (yes, he will make one before your very eyes) • When should you be using 64-bit Project EXCLUSIVELY (but almost nobody does) • The importance of understanding — and respecting — project interdependencies • How to think about Master Schedule modular structure options, and when you should refactor them • Eskimos have 20 words for “snow” and Dan has 20 words for “bad external link”: How can you maintain clean links? • What’s the difference between working with a Master stand-alone vs. on Project Server or Project Online? Presenter Info: Dan Friedrich is President of MPUG Chicago, and CEO/CTO of Friedrich, Klatt and Associates, a Microsoft Silver Certified Partner named Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year in 2007 for Enterprise Project Management for an Earned Value Data Mart solution. His firm’s products include a Microsoft Project Server / Project Online Business Intelligence package that auto-adapts its business Cube to the customer’s deployment and comes with over 150 Dashboards; and a Microsoft Project Pro add-in with a Swiss Army Knife of tools for managing Master Schedules. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 firms with some of the largest Project Server implementations, NASA, the Department of Energy, international consulting firms, and many of the largest US defense and aerospace contractors. Working with these clients on some of the largest Master Schedules ever created has given him a front-row seat to the real-world challenges and best practices. Dan’s avocation is comedy sketch writing, directing, and performing, and he is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic. His latest show is “If Anyone Was Offended: Campaign 2016.” Have you watched this webinar recording? Tell MPUG viewers what you think! [WPCR_INSERT]