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Michael Wharton

About: Michael Wharton

MVP, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCTS, MCITP, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA. Michael Wharton is a Project/SharePoint Consultant and Trainer. Michael’s career started as a software developer before moving into project management. His passion to improve project management processes began in 2003 using tools like Project Professional and Server. Since then he has trained hundreds of project managers and implemented Project Server in over twenty-five PMOs. He has passed over forty Microsoft certification exams giving him a solid technical background with Project and SharePoint Server. Michael is active in the community. He is the past President-Elect and past Director of Programs for the NC Piedmont PMI, board member of the Triad SQL Server User Group, Triad Developers Guild and Enterprise Architect Roundtable. He is currently writing a book about implementing Portfolio Management using Project Server 2013.

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Estimating Annual Budgets using Project Server and Online

Written on October 17, 2018, 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: Project Server/Online does a great job managing projects and resources, however, did you know that it can also help manage costs and be used for rolling up department…

Estimating Annual Budgets using Project Online/Server

Written on October 8, 2018, by

As we all know, Project Online/Server (PWA) does a great job with managing project schedules and resource loads; however, can PWA manage other company process when we stretch the PMO into taking on more roles? For example, several of my previous clients have used PWA to estimate next year’s annual budgets. This article takes a…

Time to Reboot Your PMO?

Written on April 17, 2017, by

The project management office — much like a computer — becomes ineffective and inefficient over time and sometimes requires a reboot. Rebooting a computer resets the system, clears out cache, releases memory and updates drivers. Once the computer system is back up and running, presumably it runs faster and more efficiently. You could look at…

Migration to Project Server 2016

Written on December 7, 2016, 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:  Migrating from one project server to the next version has many paths and pitfalls. Which one that works best for your company depends on your vision and requirements, your budget…

Refining Resource Roles and Security Groups in Your PMO

Written on March 22, 2016, by

Defining resource roles in a new or existing project management office (PMO) is a critical aspect of setting up Microsoft Project Server. That might be just a handful of roles, such as those that come from out-of-the-box installation; or you can add additional roles to meet your organization’s requirements. Once the roles are defined, then…

Showing PMO Love Through Monitoring and Automation

Written on February 22, 2016, by

  Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Leadership Category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: PMO spend a lot of time planning and developing governance to build a smooth running PMO. Extensive documentation is written that documents the PMO people, roles and processes….

The Challenge of Capturing Timesheet Comments

Written on February 2, 2016, by

Recently, I had a client who was interested in using the timesheet comments for tracking additional details about work done for their clients. The client was using timesheets for billing and wanted their consultants to provide additional details about the work done using comments. In their particular case timesheet comments met their requirements, and at…

How To Help Your PMO Generate Better Management Reports

Written on December 8, 2015, by

Every Project Management Office (PMO) is different. Those of us who have been in the project management industry or who have worked within many PMOs will tell you the same. Go to any PMI local chapter meeting and talk with your colleagues about their PMO and often their PMO is quite different from yours. PMOs…

I Survived an Ax-wielding PMO Director

Written on October 27, 2015, by

  Many years ago in a long lost time there was a Fortune 500 company hiring project managers. The U.S. economy had tanked and not many companies were hiring at all, so it was exciting to get hired by anyone. I wasn’t a project manager but provided the technical support for Microsoft Project, Project Server…

10 Reasons to Run Project Server 2013 on Azure (instead of On-Premise or Project Online)

Written on October 20, 2015, by

When thinking about using Microsoft Project Server for your project management office (PMO), your first thought might be to run it on your own servers as an on-premises solution. But that’s no longer your only option. Now you can choose to run Project Online or go to various hosting companies. Or you can run Project…

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