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The Inside Scoop on Being a Microsoft MVP – From a 5-Year (and counting) MVP – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this post, I gave you some insight into what the Microsoft MVP award is and how it is awarded. This post will focus on the unique benefits to actually being an MVP.

Quick Answers to Tech Questions

Being an MVP means I can get answers to technical issues almost instantly from the community.

I can pick up the phone and call another MVP or even participate in a private forum to see if someone else around the world has experienced the same issue. Clients are often amazed that I can get the answer they need faster than their own IT departments!

As an MVP, I have had the opportunity to create a mental rolodex of the most qualified tech professionals in business today.

Access to Microsoft

Being an MVP means I share what I hear directly from clients to individuals at Microsoft who can truly make a difference.

Recently, while at an MVP feedback meeting, and with my client’s consent, I was able to show someone at Microsoft my automotive client’s instance, describing what they wanted to do and their pain points with the software. Microsoft was eager to receive this feedback as they continue to improve their products.

Another example is that of one of my retail clients, who was having an issue with a specific Project Online resource feature. I was able to reach out to someone at Microsoft who was involved in the development of this feature. My contact suggested that I have the client submit a proposed change to Microsoft backed by a business case. The feature was reviewed by Microsoft, which then decided to make a change to the software. With the power of Project Online, the customer was able to see the change within a few months of it being rolled out.

Serious Network Benefits

Being an MVP means I know the best of the best around the world. It’s a real kick when a customer says they read an article from another MVP, and I can often comment that I know the individual personally and that we recently chatted on the phone or participated in an event together.

An MVP might call me about a challenging timesheet/task update question, while I might call another MVP to get advice about integration with another Microsoft product. As an MVP, not only can I call people in my software area of expertise, but I can get connected to other MVPs in other areas when needed. This is very powerful and gives me a huge network of resources across all Microsoft products.

Also, MVPs in my software specialty have become friends for life. Sometimes in our forums we share stories about weddings, babies and life-changing events like floods, terrorist attacks, and even war. This is not a news report, this is someone sharing personal feelings of things they are experiencing right now, and I’m honored to be there for them when they need me.

Nonstop Learning & Sharing

Being an MVP means I am passionate about what I do and helping others get more from their software.

Being a frequent (okay….constant) traveler, I get to meet lots of people all over the country at all levels of ability and in all industries. I learn from them all. Novices help me to see pitfalls to software usability and experts help me to see the range of ways technology can be used. My head and my heart are in this business together because every time I travel I feel grateful for my unique opportunity to learn, grow and share.

One thing an MVP is not, is someone who knows the answer to every question. However, I continue to learn and gain knowledge every day and customers help me in that growth.

Are you interested in becoming an MVP? Or do you need the kind of help only an MVP can provide, specifically for Microsoft Project or Project Online? Please feel free to contact me to start the conversation!



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Events and Articles Featuring Cindy (Jan 2015 – June 2016)

I am on the road frequently doing a number of different speaking events and contributing to the community. Please find below a sampling of these events.

I look forward to seeing some of you at events over the next few months.

Most Current at the Top

June 16, 2016 – MPUG Detroit What’s New and Tips & Tricks – Speaker

May 26, 2016 – PMI-NEFL Best Practices in Microsoft Project Seminar – Seminar Leader

May 25, 2016 – PMI-NEFL Project Portfolio Management Strategic Thinking in a Cloud – Speaker

May 24, 2016 – PMI-NEFL Best Practices in Microsoft Project Lunch & Learn – Speaker

May 23, 2016 – PMI-NEFL Agile in Action – Speaker

May 1, 2016 – A New Way to Contribute to Project Online Improvements – Article Author

April 12, 2016 – What is Agile Project Management – Article Author

February 23-24, 2016 – Microsoft Project Virtual Conference hosted by MPUG

February 2016 – MPUG Speaker Sponsor

January 2016 – WMPMI Sponsor – Grand Rapids

November 2015 – WMPMI Chapter Donation to Support Education Programs

November 2015 – MVP Summit – Attendee and Contributor

October 22-23, 2015 – Project Virtual Conference hosted by Prasanna Adavi and The Community www.projectvirtualconference.com – Speaker Customer Story: Whiteboard & Excel Scheduling to Enterprise Product Launch Management with Project Professional Register for free to view the recording.

October 2015 – PMI Global Congress Microsoft Project Booth Support

September 2015 – Cindy joined the MPUG Detroit Board

September 17-18, 2015 – Oceans of Opportunity Conference – Speaker multiple days

  • Resource Management with MS Project and Project Server/Online
  • Key Agile Concepts Illustrated

September 15, 2015 – MPUG Detroit – Using Resource Allocation with Project Server – Speaker

May 13, 2015 – MPUG Global – Highlights From Microsoft Ignite – Co-Presenter

May 12, 2015 – What’s New in Project 2010 & Project 2013 – Speaker Register for free to view the recording.

May 2015 – WMPMI Director of Public Relations appointed to another chapter season

May 2015 – Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Ambassador at Ignite Conference

March 17, 2015 – PMI-MCAC Key Concepts of Agile Methodology – Speaker

February 2015 – WMPMI Sponsor – Kalamazoo

January 2015 – WMPMI Sponsor – Grand Rapids

January 2015 – Project Scheduling with Agile & MS Project at Davenport University (instructor, 300 level course)



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