Updates, news, and more from your MPUG Twin Cities Chapter board!


                              Your Twin Cities Officers:                       

· President:  Larry Christofaro                  

· Marketing/PR:  Jason Rice                     

· Editor:  Carol Zawislak                            

· Secretary: Laurel Doherty                       

MPUG Events


 May 28—Reporting with Project Online Demystified

 June 11—Digging Deeper—Learning More about Task Mode and Task Dependencies

Twin Cities Chapter

Lunch N Learns:

 May 16, 2014—— Advanced Task Mode: Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule, How Hard Can It Be? Presented by Dan renier. PMI Activity Number: mpugtc051614

 Future Topics:

  June 20, 2014— Best Practices—How Healthy are your Project Schedules presented by Larry Christofaro

  Summer Break for July and August.


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Events are now free for MPUG members and Non-members. Registration required 24 hours in advance.

New Articles and Webinar Recordings on mpug.com:

The Art of the Agile Retrospective

Avoiding Resource Overallocation

WebNLearn: Project Server 2013 and 2010 Comparison: What You Need to Know

PICTURES: MPUG at the Project Conference

PFI: The Framework that Drives PPM Performance

WebNLearn: Project Online: Priming the Innovation Management Pipeline

New Updates to MPUG  and Twin Cities website:

  • Use your email address as your login
  • Chapter Officer Mug shots and bios

Project Management Institute Certifications

 There are eight credentials offered by PMI. PMI has certifications for project practitioners of all skill and education levels. All PMI certifications are developed by project managers.

Project Management is one of the top skillsets in demand around the world. Ap-proximately $12 trillion dollars are spent on projects.

Currently there are more than 460,000 PMI credential holders around the world and in every industry from travel to IT to public schools.

PMI certifications are not based on one methodology, so they are flexible and easily transferable across industries. In order to maintain certification, one needs to complete 60 professional development units (PDU) in a 3 year cycle for most of the certifications. These PDUs keep one current and continually develops one’s skills.

Many companies prefer project managers to have PMI certification and it can positively impact salary.

Following are the eight credentials offered by PMI.

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)
  • Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)

The CAPM is a good entry level certification if you are new to project manage-ment. The PMP is the most globally recognized certification for experienced and skilled project managers. The other credentials are more specialized as one gains experience and skills in the specific areas of project management.

Each certification has specific requirements and information can be found on PMI’s website—http://www.pmi.org/Certification.aspx.

 MPUG Twin Cities 2013 Sessions in Review

  MPUG Twin Cities chapter board went through some changes in 2013. We saw the departure of Dave Thomas and the addition of Laurel Doherty. Jason Rice became the father of twins and now has the excuse that he is a very tired Dad. With all of the changes, we still managed to fit in some diverse and informative sessions.

January started with Dave Fischer of Milestone Consulting presenting What’s New in Project Server 2013. Dave wasn’t able to show us all of the new features as Project Server 2013 didn’t come out until March.

February was our annual Ask the Experts panel or as Larry says Stump the Chump.

March brought us the PMI MN Project of the Year—Client Case Study 3M Optical Systems Division. Brian Kinder and Colleen Brenner presented their implementation of Project Server 2010 in their division. They focused on the people involved, processes implemented and how the tool was deployed and maintained.

April’s session was canceled due to a late snowstorm. In May, Sharepoint and Project Management was presented by Don Donais, Dave Fischer and Richard Courtney. They demonstrated how Sharepoint works well with Project and can help manage the information and communication of a project.

June’s presentation was Microsoft EPM 2013—Full Life Cycle Enterprise Project Portfolio Management given by Dave Fischer and Richard Courtney. They demonstrated all of the features that Dave could only talk about in the January session.

September’s session was Estimating Techniques and Building a Work Breakdown structure presented by Larry Christofaro.

Jason Rice, our tired Dad of twins, gave us Project Tracking and Reporting on the Desktop in October. We closed the year with Project Server 2013 Deployment Planning.