Posts by Larry Short

Cadillac vs. VW Jetta?

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Cadillac vs. VW Jetta?

Trying to decide if you should deploy Project Server and Project Professional 2010? Here is a breakdown of the high-level functionality you get if you deploy what I call the “Cadillac deployment” using Project Server and Project Professional 2010, or the “VW Jetta deployment” using SharePoint Server and use Project Standard 2010. CADILLAC: Project SERVER 2010 requires SharePoint Enterprise because it makes heavy use of the business intelligence reporting capabilities only available in that SharePoint edition. Together, Project Professional 2010 and Project Server 2010 create the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution, and gives you the tools to...

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Downloads for Project Server Evaluation

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Downloads for Project Server Evaluation

Microsoft makes evaluation Project Server 2010 easy in three ways; installable software, virtual machine, or a hosted virtual machine.  If you are like me, then you may be looking for some hands-on experience working with Project Server without having to dump your Windows 7 desktop. Since Windows 7 Virtual PC does not support 64-bit operating systems, I took advantage of VMware’s free Player.  The VMware Player is a desktop application that lets you create, configure, and run virtual machines.  When checking the list of supported operating systems it’s important to know that the Player is not listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide, but the information for...

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Key Stakeholder Power and Management

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Key Stakeholder Power and Management

King’s full quote: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” In the article, the memorial’s executive architect, Ed Jackson Jr. explains “I’m the guy that’s making the decisions,” Jackson said. “I informed them of what I was doing. I didn’t ask them for permission, or whether or not they agreed.” Fortunately, the poorly paraphrased quotation will be replaced with the full quotation, but the situation shows the importance of identifying and communicating...

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Larry’s Short List Professional Networking

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Larry’s Short List Professional Networking

Over the last few weeks I have been working to expand my professional network, a pool of contacts from which I could draw leads, referrals, ideas for my current job search. Lately I have been exploring social networking events, and I thought this list of local events might be useful to others exploring work in the Seattle area. PMI Puget Sound Chapter The Puget Sound Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) is part of an international nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing project management excellence through professionalism.  PMI is the leading worldwide project management association, and the Puget Sound Chapter is among the largest in...

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EVM will be the death of me!

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Earned Value Management (EVM) is the value of completed work expressed in terms of the approved budget assigned to that work for a schedule activity or work breakdown structure component. “One” represents a single entity, the unit of counting or measurement, but in Project Management “one” represents peace of mind…mostly. Cost Performance Index (CPI) is the rate at which the project performance is meeting cost expectations during a given period of time; the formula for calculating it is CPI=EV ÷ AC. (EV represents Earned Value, PV represents Planned Value, and AC represents Actual Cost) < 1  means the cost of completing the work is...

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