Ballantyne Community Meeting

October 02, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Bank of America - Sherrill Building
13510 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Bronze Room
Charlotte, NC 28277

TOPIC: Agile is Not Always the Answer

SPEAKER: Michael Wharton, Project MVP, MBA, PMP



Michael Wharton is a Project/SharePoint Consultant and Trainer. Michael’s career started as a software developer before moving into project management. His passion to improve project management processes begin in 2003 using tools like project professional and project server. Since then he has trained hundreds of project managers and implemented project server in over thirthy PMOs. He has passed over forty-four Microsoft certification exams giving him a solid technical background with Project and SharePoint Server.

Michael is active in the community. He is the past President-Elect and past Director of Programs for the NC Piedmont PMI, board member of the Triad SQL Server User Group, Triad Developers Guild and Enterprise Architect Roundtable.

Career Highlights

·       Awarded MVP Project 2013 thru 2018 (only awarded to 55 in world, 12 are US and have direct access to Microsoft developers and escalation team).  What makes an MVP different from other consultants is that we have direct access to Microsoft developers and program managers and provide insights into future direction with Microsoft products in our area of expertise.

·       Deployed over 30 SharePoint / Project Server installations into PMO. Deployment include SharePoint Design, Configuration and Customization.

·       Passed over 44 MS Certification Exams including SharePoint certs

·       Migrated over 10 sites Project Server to higher versions

·       Trained over thousand Project Managers using Microsoft Project

·       Technical Reviewer of server books such as

o   Forecasting Programs by Eric Uyttewaal

o   Forecast Scheduling 2013 by Eric Uyttewaal

o   Missing Manual: Project Professional 2010 and 2013 by Bonnie Biafore

o    Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2013 by Gus Cicala

·       Currently writing book: Monitoring Portfolio Management and Resource Demand



Would you use the agile approach to build your house or have your government build missiles using agile?  How to Determine the Right Scheduling Approach for your Project

Agile is an adaptive approach to managing projects, however there are many other predictive scheduling approaches that may work better. This session covers the strengths and weaknesses of Agile, Critical Path Method, Resource Critical Method, Critical Chain, Earned Value and Earned Work approaches and how to determine which approach works best for your project management needs.  This topic is based on the research of Eric Uyttewaal, who is also the author or Forecasting Programs, Critical Path 2.0 and Forecast Scheduling 2013 and 2016.   After this session, you can choice the best tool for managing your project.



This is a working meeting designed for PMI Chapter members south of the city including Ballantyne.

PDU Category: Technical 


Community Chapter Meeting 

As a means of helping chapter and local community members who are certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) satisfy the continuing education requirements for re-certification, PMI Metrolina Chapter arranges its monthly meeting schedule to allow a 1 hour PDU training session to be incorporated into its normal meeting.

Topics presented during these sessions are designed to not only satisfy the PDU requirement for re-certifying as a PMP, but to also provide wide appeal to people involved in project management regardless of whether or not they are certified PMPs. The 1-hour sessions meet the educational requirements to qualify for 1 PDU credits for maintaining PMP® certification or to meet the requirement for attending 35 hours of formal project management education prior to applying to sit for the PMP® exam.

The sessions are open to all.


$10.00 Member Ticket

$12.00 Guest Ticket