PM Tech Corner: Free PDUs and Free Training

If Free PDUs and Free Training don’t pique your interest, please stop reading immediately.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Tim Runcie and I have spent the last 20+ years working with technologies and methodologies supporting project, program and portfolio managers globally. You can say it is a passion at our company, Advisicon, helping our customers and community of practice achieve better ROI with a blend of tools and technologies.

As a Gold PPM partner with Microsoft, I welcome hearing requests for improvements on Microsoft tools, so feel free to communicate those to my team or me anytime! I can be reached at Tim.Runcie@Advisicon.com

This month’s article will help you find some of the best options for getting free PDUs and some of the best methodology and technology training out there. Some people and organizations pay a lot of money for any one of these, but having been in this industry, a long time, I have found that there are some great options out there for those who are a little patient, or for those who have the good sense to be a part of PMI.

I know people react to the word “free” in many different ways. If you are in Las Vegas and someone offers you a free package, it usually means that there you have to attend a timeshare presentation and so you may be thinking…“What’s the catch?”

These options I am sharing with you are totally free and can really help to keep your PDUs current. So let’s get started and get your knowledge empowerment going!

Technology Training (Microsoft’s Channel 9)

Channel 9 was created in 2004 when Microsoft was having reputation issues. The intent was to make information about platforms, tools, approaches as well as issues and resolutions visible and transparent. It has been a huge success in delivering some of the best content, and it’s all free of charge to everyone.

Microsoft’s Channel 9 site is a public video blog designed to post training, conferences, events, and interviews with key technology managers, and visionaries. It keeps the most current information available. People who couldn’t attend a conference or want to listen again can view it on Channel 9.

Free PDUs and Technology / Methodology Webinars (Advisicon)

Advisicon has a weekly webinar, called Webinar Wednesdays that offers not only free PDUs, but covers methodology and technologies that support project, program and portfolio management.

The webinars range from 30-60 minutes and offer free PDUs for those who attend live and complete a survey. This is a great way to get free training and PDUs.

Advisicon has been speaking and teaching for 20+ years, but for the last year has been putting these weekly knowledge events and presenting informational recordings to their YouTube channel for those of you who can’t attend the webinars.

I recommend you check it out and offer suggestions for new topics.

Microsoft Project Related Webinars (MPUG)

If you need deeper Project PPM knowledge, there is a 15+ year professional association called MPUG. They have many events and online training that they make available, including events about PMI, MS Project and Project PPM technologies.

PMI Knowledge Channels

You may know about the Chapter events for PMI Portland, but there are also some great round tables, mentoring and networking events you can attend. I highly recommend you check out some of the links provided below.

PMI Global:  http://www.pmi.org

Local PMI Chapters:  http://www.pmi.org/membership/chapters-pmi-chapters.aspx  and http://www.pmi-portland.org

PMI Roundtables:   http://pmi-portland.org/activities/roundtables

PMI Chapter Meetings:   http://pmi-portland.org/activities/chapter-meeting

Mentoring:   http://pmi-portland.org/resources/mentoring-program

PMBOK:   http://www.pmi.org/PMBOK-Guide-and-Standards/pmbok-guide.aspx

Methodology Knowledge Channels

While we know that PMI is strong in Waterfall, but there are some other great learning channels you can go to and learn about other methodology approaches.

In many cases, best practices surrounding different approaches can be blended. Here are some excellent links where you can find information about other related methodologies and technical approaches to delivering good projects.

Prince2:   https://www.prince2.com/usa/downloads

Agile Alliance:   http://www.agilealliance.org/

Agile Manifesto:   http://www.agilemanifesto.org/

Scrum:   https://www.scrum.org/

Scrum Alliance:   https://www.scrumalliance.org/

Scrum and Agile are both very dynamic and I’m sure you’ll find this a great source for learning.

Other Professional Associations

There are other professional associations outside of PMI that focus on very specific industry approaches under the project, program and portfolio umbrella. This knowledge can be a lifesaver or supercharge your PM career.

Listed below are some great associations. You can find webinars, training and also events with highly supportive information and professionals.

PMI – Project Management Institute:   http://www.pmi.org/ 

IIBA - International Institute of Business Analysis:   https://www.iiba.org/

ASPE – American Society of Professional Estimators:   https://www.aspenational.org/

IPMA – International Project Management Association:   http://www.ipma.world/ 

ICPMA – International Construction Project Management Association:   http://www.icpma.net/ 

Portfolio Management Roundtable:   http://spspro.com/resource-center/portfolio-management-roundtable/

I hope these learning channels will help you jump start your learning gaps and I think the price is right for all of them! Again, our goal for our Tech Corner is to supercharge your ability in to produce results with tools, processes or a combination of both for optimization of your project management experience.

Warmest wishes for your work and do reach out to me at Tim.Runcie@Advisicon,com for questions or other techniques/tools and blended methodology approaches. Happy PM’ing!

About the Author

runcie tim mking eff bus decTim Runcie is the president of Advisicon (a Gold PPM Company), a 20+ year project, program and portfolio expert and member of the Microsoft Advisory council.  Tim is also the author of over 36 books on technology and project management and a 12+ year nominated and awarded MVP at Microsoft. Tim and Advisicon offer webinars, classes and customized training for all your project management needs.

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