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  • Excel Data Visualization

    Description: Every Picture Tells a Story” is a popular saying which is true not only in everyday life but in Excel too. Behind your set of numerical data is a story waiting to be told. The telling of this story needs to be to-the-point, easy to understand and engaging. Data visualization is the representation of numerical data in a visual format so that your audience can quickly and easily understand it and gain insight from it. PMI® PDU: This course is eligible for 2.25 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Presenter Info: Mike Thomas has worked in the IT training business since 1989. He is a subject matter expert in a range of technologies, his primary focus and passion being Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Power BI. In 2012 Mike founded The Excel Trainer where he has produced nearly 200 written and video-based Excel tutorials. He has recorded several Excel training courses for Pluralsight and in his career delivered thousands of courses and webinars on a wide variety of technology-related topics. Mike is a Fellow of The Learning and Performance Institute and has worked with and for a large number of global and UK-based companies and organizations across a diverse range of sectors. In addition to training, he also designs and develops Microsoft Office-based solutions that automate key business tasks and processes.
    by TheExcelTrainer
    3 Lessons
  • Critical Path Modeling Using Microsoft Project

    Description: The course begins by providing an overview of the benefits of a well-structured project plan and the overall approach to using MS Project as a critical path modeling tool. Approaches to estimating and modeling resource and cost requirements are taught, as well as the use of project and resource calendars to support resource leveling and critical path determination. The second class will begin with a review of the various work and predecessor types within MS Project, and how they support modeling the project’s critical path. You will then learn how structure project plans so that they leverage the calendars, work types and dependencies effectively to determine the optimal project plan for the resources and work required. The third class describes how to use resource leveling to determine timelines and resource requirements for projects. This lesson outlines an iterative process using resource, constraint and Gantt chart views to optimize the project timeline and budget, including techniques for leveling large, multi-phase projects.  Click here to complete the form and receive the Project Plan File. Test your skill here with this quick course quiz. PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 3 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Presenter Info: Sam Bell leverages 36+ years of IT and project management experience in managing data warehouse, call center, reporting, and security infrastructure and assessments projects. His focus on process improvement ensures a consistent, repeatable, and measurable approach is taken to deliver value and a secure operating environment for clients. At Edwards, Sam oversees the Cybersecurity Assessments practice, leading NIST 800-53, HIPAA, NIST CSF, and CMMC readiness assessments for firms of all sizes, across diverse industries.  Sam holds credentials as a PMP, SSCP and CMMC RP.
    by Community
    3 Lessons
  • Top Project Communications Tools

    The top project communication tools and the step-by-step training for how to use these tools effectively. Course includes supporting examples, file downloads and templates.   Description: This course will take project managers through the top communication tools they should be using on their projects. So many project managers miss the importance of effectively communicating project information, and because of that, we see significant failure rates in our projects. Project Communications have been a challenge for project managers for years until now. Taking the tools, we use in this class and using them immediately on your projects will give project managers the step in the right direction of leading successful projects. Module One Introduction to the course and how to navigate through the materials.  This introductory module will allow you to download the class files and give you access to read the Project Scenario for the course. Module Two The second module begins by looking at Project Failure Surveys and why they are so important.  It then introduces the Top Communication Tools to be used in your projects. Module Three The third module looks at what strategies are best when Planning to Use the Communications Tools.  The module finishes with a Communication Tools exercise and module summary. Module Four  This module begins by looking at specific Project Communication Tools Templates and what templates are a best fit for your project.  It then goes onto to describing the Best Practices for Building the Communication Tools with exercises to help explain. Module Five  This module provides a course overview and summary of all the modules covered in the course. PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 1.75 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Presenter Info: Bill Dow, PMP, is a published author and project management professional with more than two decades of experience in information technology, specializing in software development and project management. Bill has built and operated large project management offices (PMOs) and is the author of three project management books. The latest is Project Management Communication Tools, co-written with Bruce Taylor. Contact Bill at billdow@dowpublishingllc.com.
    by Bill Dow
    5 Lessons
  • Exploring VBA: Microsoft Project’s Macro Language

    Description: The initial session will provide an overview of working within the VBA environment, including the basics of recording and editing VBA macros. In the second session Ira will demonstrate how to use VBA to create custom, user-friendly forms as a front end for your VBA functionality. The third session is geared toward a Microsoft Project business user and will provide practical, real-world illustrations for solving common challenges a user faces with Microsoft Project. In this third and final session of this series, you will learn how to use VBA to integrate Microsoft Project with other Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel.   PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 3 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Presenter Info: Ira Brown is a leader in the field of project management and a recognized Microsoft Project expert, Project Widgets is well-known for offering add-on products for Microsoft Project and Project Online, as well as for creating custom solutions that meet their client’s unique business requirements.  This company continues to extend the scope and breadth of their offerings, thereby increasing the value they provide to customers, by creating Microsoft Project solutions that are tailored to an organization’s unique needs.  They even have several free, downloadable widgets available on their website that you can begin using right away.
    by Ira Brown
    3 Lessons
  • Building Potential Within a Diverse Team

    Description: This course offers you a discussion about diversity in the workplace. Within your team, various people, all with human qualities, have different ways of viewing the world. It takes all these other parts of your workforce to make up a cohesive team. Finding the potential within a diverse workplace helps create an environment that appreciates each part of the team’s distinctions and finds a way to enhance individual skills instead of focusing on people’s differences. In this course, you will identify the role of fear in the diversity relationship, understand value differences, and identify elements that help create a cohesive workplace. Part One Reduce Fear of Diversity – This module discusses the fear reaction and how it impacts you and your team.  Participants will: Understand the pattern that fear creates and identify ways that diversity introduces fear.  Part Two Judge as Different – This module discusses different ways to view the world. Participants will: Identify the value-added for diverse and inclusive teams. Learn how to create a narrative that does not judge. Part Three Create Your Culture – This module looks at how to create a culture that introduces more inclusion into a diverse team. Participants will: Identify the three elements for building culture. Learn three behaviors that work together to create a lively culture. Understand the value of culture in establishing a diverse team.   PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 2.25 PMI® PDU in the Leadership category of the Talent Triangle.   Presenter Info: Writer, researcher, and advisor on human potential for personal and organizational development, Dr. Lynette Reed is a People and Culture Partner. She has mentored people from businesses, not-for-profits, schools, allied health agencies, chambers of commerce, governments, and churches. She has taught courses on team building, leadership, ethics, world religion, and world cultures. Her current literary contributions include an executive summary paperback titled, Fixing the Problem: Making Changes in How You Deal with Challenges, as well as book contributions, articles, guest radio appearances, and a series of children’s books with Abingdon Press. She is also a co-founder and board member of the Institute for Soul-Centered Leadership at Seton Cove. Lynette holds a Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality, Sustainability, and Inter-Religious Dialogue and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Contact her at expectations2reality@icloud.com.
    by Dr. Lynette Reed
    3 Lessons
  • Project Requirements Management

    Description: The first session defines different types of requirements and examples for each. Identify where requirements fit within the project lifecycle and how they provide value to project management. The second session reviews how to implement a structured approach to gathering requirements. Create clear and concise project requirements and review examples of complete, comprehensible, and verifiable requirements. The third session explains the importance of traceability and why it is essential to ensure quality is maintained throughout a project’s lifecycle. Provide examples of tools used to trace requirements.   PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 2.25 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Presenter Info: Walter Stinnett is a project manager and serves as the Learning and Development Delivery Manager for Edwards Performance Solutions. He coordinates training, teaches primarily Microsoft Project courses, and has presented project management tools at various venues. He joined Edwards in 2004 as a Project Coordinator and Scheduler and provided project planning and scheduling support to a variety of commercial and federal government clients, including Swales Aerospace, Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Walter’s certifications include the PMP and MCTS.
    by Walter Stinnett
    3 Lessons
  • Project Performance Measurement

    Description: Reporting project progress is paramount to successful communication with Stakeholders and Team members. But, what should we report? What can we measure? These questions need to be examined and answered early in the project. What can be measured across different project types? (Traditional, Agile, Hybrid) . We will discuss these questions and talk about Objective vs. Subjective measurements. How do we track the information within MS Project? We will talk about using custom fields, custom views, and custom filters to enhance our reporting capabilities. How can we use both MS Project reporting and exports to help communicate this information to our stakeholders? We will discuss some do’s and don’ts about creating reports and dashboards. What can, should, and needs to be reported for your project? This is vital in determining what information must be collected. Are we interested in EVM metrics? Resource Allocation? Baseline Performance? In this session, we will look at the different things that can be measured and how to accomplish these measurements. Test your skills after completing the course   PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 3 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Presenter Info: Fletcher Hearns is the Director of Technology Solutions with Edwards Performance Solutions (www.EdwPS.com). He is responsible for the implementation, of Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solutions for Edwards’ clients, as well as overseeing as well as overseeing the custom application development performed at Edwards around enterprise solutions and Microsoft Project (Desktop & Server) and SharePoint. Fletcher is also one of the leading trainers at Edwards in various aspects of Project Management and the use of project management tools.
    by Fletcher Hearns
    3 Lessons
  • Managing Chaos and Pandemonium in a Complex World

    Description: Chaos and pandemonium can become a regular part of the work in project management. As we move forward into a new way of looking at the world, we can find different ways to strengthen the relationships that are a critical part of a team or organization’s success. This course offers you a discussion about how teams are affected and managed as chaos and pandemonium filter into our complex work world. Key elements of the course include understanding four types of chaos, the chaos theory, three types of relationship behaviors to strengthen teams, and current change that adds complexity to work. These elements will help you to reduce fractures and strengthen the way you work together in challenging times. Test your skills after completing the course   PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 1.5 PMI® PDU in the Leadership category of the Talent Triangle.   Course Materials:   Presenter Info: Dr. Lynette Reed – Writer, researcher, and advisor on human potential for personal and organizational development, Dr. Lynette Reed is a People and Culture Partner. She has mentored people from businesses, not-for-profits, schools, allied health agencies, chambers of commerce, governments, and churches. She has taught courses on team building, leadership, ethics, world religion, and world cultures. Her current literary contributions include an executive summary paperback titled, Fixing the Problem: Making Changes in How You Deal with Challenges, as well as book contributions, articles, guest radio appearances, and a series of children’s books with Abingdon Press. She is also a co-founder and board member of the Institute for Soul-Centered Leadership at Seton Cove. Lynette holds a Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality, Sustainability, and Inter-Religious Dialogue and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Contact her at expectations2reality@icloud.com.
    by Dr. Lynette Reed
    3 Lessons
  • SIPOC Workshop Facilitation

    Description: In the first session, we will provide an overview of what SIPOC is and how it can be used in business process creation and improvement. We will also identify techniques that can help enable a more robust mapping of business processes. In the second session, we will outline how to establish SIPOC workshop goals and expectations as well as explore multiple strategies you can apply depending on what those goals and expectations are. In the final session, we will walk through how to facilitate a SIPOC workshop. Beyond the strategy, we will examine specific questions to elicit results leading to optimal process development. Test your skills after completing the course   PMI® PDU This course is eligible for 3 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle.   Presenter Info: Jeff Bongiovani is currently the Lead Course Developer for Edwards Performance Solutions who oversees the production and maintenance of courses on Project Management, Systems Engineering, Software Development, Business Process Improvement, and Cybersecurity. He is also a trainer with over 20,000 hours of classroom experience spanning 17 years.
    by Jeff Bongiovani
    3 Lessons
  • Power BI for Business Users and Project Managers

    This first lesson of this course will introduce you to the Power BI suite of products and applications from Microsoft. You’ll learn what Power BI is and how it can be used to visualize different types of data from multiple data sources. You’ll also learn the process of creating and publishing reports, understand workspaces, apps, permissions, the mobile app, etc. Data rarely exists in the exact format or shape that we want it. It needs “massaging”, errors need to be removed, and often new data needs to be derived from the existing data set. In the 2nd lesson of this course, you’ll learn how to use Query Editor inside the Power BI desktop client to transform your existing data so that it suits your purpose. We use examples from both Microsoft Planner files and Project Online. Finally, once we’ve got our data into the required shape, we can begin to visualize it, i.e., build reports and dashboards for users to view. Once again, we’ll take Planner files, publish the reports, and create dashboards in the Power BI Service so that they can be shared within our organization. We also show how these reports and dashboards can be viewed on mobile devices and the information socialized within the mobile app. Test your skills after completing the course
    by Ben Howard
    3 Lessons