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John Riopel

About: John Riopel

John Riopel, MCP, MCTS, PMP has over 25 years of experience as a Program/Project Manager in government service and commercial industries.  His technical background in Microsoft Project spans the entire evolution of the Microsoft Project toolset, with a deep understanding of how to apply these technology constructs and concepts to real-world project management challenges.He is President and CEO of PM Providers, a full-service project management consulting firm dedicated to delivering business results with project management solutions.

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Project Management Methodologies: Managing with Your Methodology

Written on March 7, 2018, by and

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: Regardless which project management methodology you choose, you’ll still guide your projects through a project lifecycle. The methodologies differ in how they progress through the lifecycle’s stages or phases…

Project Management Methodologies: Methodology Meet-up

Written on February 7, 2018, by and

  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: Project management isn’t one-size-fits-all. The methodology that makes sense for your organization depends on the types of projects you perform, how you manage resources, and your corporate culture….

Five Tips for Building your Organization’s Methodology

Written on January 30, 2018, by and

Many people are confused about what a methodology is, because the word is misused frequently. According to PMI’s PMBOK® Sixth Edition,  methodology is “a system of practices, techniques, procedures, and rules used by those who work in a discipline.” But, what does that mean? Are the phases in a WBS a methodology? No, a WBS…

Picking a Project Management Methodology

Written on October 17, 2017, by and

Companies that perform project after project usually pick a project management methodology, such as PRINCE2 or Agile, and stick with it. That way, all their projects follow approximately the same project management processes. Teams learn what works and what doesn’t, and everyone learns what to do and expect. The approach you choose depends a lot…

Webinar: “EVM” Part 2 – Earned Value Management – Not Just Another 3 Letter Acronym!

Written on February 25, 2015, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This webinar is eligible for 1 Category A PMI® PDUs in the Technical Project Management talent triangle category. If you are claiming this session, you must submit it to your MPUG Webinar History after it has been completed in its entirety. Event Description: Due to a great…

Webinar: “EVM” – Earned Value Management – Not Just Another 3 Letter Acronym!

Written on December 3, 2014, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This webinar is eligible for 1 Category A PMI® PDUs in the Technical Project Management talent triangle category. If you are claiming this session, you must submit it to your MPUG Webinar History after it has been completed in its entirety. Event Description: Earned Value Management…

Customize ‘Out of the Box’ Reports

Written on August 22, 2014, by and

A short clip from MPUG’s webinar with Bonnie Biafore and John Riopel. Bonnie demonstrates how to customize a Microsoft Project ‘out of the box’ report to make it more useful. Join MPUG to watch the remainder of this session and hundreds more on-demand. MPUG Premium Members have access to weekly live webinars and recorded sessions…

Webinar: The Art of Reporting

Written on July 2, 2014, by and

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: Get the full scoop on what’s new in Microsoft Project 2013 reporting and how to develop valuable reports. Discover which reports come with the product and how to create…

7 Incorrect Ways to Use Microsoft Project: Capacity as Activity

Written on May 20, 2014, by and

This is the second article of this series highlighting common incorrect uses of Microsoft Project. The images in these posts are built using the Microsoft Project 2013 Pro edition, but this series can be useful for all versions of the product. Flaw #1: Date-Related Planning Flaw #2: Capacity as Activity This flaw is pretty self-explanatory once you see the image below:  …

Webinar: Project Talk: ‘Not Just Another Pretty Resource!’ – Understanding Generic Resources in Microsoft Project

Written on April 2, 2014, by and

  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:  There’s nothing generic about Generic Resources when it comes to understanding resource supply and demand in the real world! In fact, working effectively with Generic Resources can be…

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