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December 23, 2008 Keeping Users of Microsoft® Office Project Connected.
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Note to Members!
We're putting together a guide to project management wisdom, which we'll make available to members early in 2009. Submit your advice, tips, experiences, or formulas for success to editor@mpug.com. Be sure to include your name, city, state and organization! Put "PM Wisdom" in the subject line.

MPUG WebNLearns

1/9/2009 Tips and Tricks
1/14/2009 Project Portfolio
1/20/2009 Baselining, Tracking,
and Reporting

1/28/2009 Project Server and SQL
Reporting Services

1/30/2009 SharePoint Dashboards

MPUG Chapter Meetings

1/9/2009 Twin Cities
1/14/2009 St. Louis
1/14/2009 Dallas
1/21/2009 Toronto
1/21/2009 Baltimore-DC Metro
2/24/2009 Sydney


Project Server Administrator,
Global Payments, Atlanta, GA

Project Administrator Intern,
Staples, Framingham, MA

Project Manager, Motorola,
Flowood, MS

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Industry Events

Optimizing Project Schedule with
Limited Budget & Resources
Using Microsoft Office Project 2007
webinar, 1/12/2009

Project Tracking & Reporting using
Microsoft Office Project 2007
webinar, 1/13/2009

PMI AGC 12th International
Seminars, Conference and
Exhibition, Bahrain
, 1/27/2009

Send your event details to editor@mpug.com.

MPUG Resources
Microsoft Office Project 2007 site

1143 Northern Blvd., #315
Clarks Summit, PA 18411


Sam HuffmanThe 30-second Report
By Sam Huffman, PMP
Reports, Views, Tables and Visual Reports all give you great options for communicating project information. They also require time to explore and configure. But there is one reporting tool within Microsoft Project designed to give you on-demand status, that requires no configuration and that's perfect for keeping historical information...

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Vicki EakerChapter Spotlight: 4 Questions
with Houston's Vicki Eaker

Vicki Eaker with MPUG's Houston Chapter currently works at Shell Trading via her employer Sogeti USA LLC. She's the application readiness project manager for the Global Shell Trading Vista Migration Project. Here Eaker answers four questions...

In your experience, what tends to be the hardest project management challenge to eradicate?

Balancing “the real story” by communicating project risks or challenges transparently to high-level stakeholders, while still maintaining the appropriate perspective on the state of the project and preventing stakeholders' “fears” from getting out of hand. Managing up, while managing down is always my favorite challenge...

Featured Event: 1/30/2009
Twin Cities WebNLearn: Building SharePoint Dashboards

Everything in SharePoint is a list, which works great when you're managing the sea of data needed for true team collaboration. But, how do you present this data in a format that provides project status to your sponsors? This LiveMeeting will give project managers the tools needed to turn SharePoint data into a straightforward, accessible dashboard. You will learn how to display Gantts, graphs, and usable data from SharePoint and other sources to enable your sponsors to make better-informed decisions. Presented by Digineer's Larry Christofaro.

News & New Downloads
Microsoft patches Project vulnerability that could allow malware to run when a user visits maliciously modified web page. Security updates released:

December cumulative update issued for Project 2007; contains latest of every hotfix patch that Microsoft has shipped.

Microsoft Project partner TPG expands operations to Denmark; creates UK subsidiary in Manchester.

For Officers Only
1/6/2009 Chapter Leader Webcast: Agenda: 1) Best Practice: Overview of Twin Cities Chapter online and off and tips and tricks; 2) MPUG online meeting surveys, discussion led by Miguel M. of Phoenix; chapter-specific print newsletters, discussion led by Laura H. of CIC.

To access officer materials and schedules, sign in at MPUG.com and choose Chapter Admin or Advisory Council from the top menu.

15 Questions to Ask on a New Project: ...If you go into a meeting where IT is finally going to adopt some of those business-side techniques and you start spouting off about "resources," "apportioned tasks," and "pessimistic times," you're going to lose your audience...

10 things I've learned in the last 10 years… (related to Project Management!): 1. Be gracious with people, but be ruthless with your time...

End of Year Motivations: ..."While most people focus on goal setting and resolutions at the beginning of the new year, we find it helps us to spend some time before we jump into that mode by focusing on the lessons we learned in the past year," LaBrosse explains.  "We analyze just how well we did in meeting our biggest goals for the year, and determine what we could and should be doing differently to achieve better results going forward"...

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