1. Training. At the conference, you will find more than 90 educational sessions spanning three tracks, a range of experience levels, and in both instructor-led and computer-based training formats.
These sessions are presented by the best and brightest in the Microsoft Project community: members of the Microsoft team, MVPs and other industry thought leaders. You will walk away from the Microsoft Project Conference with greater knowledge of how to maximize your interaction with Microsoft Project for real, measurable results.
Btw (shameless plug), I’ll be presenting the following sessions:
2. Certification. If you want to beef up your certifications, the Microsoft Project Conference is a great place to do it. On-site testing will be available Tuesday through Thursday.
3. Professional credits. If you’re a Project Management Professional (PMP), you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to 32 PDUs during the conference.
4. Networking. There’s no better way to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry than to talk with colleagues and peers. There will be ample opportunities to rub elbows and exchange ideas with industry experts, members of the Microsoft team, and other key players in project management and the Project community, starting with the official welcome reception on Monday and continuing throughout the conference.
5. Keeping up with the Joneses. Find out the latest and greatest, take a pulse for upcoming trends, and learn how to really boost your Microsoft Project experience with tips, tweaks, and third-party solutions that will keep you on the bleeding edge of project management technologies, best practices, and industry movement.
6. Reinforcement. At the Microsoft Project Conference, you’ll hear the success stories of Microsoft partners and customers, reinforcing the message that Microsoft Project is a tool you can really dig in with to garner real, measurable results. Everyone can be a Project evangelist, and seeing success writ large during the conference will reinforce your own experiences and successes with Microsoft Project.
7. Parties! Nobody makes an event quite like Microsoft does, and Wednesday’s evening at the Arizona Science Center will be no exception. Get your star-gazing fix in the Dorrance Planetarium, climb the indoor rock wall, and enjoy more than 300 interactive exhibits in this museum located in historic downtown Phoenix. Take a break from the hands-on exploring to enjoy gourmet food and hand-mixed specialty cocktails, easily enjoyed under the real stars on one of the museum’s lovely terraces. There will no doubt be many casual, informal gatherings and chances to fellowship with your colleagues during the course of the conference.
I look forward to seeing you there!