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  • We are thrilled to make some announcements for the New Year.  We have worked hard to capitalize on growth opportunities and expand our offerings.   While we still concentrate on Project Management and Microsoft Project, we have begun to offer more services:

    1. Organizational Project Management (OPM), Program and Portfolio Management individually and collectively as OPM3 –  The OPM3 model is a standard for assessing the maturity of the Portfolio, Program and Project Management competencies.  Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the OPM3 provides a foundation for improvement.
    2. Strategic Operations Management (OM) – OM is focused on the production processes; examining and assessing the alignment of operations to the strategy of the corporation yields focus areas for improvement.
    3. Change Management (CM) – CM uses behavioral science to smooth the transition through the change to a new future state.
    4. dditional Microsoft Project services
      1. Hosting
      2. Offsite administration
      3. Expanded training
      4. Schedule/Template maintenance
    5. Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) – The MEC is program that allows business professionals a chance to have hands-on, real world experience with the Microsoft platform.  Sessions are led by trained and qualified facilitators and are designed to be interactive, experiential and fun.

    To better reflect these increased offerings, we will be changing the name of our organization.  Effective January 1, 2015, we will become EPM Strategy.  Please visit our website at www.EPMStrategy.com .  There you can find our Services page which highlights more of the services that we provide.  Be sure to check out the video page and favorite our YouTube channel (http://goo.gl/gB7fE5) to keep up with our training and quick tip videos.

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  • BY: Collin Quiring

    Sometimes, when you are using Microsoft Professional and you insert a Subproject the Subproject is“Read Only” when you try to save the Master Project.  This quick post is how to resolve that issue.

    In this example, I have a Master Project which is titled the highly original name of “Master Project” and I have a equally cleverly named subproject named “SubProject”.  It appears like this in Project Professional.


    At the top of the screen is the name of the schedule (MasterProject) but it does NOT say “read only”.


    So, I make my modifications and then select the Save button.  As expected, I get the following message:


    HOWEVER, I now get the error message that the subproject is a read-only file.  And, the system gives me a chance to save a copy of the file with changes.  But, I do not want to do that, I want the subproject as I have it.


    How do I resolve this?  Luckily, it is not that hard to make the subproject to be able to be saved and no longer read only. It can be done in the existing file.

    Just go into the properties for subproject by double clicking on the name of the subproject and then go to the Advanced tab.  In that tab is the option for Read Only.  Make sure that is not selected.


    After doing this change though, you have to close Project and re-open it.

    Quick side note:  Was there any way we could have known this BEFORE we made changes to the subproject which we subsequently lost when we changed it from Read Only and had to close and re-open Professional?  Yes, there is an indicator.  Going back to the screen shot from before, you can see next to the indicator column a small red indicator next to the subproject indicator.


    If we had hovered over that indicator we would have seen that it states “This project was inserted read-only from” and then gives the path to the subproject.


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  • BY: Tim Gryder

    It has often been told to me that “Project just is too complicated to schedule with” or that “I can’t make project dates ever work right”.

    Well let’s dispel the notion that Project is too complicated to use. Maybe we should approach this from the view of…”I just need to understand how it works”

    Project is like a violin in a concert performers hand…In the wrong hands it screeches out the most horrendous information or bad information.

    Or maybe it’s like flying a complex aircraft which with all the dials and indicators which would crash at the hands of an untrained pilot, but yet with a person trained to use Project…

    MS Project really does allow for the business process of project management to capture good information and reschedule our projects. Scheduling can be made easy and much more accurate.

    So for the brevity of this blog post, let’s imagine a project to build a storage barn. Pretty simple, right?

    Let’s build out tasks, which in project are easy to do, but in order to enjoy simplicity and ease of schedule in the project as it evolves, we must first set it up correctly in the beginning.

    So here is our file.  (We are using Project Professional 2013.)


    Notice that Work Breakdown must be determined in your project structure.

    And you must define Task Mode, Type, Duration, Dependencies, Constraints, Resources, and Calendars and a few other assundry items which are a training class in and of itself…. Also remember, here is where it gets interesting. Project schedules differently depending on the task type. Please take note of the impact of task type and calendar and resource understanding required for the project being set up which this blog isn’t going to unearth…but having made a choice on type and other set up considerations… then we get something like this.


    Notice now that I have set duration and work calculated via the Duration * Units = Work which again is a whole other conversation and imperative to learning to use Project.

    But now let’s update this schedule. Remember that Project recalculates based on status date which can be found in your project information…

    First I update my tasks…and with fixed duration I will update duration on all the tasks I have been given information on from my resources. This should be everything to the left of the green line which represents today.


    But, as of Tuesday (which is today) the day I am updating my project (the green line)… I have three tasks that are behind schedule and have not been completed.

    I do not want to have to manually change the dates on all the tasks so let’s have project reschedule the project tasks for us.


    After I have taken updates I now reschedule everything that is past due…because you can’t do work in the past… (I know some of you think you can)

    Highlight all of the project tasks or just the tasks you want…and use the update project button on the Project Tab.  Picking the date you want to move uncompleted tasks to start after. Note that this will create a constraint on the tasks rescheduled to start after today. This could be alleviated by just rescheduling the one latest task and letting the schedule push the remaining tasks without constraints.


    Now, all of my past due tasks have moved forward to today (the green line)…the day I rescheduled. Also note that based on dependencies and all the other constraints and variables set up in the beginning, all future tasks moved as well. So there you go. Have you been moving things around in project and it was wearing you out??? Just spend a little more time on the front end setting the file up correctly and then enjoy letting project do the rest.


    This update cycle means that you can now focus on the impacts of late tasks and implications to future tasks. It also means your resources get true corrected dates to work by. Give it a try and see what happens!

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  • BY: Collin Quiring

    We recently had a client who uses Project Online request the ability to NOT create SharePoint sites that are connected to the Project schedules directly.  They prefer to use their own SharePoint site.  First, it is important to note that Project Online is something that Microsoft routinely tweaks and modifies and doesn’t necessarily notify anybody so it is possible that at some point in the future, this might change, but at the moment there is no ability to turn that off.  When you create a schedule with Project Online, you will get a SharePoint site in the Project Online instance.

    So, what do you do when you do not want to create a SharePoint site online?  There are two options – you can create the site and then promptly delete it, or, you can deactivate the site after you create it.  Both of these have their own unique issues that arise as a result.  This blog will go through the two options.

    The first option is to create your schedule and create the Sharepoint site and then delete the site.  So as to have better screenshots and a more clear explanation, I will go through how that appears when using Project Professional 2013 with a Project Online instance.  This first screenshot is the schedule being published.  My test schedule name is “ZZ Test Delete Site”.  Notice that I do NOT get a choice – I have to make a site.  The “Do not Create a Site at the time” is grayed out.  I have to “Create a site for this project”.


    Ok, so now that the site is created, I can go to PWA Settings and to the Operational Polices and select the Connected SharePoint Sites.  At this point, I see that the SharePoint site has been created..


    Just to make sure that no conflicts exist, I closed Project Professional and checked-in the project.

    I select the row and select the Deete Site option from the tool bar at the top of the screen.  A pop up message appears.  (In case you can’t read it, the box says “Deleting this site will permanently remove all documents, issues, risks and deliverables for ZZ Test Delete Site.  Are you sure you want to delete this site?”)


    Since I do want to delete this site, I select OK.  And, while I don’t get another message, I do see now that the site is no longer listed in the Connected SharePoint Sites screen:


    Ok, so now I have accomplished my goal of not having a site, right?  Well, yes and I have created a new issue.  If I go to Project Center and I drill down on the schedule and select the Project Site I get the message that “There is no site configured for this project.”


    However, within Project Professional there is an interesting “bug” about this.  When I find and open the file from Project Online and check out the schedule all looks well.  But, when I go to Publish again, I get the option box again that I have to create the site.  It is just like the first time I published the schedule.


    This is a nuisance message.  This is something you will just have to train your Project Managers to hit the “Publish” button anyway.  In all of the testing I did, this did NOT re-create the site.  Going back to Project Center and trying to get so the site still says that there is no site configured.  And, no site suddenly appears in the sites list.

    A KEY POINT:  This will become a bit more clear after the second test.  It is important to note that the tasks and settings from the schedule appear as expected within Project Online (Project Center, Resource Center, Tasks, etc).

    So, this appears to have resolved the problem and you just have to live with the “create a site” box each time you publish.

    Now for the second test.  In this case we will Deactivate the SharePoint site, rather than deleting it.  In this case, the schedule name is “ZZ Test Deactivate Site”.  After creating, saving and publishing the schedule, the site appears in the settings.  In this case I will select the Deactivate option for the site but I will not Delete the site.

    In the Connected SharePoint Sites screen I select the Deactivate option.  I then get this pop up box warning me that I am getting rid of the SharePoint site.  Which is what I really do want in this case so I select OK.  (In case you can’t read it, it says “This will disable the enterprise project features for project ZZ Test Deactivate Site and the SharePoint Tasks List will be enabled for editing.  Are you sure you want to do this?”””)




    I select OK and now that the site is Deactivated I see the following in the Connected SharePoint Sites screen:



    And, all appears well.  However, not so much.  If you want to use this like a “normal” Project Online schedule with the task, Project Center and Resource Center working as you would expect then we refer back to the KEY POINT from earlier in this blog.  By Deactivating the site what we really have done is not get rid of it, we have only gotten rid of the functionality.  In the message we just saw when we deactivated we got a hint to this – where the box says that the SharePoint Tasks List will be enabled.  What would be nice is if it said that the Project capabilities would be disabled.

    Now when you go to Project Center and drill down on the schedule you are actually taken to the Project Site. So, you are not taken to the Tasks list.  You are taken to a site that you theoretically just Deactivated.  In our case, this is actually the exact OPPOSITE of what we expected. By selecting “Deactivate” what we really did was “stop using Project Online functionality and only use SharePoint functionality”.  Which, is not what we wanted.  The tasks have been converted to a SharePoint List and is no longer a “task list” in Project Online as the other schedules with normal sites (or the deleted site).



    The tasks list is a SharePoint list now, it is not a “project” task list:


    And, opening the schedule in Project Professional now brings up all sorts of interesting pop up boxes.  The first one is when you open the schedule it syncs to the SharePoint List.


    When you try to save the schedule (not even publish, just save) you get this pop up message (In case you can’t read it the box is called Conflict One and the message says “This task was deleted in SharePoint.  To undo deletion, click “Keep Microsoft Project Version”, or click “Keep SharePoint Version” to delete the task from the project plan.”  and then it shows the task details)



    In this case, my goal is to not use SharePoint so I will select the Keep Microsoft Project Version.  This pop up appears for each task (unless you select the option to “Keep the selected version for all remaining conflicts in this synchronization.”

    Now, another interesting point.  I clicked on save to get this.  But, when I look at the bottom right of the schedule’s status bar it doesn’t say “Save Completed Successfully”.  It says “Publish Completed Successfully”.  And, the publish option is grayed out.  I do not have the ability to Publish, yet is says that it was just published.  Perhaps that is another blog some day about whether or not this actually published or just saved and said it was published or maybe it thinks that because it sync’ed to a SharePoint list that it counts as published?

    Therefore, the final conclusion is that if you do not want to have a SharePoint site, you have to publish the schedule, delete the site and train the Project Managers to hit Publish with Create site selected.  If you Deactivate the site you actually are doing the opposite of our goal in this case.

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  • BY: Collin Quiring

    This came up a while ago with one client and I just wanted to share this issue with everybody.  Depending upon how you look at this issue, you can consider it a bug or a feature.  It sort of makes sense the way it works but it probably shouldn’t work that way.

    This was tested in Project Web App 2010 (Project Server 2010) and Project Web App 2013 (Project Server 2013) and Project Online 2013.  I assume this works the same for all date fields that users can enter but I only tested in the Actual Start and Actual Finish date fields.

    When you are in the Tasks page in Project Web App and you enter a date (or any text or numbers) into the Date field the system immediately takes that date and background “saves” that update so that the system thinks that you have placed some data there.  That is fine in most situations.  However, what about when you realize you put the date in the wrong field (wrong date field or wrong task to update or whatever the reason)?  Well, you are stuck.

    Since the date information you have entered is in the “background” already you MUST have a valid date format Date in that field from now on.  You can not delete it and leave it blank.  You can not backspace it out.  You have to leave a date in the field of some sort.  The only way to get out of this is to leave the page and not save the update.  Which, in and of itself, is a bad solution unless this is the very first field and the only update that you have done.

    If you try to blank out the field or put in a non-date format text into this field you will get the message ‘’is not a valid value for this field .


    If you consider this a bug it is due to the fact that you can’t delete it or otherwise fix the error in the field.  The only work arounds are to put in a fake date, save it, and then ask the Timesheet Manager/Project Manager to deny the update.  Or, you can leave the page (which isn’t practical in most cases).  And, another side effect of putting in a fake date is that if it does get approved, it can affect the entire schedule and everybody else’s tasks.

    If you consider this a feature then this is just a nasty side effect.  The feature is that it “saves” into the background as you type and that is nice and might help you not to lose work.

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  • BY: Collin Quiring

    This post is about a Resource over allocation we discovered in Microsoft Project Professional 2010.  To make it simple, this is not connected to Server, not an online instance, just a desktop version of Project Pro 2010.  Specifically, this is about a situation where we had a Resource that was clearly NOT over allocated.  I have some screenshots below that explain the situation in detail.

    We also tested this in Microsoft Project Professional 2013 desktop and had the exact same results.  Both the problem and the resolution worked the same in 2013 as in 2010.

    So we are all on the same page, what is the definition in Microsoft Project of an over allocated Resource?  It is “a resource is assigned to more work on a specific task or all tasks than can be completed within normal working capacity.”  In Project the field reference does not have the space between words and is just called overallocated or overallocation.

    In this case, we had a Resource that was clearly not over capacity or over allocated.  But, in the Team Planner the Resource was showing over – including on weekends.  The weekends were NON-working days AND no work was assigned.  But, it also shows over allocation on days that are not over allocated.


    Here we see in the Resource Sheet that the Resource called Team Lead is showing an over allocation (in red) and this screenshot shows that this is a normal Work Resource with a Standard calendar.


    There is no calendar assigned to the Tasks.

    The Project Calendar is the Standard Calendar as well so the Resource and the Project calendars are in sync.

    This screenshot is from the Resource Usage view which shows that the Resource named Team Lead is showing an over allocation on a handful of weeks.  BUT, look at those numbers – the assignments are only 3, .55, .45 or .12 PER WEEK!  The Resource has 40 hours a week available.  Obvious math shows that this screenshot “is impossible” because the Resource is not over allocated.  In fact, it is almost perfectly the opposite – the have a week with less than an hour of time against it so they have over 39 un-assigned hours!!

    Here are the overallocations marked in red in the Resource Usage view:


    Now, here is another interesting screenshot.  In this one, in the Task Usage view (Gantt Chart) we see the little red man indicator that tells us the Resource Team Lead is over allocated.  We also see that when we add the column Overallocated, it states that the Resource is NOT overallocated!


    So, Microsoft Project is actually giving us BOTH answers at once – the real one that the Resource is not overallocated and that the Resource is overallocated.  In fact, hovering over the red man indicator gives us the expected message of “This task has resources assigned which are overallocated.  Right-click for options.”


    But, we know that it is not over allocated!

    After searching Bing and Google we discovered that there may have been some sort of bug prior to SP1.  The bug was that if a Work value is less than 1% of the duration of a task, the system wouldn’t correctly calculate the allocation and would end up showing that the Resource was overallocated even though it wasn’t.  However, changing the work above the 1% threshold didn’t affect this for us (and, we were on a post SP1 version) so we set it back.

    After more searching and experimentation we discovered that the error is related to the Leveling Period for the Project.  NOTE – we in no way wanted to or used the leveling from within Project.  We merely changed the settings.  When you go into the Leveling Options in the Resource tab the default setting looks like this:


    The only item that we changed was the “Look for overallocations on a…” basis.

    We changed it from “Day by Day’’” to “Week by Week”.  AGAIN – we did not actually click on “Level All” or actually ran any sort of leveling!  We only changed that drop down setting and clicked on OK.

    And, with that one and only change, suddenly, the overallocations disappear!

    No assignments changed, nothing else was changed.  But, the over allocations went away immediately:


    It removed the overallocations in Team Planner as well:


    It is all about the calculation method.  I don’t think that I would call this a bug.  I think this is a bit of weird math that happens when you have certain settings and views combining.

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  • BY: Collin Quiring

    In a previous blog we mentioned different versions of Project and Project Server that a new version of Project Online was coming out  (http://dld.bz/dh2wF) .  That has been released as of today, May 1, 2014.  This version is called Project Lite and is for those Team Members that do not need full Project Online functionality.  This is only $7 a month per user right now.

    Here is the functionality that a Project Lite user is allowed to do in each of three areas:


    • Create New Tasks or Assignments
    • Reassign Tasks
    • Self-Assign Team Tasks
    •  View and/or Edit Tasks in Task Center


    • View Timesheets
    • Enter Hours
    • Add or Remove Task from Timesheet
    • Turn in Timesheet


    • View or Update Status, Issues and Risks
    • View or Update Project Documents
    • View Project Center
    • View Project Schedules
    • View Project Details
    • View Project Summary
    • View Resource Assignments
    • Create/Modify/Delete links between tasks and items in Project Site (Documents, Issues, Risks)
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  • BY: Collin Quiring

    A few years ago, I posted some information about PMI (Project Management Institute) membership and PMP (Project Management Professional) certifications and other data that they routinely share.  (That post is here: http://dld.bz/dnY2z )

    I was asked if I could update the data and so I did.  The updated information is below.  There is some new data now with the new certifications – PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP.  And, they discontinued publishing the number of new members per month in 2013.  And, sadly, for myself, as an OPM3 certification holder, PMI doesn’t publish that number in a clear or obvious way.

    As I stated in the previous post, it is always important to me to know if a certification and an organization’s membership are of value in the marketplace.  And one way to know if it is of value is to see if it is increasing, stagnating or decreasing in numbers (which I take as a reference to importance to employers).  It is interesting to me though that there are more PMP certification holders than there are PMI members.  I am not sure what that means.

    I do also understand that when a certification becomes so prevalent, it becomes irrelevant.  A lot of organizations think that if they increase their certification numbers, they then get some sort of relevance or benefit in the marketplace.  However, I have seen where a certification is so common that it no longer differentiates individuals as having a particular value or knowledge over another.  I don’t know if the PMP is heading that way or not, it is just something to ponder.

    This information comes from PMI directly and the caveat is that the month they published it and the month that is listed below for the data is normally one month late.  That wasn’t purely consistent over the years (sometimes PMP data was a week or two old and CAPM was a month or two old).  So, the months represented below are from the month that PMI published the data.


    Here are the numbers that are represented in that chart.

    Date PMPs Members
    Sep-06 206,774 215,367
    Oct-06 212,704 219,322
    Nov-06 216,200 222,734
    Dec-06 221,144 225,432
    Jan-07 212,622 230,825
    Feb-07 217,519 232,756
    Mar-07 223,877 236,871
    Apr-07 228,277 238,565
    May-07 233,330 241,895
    Jun-07 236,996 243,604
    Jul-07 242,991 245,175
    Aug-07 247,537 245,933
    Sep-07 251,782 246,216
    Oct-07 256,184 249,860
    Nov-07 262,860 251,924
    Dec-07 267,367 253,692
    Jan-08 273,547 259,172
    Feb-08 259,694 260,458
    Mar-08 266,146 264,496
    Apr-08 272,032 266,747
    May-08 278,618 269,458
    Jun-08 283,811 271,638
    Jul-08 288,838 275,169
    Aug-08 295,413 277,221
    Sep-08 299,751 280,264
    Oct-08 306,706 283,321
    Nov-08 311,676 285,209
    Dec-08 318,289 287,438
    Jan-09 322,250 293,416
    Feb-09 327,250 296,377
    Mar-09 331,208 302,364
    Apr-09 336,051 305,127
    May-09 346,053 307,180
    Jun-09 359,973 306,980
    Jul-09 360,662 306,111
    Aug-09 364,542 305,191
    Sep-09 364,542 306,180
    Oct-09 350,450 308,485
    Nov-09 356,419 308,102
    Dec-09 361,238 309,715
    Jan-10 367,619 314,721
    Feb-10 371,014 315,106
    Mar-10 375,959 317,962
    Apr-10 381,111 317,787
    May-10 385,096 317,989
    Jun-10 389,726 318,421
    Jul-10 393,413 320,388
    Aug-10 397,378 323,220
    Sep-10 393,413 320,388
    Oct-10 397,378 353,220
    Nov-10 400,059 327,180
    Dec-10 403,220 330,001
    Jan-11 409,159 331,697
    Feb-11 412,503 334,019
    Mar-11 471,475 340,232
    Apr-11 420,602 341,906
    May-11 423,515 346,730
    Jun-11 430,469 349,524
    Jul-11 434,839 353,326
    Aug-11 437,999 357,770
    Sep-11 451,868 362,726
    Oct-11 466,163 366,854
    Nov-11 464,168 368,349
    Dec-11 468,864 370,233
    Jan-12 469,051 370,744
    Feb-12 467,390 371,575
    Mar-12 471,437 377,589
    Apr-12 472,799 378,749
    May-12 472,102 382,210
    Jun-12 477,031 383,118
    Jul-12 479,327 386,545
    Aug-12 474,948 386,235
    Sep-12 484,761 387,199
    Oct-12 487,867 388,276
    Nov-12 482,015 390,279
    Dec-12 494,594 394,851
    Jan-13 500,082 395,965
    Feb-13 510,434 397,453
    Mar-13 546,229 408,465
    Apr-13 521,345 411,928
    May-13 525,341 418,080
    Jun-13 537,413 424,657
    Jul-13 545,098 433,470
    Aug-13 552,977 435,670
    Sep-13 582,224 439,294
    Oct-13 583,806 438,681
    Nov-13 585,040 438,357
    Dec-13 590,416 441,425
    Jan-14 593,074 437,573
    Feb-14 594,603 439,677
    Mar-14 603,216 449,803
    Apr-14 605,909 446,959


    Along with the PMP, the CAPM has been a long term certification and its numbers have continued to grow as well.


    The data behind the chart:

    Date CAPM
    Sep-06 1,438
    Oct-06 1,546
    Nov-06 1,611
    Dec-06 1,828
    Jan-07 1,828
    Feb-07 2,102
    Mar-07 2,252
    Apr-07 2,390
    May-07 2,586
    Jun-07 2,714
    Jul-07 2,872
    Aug-07 3,051
    Sep-07 3,215
    Oct-07 3,366
    Nov-07 3,601
    Dec-07 3,799
    Jan-08 3,988
    Feb-08 4,229
    Mar-08 4,410
    Apr-08 4,695
    May-08 4,971
    Jun-08 5,196
    Jul-08 5,196
    Aug-08 5,708
    Sep-08 5,892
    Oct-08 6,151
    Nov-08 6,428
    Dec-08 6,729
    Jan-09 6,963
    Feb-09 7,207
    Mar-09 7,455
    Apr-09 7,795
    May-09 8,139
    Jun-09 8,139
    Jul-09 9,126
    Aug-09 9,412
    Sep-09 9,619
    Oct-09 9,787
    Nov-09 10,003
    Dec-09 10,263
    Jan-10 10,444
    Feb-10 10,678
    Mar-10 10,970
    Apr-10 11,234
    May-10 11,458
    Jun-10 11,785
    Jul-10 12,111
    Aug-10 12,367
    Sep-10 12,111
    Oct-10 12,367
    Nov-10 12,565
    Dec-10 12,729
    Jan-11 12,925
    Feb-11 13,272
    Mar-11 13,464
    Apr-11 13,678
    May-11 13,969
    Jun-11 14,197
    Jul-11 14,465
    Aug-11 14,781
    Sep-11 15,129
    Oct-11 15,423
    Nov-11 15,695
    Dec-11 15,938
    Jan-12 16,159
    Feb-12 16,491
    Mar-12 16,687
    Apr-12 16,939
    May-12 17,268
    Jun-12 17,568
    Jul-12 17,924
    Aug-12 18,227
    Sep-12 18,591
    Oct-12 18,888
    Nov-12 19,201
    Dec-12 19,542
    Jan-13 19,849
    Feb-13 20,157
    Mar-13 20,447
    Apr-13 20,700
    May-13 20,993
    Jun-13 21,397
    Jul-13 21,915
    Aug-13 22,946
    Sep-13 23,560
    Oct-13 23,699
    Nov-13 23,793
    Dec-13 23,949
    Jan-14 24,196
    Feb-14 24,450
    Mar-14 24,646
    Apr-14 24,789


    The other certifications that were created in the past few years are outlined here.


    The data:

    May-10 421 357 320
    Jun-10 436 393 327
    Jul-10 447 419 341
    Aug-10 460 447 357
    Sep-10 447 419 341
    Oct-10 460 447 357
    Nov-10 478 483 369
    Dec-10 492 516 377
    Jan-11 502 538 387
    Feb-11 511 588 408
    Mar-11 521 622 418
    Apr-11 530 677 426
    May-11 553 741 440
    Jun-11 561 486 451
    Jul-11 575 826 466
    Aug-11 584 884 474
    Sep-11 599 943 494
    Oct-11 606 983 502
    Nov-11 625 1,040 524
    Dec-11 637 1,083 544
    Jan-12 654 1,119 562
    Feb-12 678 1,195 578
    Mar-12 728 1,243 589 542
    Apr-12 774 1,280 611 549
    May-12 771 1,323 632 655
    Jun-12 774 1,372 633 758
    Jul-12 775 1,423 654 892
    Aug-12 787 1,472 672 999
    Sep-12 793 1,529 694 1,141
    Oct-12 805 1,576 720 1,297
    Nov-12 808 1,626 737 1,416
    Dec-12 864 1,696 764 1,611
    Jan-13 823 1,732 780 1,835
    Feb-13 834 1,805 809 2,063
    Mar-13 850 1,864 826 2,276
    Apr-13 852 1,918 846 2,461
    May-13 865 1,969 871 2,635
    Jun-13 875 8,033 893 2,858
    Jul-13 898 2,116 911 3,056
    Aug-13 914 2,222 948 3,249
    Sep-13 939 2,334 981 3,468
    Oct-13 967 2,519 1,037 3,691
    Nov-13 969 2,512 1,033 3,893
    Dec-13 977 2,512 1,033 4,132
    Jan-14 985 2,507 1,036 4,366
    Feb-14 995 2,584 1,090 4,641
    Mar-14 1,004 2,617 1,109 4,825
    Apr-14 1,014 2,638 1,118 5,008


    And, although they stopped giving this information, I always found it interesting to determine how many new members were coming in and how many were leaving.  This may or may not be an indicator of the organizational health or relevance but it is a good trend line to watch.  So, here is the monthly “new members” listing from September, 2006, to December, 2012.



    Once again, the numbers:

    Date New members
    Sep-06 4,025
    Oct-06 3,225
    Nov-06 3,224
    Dec-06 4,301
    Jan-07 3,330
    Feb-07 3,468
    Mar-07 5,635
    Apr-07 3,776
    May-07 3,844
    Jun-07 4,232
    Jul-07 3,949
    Aug-07 4,071
    Sep-07 3,909
    Oct-07 4,018
    Nov-07 4,509
    Dec-07 4,767
    Jan-08 3,213
    Feb-08 3,773
    Mar-08 3,797
    Apr-08 3,989
    May-08 3,613
    Jun-08 4,380
    Jul-08 4,651
    Aug-08 4,358
    Sep-08 4,070
    Oct-08 4,568
    Nov-08 4,500
    Dec-08 6,109
    Jan-09 4,605
    Feb-09 4,305
    Mar-09 5,000
    Apr-09 6,021
    May-09 8,419
    Jun-09 13,920
    Jul-09 689
    Aug-09 2,770
    Sep-09 3,100
    Oct-09 3,102
    Nov-09 3,726
    Dec-09 5,403
    Jan-10 3,714
    Feb-10 3,713
    Mar-10 5,344
    Apr-10 4,718
    May-10 3,985
    Jun-10 4,630
    Jul-10 3,687
    Aug-10 3,965
    Sep-10 8,142
    Oct-10 9,245
    Nov-10 9,719
    Dec-10 9,624
    Jan-11 8,502
    Feb-11 7,803
    Mar-11 11,159
    Apr-11 9,750
    May-11 11,681
    Jun-11 11,372
    Jul-11 12,309
    Aug-11 12,410
    Sep-11 12,265
    Oct-11 10,681
    Nov-11 9,204
    Dec-11 10,013
    Jan-12 8,672
    Feb-12 7,759
    Mar-12 11,034
    Apr-12 10,485
    May-12 13,410
    Jun-12 10,742
    Jul-12 11,662
    Aug-12 9,539
    Sep-12 11,013
    Oct-12 10,885
    Nov-12 10,786
    Dec-12 14,562


    Since they stopped giving new membership information, I went ahead and did some math behind the monthly number of memberships overall to see the overall trendline.  It is great to know the number of new members, but if the number of members leaving is greater than the number of new members, then that might be concerning.  In looking at the data, there must have been some data scrubbing done in October and November 2010 as those two months are wildly out of the normal data distribution.



    And, the data:

    Date Monthly Change
    Sep-06 ———
    Oct-06 3,955
    Nov-06 3,412
    Dec-06 2,698
    Jan-07 5,393
    Feb-07 1,931
    Mar-07 4,115
    Apr-07 1,694
    May-07 3,330
    Jun-07 1,709
    Jul-07 1,571
    Aug-07 758
    Sep-07 283
    Oct-07 3,644
    Nov-07 2,064
    Dec-07 1,768
    Jan-08 5,480
    Feb-08 1,286
    Mar-08 4,038
    Apr-08 2,251
    May-08 2,711
    Jun-08 2,180
    Jul-08 3,531
    Aug-08 2,052
    Sep-08 3,043
    Oct-08 3,057
    Nov-08 1,888
    Dec-08 2,229
    Jan-09 5,978
    Feb-09 2,961
    Mar-09 5,987
    Apr-09 2,763
    May-09 2,053
    Jun-09 -200
    Jul-09 -869
    Aug-09 -920
    Sep-09 989
    Oct-09 2,305
    Nov-09 -383
    Dec-09 1,613
    Jan-10 5,006
    Feb-10 385
    Mar-10 2,856
    Apr-10 -175
    May-10 202
    Jun-10 432
    Jul-10 1,967
    Aug-10 2,832
    Sep-10 -2,832
    Oct-10 32,832
    Nov-10 -26,040
    Dec-10 2,821
    Jan-11 1,696
    Feb-11 2,322
    Mar-11 6,213
    Apr-11 1,674
    May-11 4,824
    Jun-11 2,794
    Jul-11 3,802
    Aug-11 4,444
    Sep-11 4,956
    Oct-11 4,128
    Nov-11 1,495
    Dec-11 1,884
    Jan-12 511
    Feb-12 831
    Mar-12 6,014
    Apr-12 1,160
    May-12 3,461
    Jun-12 908
    Jul-12 3,427
    Aug-12 -310
    Sep-12 964
    Oct-12 1,077
    Nov-12 2,003
    Dec-12 4,572
    Jan-13 1,114
    Feb-13 1,488
    Mar-13 11,012
    Apr-13 3,463
    May-13 6,152
    Jun-13 6,577
    Jul-13 8,813
    Aug-13 2,200
    Sep-13 3,624
    Oct-13 -613
    Nov-13 -324
    Dec-13 3,068
    Jan-14 -3,852
    Feb-14 2,104
    Mar-14 10,126
    Apr-14 -2,844
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