Category Archives: Continuous Learning

Free eBook: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone

Another free resource for those of us SharePoint people who are looking to also bring Lync into our social computing world!

*** UPDATE: This FREE eBook Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone has been updated to RTM and is now available for download at the URL below …

Matt Landis, Microsoft Lync Server MVP, has compiled a series of great step-by-step articles on Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Preview into a FREE 90-page eBook titled Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone. If you’ve previously downloaded earlier releases of this eBook, Matt has now released an updated Rev 5 with new content, so I strongly recommend downloading this tremendous resource again. This eBook demystifies the installation and configuration process for Lync Server 2013 for standard and enterprise features, and includes topics on Installation, Monitoring, Persistent Chat, Resiliency, Enterprise Voice and Lync 2013/Onenote 2013 client integration.

Do It: Download your free copy of Microsoft Lync 2013 Preview: Step-by-Step for Anyone today!

The Work-Life Balance Myth

So I was spending a few minutes researching some other stuff and this article caught my eye:

Amy Wrzesniewski is a professor at Yale who studies work patterns, and has identified what she calls “orientations,” or psychological motivations, toward work. They are three: Job (money), career(advancement, power, prestige), and calling (meaning, purpose and fulfillment). Not surprisingly, individuals with a calling orientation tend to have higher life and job satisfaction and miss fewer days of work, she found in her research.

Why? When your job is a calling – and if you are lucky, you are in such a job now or remember when you were – time flies by. There are times you don’t want to go home. The best part of the “work-life” balance equation is the work.

Basically what this boils down to is, “Do what you love, love what you do.”  When I was teaching at the local community college, I always told my students that my goal was to never work a day in my life.  Not that I would quit my job of course, but that as Confucius put it: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I think that I am fortunate in that I really do enjoy working with technology.  I spend my free-time setting up test servers in my home office.  Before I got married my dining room table held an entire server farm.  I always want to know about the latest technology and find myself attending SharePoint Saturdays and SoCal Code Camp on the weekends.

This even creeps into my hiring decisions.  One of my standard questions as a hiring manager is, “How did you first get into computers?”  Their answer and their attitude are one of my main factors in deciding between two qualified candidates.  Hint: saying you got into computers because you heard it was a good money is not the right answer!

Free Training–MSDN Benefit for PluralSight Training “Starter Subscription”

For a limited time, all MSDN subscribers qualify for a free one-year “starter” subscription that contains 20 of the most popular Pluralsight courses. Request your activation code now. This offer will be available for redemption through December 11, 2012. This offer is not available to DreamSpark, WebsiteSpark, BizSpark or MPN MSDN subscribers.



There are some really good courses, though the starter pack is mostly beginner and intermediate level, if you’ve already shelled out the money for an MSDN subscription then a lot of these courses may be more of a review  I would recommend the following as good refresher courses, it is about 18 hours of material; And of course you can skip through sections that you’re already familiar with…



C# Fundamentals – Part 1

Scott Allen



Introduction to Visual Studio 2010 – Part 1

Kate Gregory



Introduction to Visual Studio 2010 – Part 2

Kate Gregory



ALM with Team Foundation Server 2010

John Brown



In addition there are courses on the new VS 2012, TFS 2012, Metro and Windows 8, Windows Phone 7 and Test First Development, because it’s always good to exercise your mind…



Training is available in English only and includes the following courses:


Agile Team Practices with Scrum David Starr Intermediate [03:45:04] 15-Apr-10
ALM for Developers with Visual Studio 2012 Benjamin Day Intermediate [04:31:04] 24-Sep-12
ALM with Team Foundation Server 2010 John Brown Intermediate [03:59:27] 26-Mar-12
ALM with TFS 2012 Fundamentals Benjamin Day Intermediate [05:34:17] 5-Sep-12
Building Windows 8 Metro Apps with C# and XAML Ian Griffiths Intermediate [04:45:21] 17-Oct-11
Building Windows 8 Metro Apps with C++ and XAML Kate Gregory Intermediate [03:33:32] 18-Oct-11
C# Fundamentals – Part 1 Scott Allen Beginner [06:17:48] 26-Mar-10
C++ Fundamentals Kate Gregory Beginner [07:03:40] 13-Sep-11
Continuous Integration James Kovacs Beginner [02:34:40] 10-Dec-10
Developing for Windows 7 Eric Burke Intermediate [03:57:36] 12-Jul-10
IntelliTrace Marcel de Vries Intermediate [05:30:04] 27-Sep-12
Introduction to .NET Debugging using Visual Studio 2010 Mario Hewardt Intermediate [03:40:54] 28-Mar-12
Introduction to Building Windows 8 Applications Wahlin , Papa Beginner [05:43:46] 10-Oct-12
Introduction to Visual Studio 2010 – Part 1 Kate Gregory Beginner [04:37:53] 4-Apr-11
Introduction to Visual Studio 2010 – Part 2 Kate Gregory Beginner [03:07:30] 16-May-11
Introduction to Visual Studio 2012 – Part 1 Kate Gregory Beginner [03:44:56] 11-Oct-12
Introduction to Windows 7 Development Kate Gregory Beginner [04:21:01] 5-May-10
Kanban Fundamentals Steve Smith Beginner [01:31:50] 13-Feb-12
Microsoft Fakes Fundamentals Cooper , Belcham Intermediate [01:56:26] 10-Oct-12
Solution Modeling with UML in Visual Studio 2010 Richard Seroter Intermediate [02:24:32] 10-May-11
Test First Development – Part 1 Starr , Allen Intermediate [03:33:45] 16-Nov-10
Test First Development – Part 2 David Starr Intermediate [02:44:28] 21-Feb-11
Web Application Performance and Scalability Testing Steve Smith Intermediate [03:19:41] 27-Jul-11
Windows Azure Diagnostics Niraj Bhatt Intermediate [03:18:49] 9-Mar-12
Windows Phone 7 Basics Adam Grocholski Beginner [02:53:20] 11-Dec-10

100 hours of free Microsoft PPM Content from customers, partners, MVPs and Microsoft!

Just saw this on:

Following yesterday’s announcement on the main Microsoft Project blog: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Session Recordings Are Live! please find below the full list of sessions (by code, presenter’s company and title). I have also attached an Excel spreadsheet with this list to this post (navigate to the end).

Grab you favorite beverage and snacks and enjoy the shows!

PS: there are four outstanding recordings we are still in the process of publishing and I will update this list once they are live.

PC200, AMD Corp,Detangling project demand, resource supply and capacity with Project Server

PC201, AXTEL, X-treme EPMO: Creating the Enterprise Project Management Office and Culture at AXTEL

PC202, Exxaro, Exxaro Resource: Project 2010 Case Study in Mining Industry

PC203, Kemira Oyj, Rapid Implementation of the Microsoft PPM solution and SAP-integration in a global Chemical company

PC204, Marquette University, Project and Project Portfolio Management that Works

PC205, Pioneer Hybred, Doing More with Less: Effective Capacity Planning and Reporting

PC206, Shire, Microsoft Project replaces Primavera: Why Shire made the switch and trusts Microsoft Project Server 2010 to manage $300M

PC207, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPM@EPA: Accelerating Maturity in the Cloud

PC208, Verizon Communications, How Verizon saved millions with Microsoft PPM: Turning data into useful information

PC210, Project Step by Step, Care and Feeding of the Zealots: Why Project users are disproportionately invested in their product, and how you can help spread the love

PC211, Applepark Ltd, Project Server REAL LIFE (not Second Life!) customer case studies

PC212, Advisicon, Landing Strategy in 3 Steps

PC213, BrightWork, The Phoenix Shoot Out – Which is the best solution for Project Management – Excel or SharePoint or Project Desktop or Project Server?

PC214, FOXit (Pty) LTD, Extending PPM to more than project and portfolio management, operationalize your business

PC215, Innovative-e, Deliver SharePoint Success: Key Steps to Reap The Business Benefits

PC216, Novant Health, Portfolio Management – Just what the Doctor Ordered

PC217, SharkPro Software, Microsoft PPM Total Cost and Benefit Workshop – Finding YOUR ROI

PC218, SharkPro Software, Moving on Up! Migrating from other PPM tools to Microsoft Project Server 2010

PC219, The Project Group, 10 "Golden Rules" to work with Microsoft Project!

PC220, The Project Group, Leveraging Microsoft PPM for Capital Project Management within the Utility and Construction Industries

PC221, Tribridge, Achieve Complete Project Cost Planning & Insight: Integrating Microsoft Project Server 2010 with financial systems like Dynamics AX

PC222, UMT, Quickly Build Governance Workflows & Effectively Control Financials with UMT Project Essentials Pro

PC223, UMT, Gartner Perspectives – Going Beyond PPM – Effectively Manage Your Entire IT Portfolio Decisions with Project Server 2010

PC224, SBS Group, The Integration of ProjectManagement and Project Accounting with Dynamics SL

PC226, Gartner, The Gartner perspective: PPM Industry Trends and Adoption Best Practices

PC227, Microsoft, The 411 on Office 365

PC228, Microsoft, Cloud Bursting Techniques with SharePoint Online

PC229, Microsoft, Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop Overview

PC230, Microsoft, Microsoft Project Server 2010 Overview

PC231, Microsoft, Tracking a Microsoft Project Release Using Project

PC232, Microsoft, Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop Reporting Overview

PC233, Jornata, Critical Success Factors for a Successful SharePoint Deployment

PC234, Jornata, Managing and Finding Content in SharePoint 2010

PC235, LehnertCS, LLC, A Successful implementation with Microsoft Project Server is more than technical?

PC236, msProjectExperts, Microsoft Project 2010 Mania

PC237, Projectum, Manage your resources without Excel – yes it is possible!

PC238, The Versatile Company, Modeling Traditional, Serial and SCRUM Techniques in Project 2010

PC239, Innovative-e, Leveraging Project 2010 with Office 365 for Project Management Success

PC240, PlanFurther LLC, The painters, the policemen and the Pope… understanding task movement in Microsoft Project 2010

PC241, PMP Specialists, Resource Management – Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together!

PC242, PTC, Maximize Visibility & Accountability in New Product Development Portfolios

PC300, Ameren, YOU CAN DO IT: How to Implement Project 2010 Server Yourself (with Little or NO Consulting $$)

PC301, ARM, 8 Billion Reasons why ARM chose ProjectServer 2010

PC302, AT&T Business Services, Pearls and Pitfalls – Realizing Real Business Benefits with Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint

PC303, Microsoft, Leverage the capabilities of SharePoint to light up Microsoft Project Server

PC304, Ingersoll-Rand, Across Divisions, IT, Engineering and the World; a true Enterprise-wide PPM client case study with Ingersoll Rand

PC305, WilmerHale, Critical Chain Project Management using Microsoft Project Professional 2010 and Prochain: Implementing Project Portfolio Management

PC307, Microsoft, Lessons learned implementing Enterprise Innovation Programs

PC308, Bogdanov & Associates, Delivering Microsoft EPM Success: Essential Steps to Map People, Process and Tools

PC309, Campana & Schott, 3 steps to cut the Gordian knot in resource management

PC310, Campana & Schott, Deliver successful program results in matrix organizations

PC311, Expit, Bridging Project Management and IT Service Management domains using Microsoft Project Professional 2010

PC312, msProjectExperts, Implementing PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling in Microsoft Project

PC313, Pcubed, Project Scheduling Revisited: Performance Tuning Your Scheduling Practices

PC314, Revlon, Practical TFS and Project Server integration in mid size enterprise

PC315, Meijer, Journey from 2007 to 2010

PC316, Microsoft, Migration Best practices from Project Server previous versions

PC317, Microsoft, Everything you want to know about designing and implementing Project Server Security Model

PC318, Microsoft, Take Control of the Timesheet and Tasks Updates in your Project Server 2010 Environment

PC319, Microsoft, Best Practices Troubleshooting Project 2010 Deployments – Part 1

PC320, Microsoft, Getting up to speed with Project2010 Extensibility

PC321, Microsoft, Exploring Project Server Technical Content

PC322, Advisicon, Integrating Data from External LOB Systems (SAP, ClickSoft, etc.) for Strategic Resource Planning & Forecasting

PC323, PMO Logistics Inc., Everything You Wanted To Know About Administering Project Server 2010 But Were Afraid To Ask

PC324, Corporate Project Solutions, Integrating SharePoint and Project Server 2010 – Deployment Approaches, Integration Options and making the most of the SharePoint Enterprise Features.

PC325, FluentPro, Project Server 2010 configuration management, migration, merge and documenting

PC327, Project Hosts, Going online with PPM — what you need to know

PC328, Microsoft, Project Server and Dynamics AX – Completing the Lifecycle from Project Estimation to Revenue Recognition

PC329, Microsoft, Take Your Project Reporting To The Next Level: Dashboards And Other Tools

PC330, SOLVIN, Breaking the Boundaries of Time Tracking in Project Server: TrackTimesheet a seamlessly integrated extension for time reporting

PC331, msProjectExperts, Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Using Project Server 2010

PC332, Nintex, Building advanced Project Server workflows with Nintex Workflow for Project Server

PC333, ProjectPro Corporation, Critical Path 2.0

PC334, UMT, Turning Project Data into Real World Reports: An Overview of Business Intelligence Options

PC335, UMT, Unleashing the Value of Earned Value: Applying Schedule and Cost Controls to Measure ProjectPerformance

PC336, Advisicon, Making the Most of Project Professional When Managing Multiple Projects

PC337, Agora Consulting Partners, Be Loved By Your Development Teams: Using the Team Foundation Server – Project Server Connector

PC338, SharePoint911, SharePoint Governance isn’t just for Grandma

PC339, EPM Architects, Managing Resource Supply and Demand with Microsoft Project Server 2010

PC341, QuantumPM, Planning Innovation Adoption with IPM : Tips for a Successful Pilot

PC342, Milestone Consulting Group, YJTJ (Your Job Tool’s Job)™ – Working in Concert with Microsoft Project

PC343, Symnoian, LLC, Closing the Status Loop with Windows 8 Metro and Project Server’s Task Update Feature

PC349, Microsoft, Best Practices Troubleshooting Project 2010 Deployments – Part 2

PC400, Allianz Life, Bean Counting in the Cloud: Merging hosted EPM and internal GL data to optimize financial reporting.

PC401, Ubisoft, Tracking Historical Project Activity Data using the Microsoft Business Intelligence Suite

PC402, DeltaBahn, Planning and Executing a Multi-Instance, Multi-Version Project Server Migration

PC403, Milestone Consulting Group, Extending and Customizing the Project Server 2010 Timesheet to Drive Adoption and Achieve Business Results

Microsoft Certification reinvented for the Cloud Webcast

Just saw this and thought I’d throw it out there…

Friday, May 11, 2012 – 2:00–3:00 PM EDT

The US Partner Enablement & Learning Channel and Microsoft Learning North America Sales Teams cordially invite you to attend an exclusive Readiness Event on the NEW Microsoft Certification Program.

Join us on May 11 as Don Field, Senior Director of Microsoft Certification, engages the MPN Community with:

  • Overview on changes to and corresponding
    benefits of the certification program
  • Overview on changes to and corresponding
    benefits of the certification program
  • Walkthrough of solutions-based certification
  • Summary of available certification offers and
  • Opportunity to address questions that you may
    have on the new program

To join the meeting, simply use this URL and join via Live Meeting*:

For your convenience, this event will be recorded and made available for your review. A link to the recording will be distributed shortly after the live event concludes. We hope to see your team participate in this informative event.

Scott Akin


US Partner Enablement & Learning Channel

Microsoft Corporation

Lawrence Kaye

Business Development Manager

Microsoft Learning North America Sales

Microsoft Corporation

MCT | MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010


*NOTE: If you do not have Live Meeting already installed, you will be prompted to do so when you join the meeting. Please do not join using the Web Console since that application does not have audio
capabilities. Please note also that all audio will be provided via VoIP in the Live Meeting – no audio teleconference dial-in number will be available.