Cindy’s Project Conference 2012 Recap, Breakout Sessions


It is really hard to summarize everything I got out of this event, but here are a few highlights:

Advisicon and Customer Sessions

  • From my session – A shared resource pool in Project Professional can be used to drive business decisions.
  • From Tim and Chetan’s session – Business requirements are key for system integration with project server.
  • From Tom’s session – Communicate with the team, especially about timesheets before going live.
  • From René and Javier’s session – Understanding the benefits of the process is key to getting results from people.

You can read more about the sessions in a previous blog post. You can also watch a short video of me during the event.

The entire team on the breakout session floor between sessions. Quite a challenge to get all of us together. The board behind lists the sessions in that hallway. From left to right: Chetan Patel, Rick Gardner, Tim Runcie, Stowe St. Pierre, Javier González, Cindy Lewis, and Rene Alavarez

Highlights from Other Sessions

  • Project was the 2nd Windows application released (after Excel) in 1985.
  • New acroynm idea: WYSIWYN (What You See Is What You Need).
  • SharePoint chart webparts are easy to make without code.
  • Project and Portfolio Management is the key to better decisions and competitive edge.
  • Coauthoring is something we can all use now.
  • Tablets are powerful enough to develop code on and some Windows 8 apps are ready to go.

Arizona Science Center

Another fun evening event was at the Arizona Science Center. Check out a few pictures.

The entrance to the Arizona Science Center. This is right next to an entrance for brain challenges which really looked like a great place for kids to build things. Adults in this room looked like they were in a kindergarten class. From left to right: Cindy Lewis, Rick Gardner. Anyone who had a “non-drinking” wrist band could try to drive this bike up and down the path. The bike leans up to 45 degrees depending on your balance skills. Another view of this awesome bike. The planetarium show was fantastic!

I was unable to take pictures during the planetarium show but the narrator turned on the sky and pointed out not only stars, but the constellations that went with them and the story behind many of the images and pictures from Greek mythology. The pictures brought other images to mind. The Milky Way was named after the Greek god Zeus spilling milk.

They wouldn’t let me take pictures during the show but I snapped one right before. Sitting next to Tim Runcie is Edna Gomez, the Project SSP in Microsoft Mexico. The Windows 8 demonstration from Keshav.

The Windows 8 deep dive occurred during the very last breakout timeslot of the conference on Thursday presented by Christine Flora and Michael Corkery. Their topic was Closing the Status Loop with Windows 8 Metro and Project Server’s Task Update Feature, PC343.

Thursday was my last day to network and my favorite part of the day was attending the Windows 8 deep dive session which included a Windows 8 tablet discussion and expanded on a previous keynote. I ended the conference personally charged up from all the excitement generated from attendees and speakers.

Homeward bound

On Friday, March 30th – I headed home and began catching up on my numerous LinkedIn requests and other e-mails that I received during the conference. It was sad to leave old friends and new ones, but overall, it was a fun filled event and I can’t wait till the next one.

I wrapped up the conference finding out that I rated number 5 in the Top Five Tweeters at the conference with the hashtag #mspc12. What an achievement and I was happy to hear the news as I still feel I have a lot to learn on Twitter.

In part 1 of Cindy’s review of the Microsoft Project Conference 2012 she covered nuggets of info she took away, rubbing shoulders with the partners, swag, and some of the awesome Microsoft reps in attendance.

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