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Bright Ideas and Concepts

Project Management Consulting and Professional Development

Valerie Colber, MBA, SCPM, PMP

P.O. Box 6097, Moraga, CA 94570


BA Mathematics and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley

MBA Executive Business Administration, Saint Mary's College

Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

Stanford University Advanced Project Management (SCPM) Certification


Information Technology professional with over 30 years experience, 20 years of which in project management. College Professor. Over 10 years teaching experience.

Project, Program, and Portfolio Management. A versatile, highly customer focused, results-oriented, problem solver, who delivers projects within scope, budget, on time.

Professional Organizations:

Member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Supplier Clearinghouse for the Utility Supplier Diversity Program of the California Public Utilities Commission certified that it has audited and verified the eligibility of Bright Ideas and Concepts of Moraga, CA as a WBE pursuant to Commission General Order 156.


Project Management consulting

Project Manager

Program Manager

Project planning

On the job demonstration of PMI's best practices, tools & techniques

Turn around failed projects

Project Management Professional Development

(customized onsite professional development available upon request)


PMP Prep

Project Management Fundamentals

Making Project Management Best Practices Work

Project Management for Executives and Senior Management:

How to support and get the most out of your project managers and make project management work best at your company

How to achieve organizational goals and objectives and turn business strategy into business results through portfolio and program and project management

Brochure and more info on our services

Advanced Project Management Professional Development

What do the best project managers do?

Portfolio Management

Program Management

Leadership and the successful Manager

Building A High Performance Team

Planning that gets things done

Constructive Communication

Political Savvy

Risk Management

Quality Management

Financial Navigation and Earned Value Management

What is Project Management? “Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project. Project management is comprised of five Project Management Process Groups – Initiating Processes, Planning Processes, Executing Processes, Monitoring and Controlling Processes, and Closing Processes – as well as nine Knowledge Areas. These nine Knowledge Areas center on management expertise in Project Integration Management, Project Scope Management, Project Time Management, Project Cost Management, Project Quality Management, Project Human Resources Management, Project Communications Management, Project Risk Management and Project Procurement Management.”—A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

Why project management? One of the fastest growing business and professional methods in organizations worldwide, project management is widely accepted as the best approach for bringing a degree of certainty in a modern, fast paced business environment. Name one piece of hardware or software or any major accomplishment or innovation that has ever been developed that wasn't a project. You can't. More and more today, companies expect their technical and business professionals to not only get the work done, but to plan and run the project that produces those results. Even if you do not plan on a career in computer science, information technology, or as a project manager, these skills learned in project management will serve you in the corporate and business world, no matter where your career takes you.

What is PMI? With more than 240,000 members in over 160 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading membership association for the project management profession. PMI is actively engaged in advocacy for the profession, setting professional standards, conducting research and providing access to a wealth of information and resources. PMI also promotes career and professional development and offers certification, networking and community involvement opportunities. The Project Management Institute was founded in 1969 and for more than 36 years, PMI has advanced the careers of practitioners who have made project management indispensable in achieving business results. PMI's professional certifications (CAPM, PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP) are recognized world-wide in over 120 different countries. PMI's certifications are an indication of not only the person's skills and knowledge of the practices, tools, and techniques of project management, but the expectation that these project management professionals can practice professional project management in any company, any industry, any country in the world!

Life without a project management professional means:

What does it take to become a certified Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP)? PMI credentials establish your dedication to and proficiency in the project management profession. When you earn a PMI credential, you gain distinction and recognition in a growing community of project management practitioners. To obtain a credential, you must satisfy educational and professional experience requirements, demonstrate your ability to apply your project management knowledge to situations and scenario-based questions in the examination, and in the case of the PgMP, successfully complete two additional evaluations. For more specific details on the PMI PMP certification exam, please download the PMI PMP Handbook in PDF format, or any of the other certifications handbooks, from web site under the Career Development section, under the Certification & Credentials sub-menu.

Unfortunately we are mostly surrounded by poor examples of project management on the job, and most project managers at most companies are not practicing everything that PMI defines as a project manager's responsibilities, nor what PMI considers to be the essential project management fundamentals and best practices. No matter how much on the job project manager or project related experience you believe you have, DO NOT be mislead or mistakenly believe that you can merely join a study group or do self-study and/or just read the PMI PMBOK, and you will somehow be prepared to pass the PMI PMP certification exam! Passing the PMI PMP certification exam requires at least 35 concentrated hours of specialized and focused professional development from qualified and experienced instructors that explain in great detail all of PMI's terminology, concepts, methodologies, project roles and responsibilities, best practices, tools, knowledge areas, process groups, and professional and social responsibility from PMI's perspective. Preparing for the PMI PMP certification exam involves not only knowing how to apply all this critical information on the job everyday, but also how to take this particular exam, and how to study for it. The PMI PMP certification exam will be very challenging and different from any other exam you have ever taken before. If you ask PMI what books you ought to read, the list of books would be long and many, requiring months of reading, but reading alone will not get you prepared.

To really determine if you are ready to undertake preparing for the PMI PMP certification exam, and to distinguish between educational providers that help you prepare to take the PMI PMP certification exam, ask yourself these questions:

Course cost is not a measure of how valuable or worthwhile a course is!

What our clients say:

"I don't think I would have passed the PMI PMP certification exam without your course!"--Bruce C.

"I want to thank you so very much for a valuable experience by taking your PMI PMP prep course. I know I would be struggling a great deal without taking this course if I had to study on my own."--Kelly W.

"Taking your PMI PMP Prep class was definitely a great help, so thank you for your help & support in guiding us."--Lisa V.

"I was very excited when I passed the exam. Thank you for helping us get prepared."--Akemi L.

"Your PMI PMP Prep course was instrumental in getting me on the proper studying track. I think you provide great value in steering us in the right direction in preparation for the exam."--Vik A.

"Thanks again for offering the PMI PMP Prep class that led to the foundation that I needed to passing the exam!!"--Maria B.

"Thanks for teaching such a great PMI PMP Prep course! Without this course, I don't think I could pass the PMP Exam!"--Wendy C.

"I passed the PMI PMP certification exam with proficient scores in all topics!"--Yogesh M.

"Admittedly, the PMP Certification exam is the hardest exam I have ever taken. Thanks for all your instruction and test taking tips. The testing tips really help me stay focus in preparing to take the exam and during the actual exam."--Danita H.

"Thanks for all your help. I’m sure it would have taken much longer without going through your PMI PMP Prep class."--Lin T.

"I wanted to let you know I passed the PMP this morning! Hard to weight each percentage but I think it's safe to say I scored 85-90%. Needless to say, your PMI PMP Prep course was invaluable."--Mark F.

"Your PMI PMP Prep class played a vital role in helping me prepare for the exam, so thank you very much!"--Suzanne L.

" I just want to let you know that I just passed the PMP exam last Friday on my first try. Thank you very much on showing me how to study for this exam."--Jeanny C.

"I wanted to inform you that I appeared for and successfully cleared my PMP examination yesterday. A big Thanks to the very HIGH QUALITY training you provided! Thank you very much."--Joseph A.

"Thanks a lot for teaching such a fantastic class. It was so resourceful and some of the comments you made stuck in my head. All the real life examples that you gave during the class were very helpful to me. The exam tips also helped. I learned a lot of things that I will remember forever."--Shital U.

*** Announcements ***


PMI® Announces Release Date for New PMP® Examination

On October 6th of 2010, The Project Management Institute (PMI) notified PMI Registered Education Providers that based on an extensive Role Delineation Study, the role of the Project Manager has changed—and the PMP® examination must be updated.

What is the Release Date of the New Exam? As announced in PMI's October 6th communication to the Registered Education Provider (REP) Community, a new version of the PMP® exam will be placed into worldwide use for any and all PMI® credential examinations taken on or after August 31st, 2011.

Is this New Exam a Result of Changes to The PMBOK® Guide? No. Exam takers should continue to reference A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge—Fourth Edition (2008) until a new PMBOK® Guide is released, sometime in 2012.

Will There Be Significant Differences Between the Existing Exam and the New One? Yes. According to PMI, approximately 30% of the PMP exam content will change as a result of new or substantial changes to reflect the project manager's role as defined by the recent study. Changes to the exam will be implemented through existing items being updated as appropriate, new examination items being developed to meet these requirements, and old items that do not meet the criteria being retired. Also, certain areas of the examination will be tested in a different way because an existing domain was seen to be common across all content areas of the examination. Specifically, the Professional and Social Responsibility content area (Domain 6) will now be tested in every domain, rather than as a separate domain on the examination.

Will There Be Changes to the Eligibility Criteria, Application Process, or Passing Score? According to PMI, the education and experience requirements that define the eligibility for the existing PMP examination remain appropriate and will not be changed. However, PMI did not address changes to the passing score in its communication with the REP community.

What Am I Supposed to Do Now? Although PMI is planning on changing approximately 30% of the PMP® examination, these changes will NOT be effective until August 31st of 2011. Therefore, any PMP candidates planning to sit for the exam before August 31st of 2011 must continue to use currently available, non-updated materials. It is recommended that PMP candidates sit for the CURRENT version of the exam if it is possible to do so, to avoid any new exam-related issues that may occur.


Got PMI® PMP® or PMI® CAPM® certification?

The next opportunity to take my highly rate course developed and taught for the past decade by Valerie Colber, MBA, PMP, SCPM, has successfully made it possible for most people who are committed to doing what they need to do to become PMI certified in project management (either PMI PMP or PMI CAPM, depending on which certification you are qualified for) is going to be 5 Fridays in July 2011. July 1,8,15,22,29, 2011 (5 weeks, 1 day per week 8:30AM-5:30PM class time plus studying/activities outside of class). Project Management Fundamentals-PMI PMP/CAPM Prep course --This highly rated, updated course has been taught since 2002 in an intimate learning environment for more meaningful and interactive professional development, and covers all the following with lectures, exercises, hands-on practice, testing, teams, and is recommended for beginning project managers, experienced project managers, technical leads, project resources, senior management with a large investment in project managers and projects, and PMP's who were certified prior to 2009 and are not up to date on the current PMI PMBOK Guide, and want to earn up to 40 PDUs (must fully participate during and outside of class on a team and complete all exercises and activities):

This college level 40 hour (in class) plus preparation in between classes course will more than fulfill your education requirement for the PMI PMP or CAPM exam application (if you fully attend), but in the shortest possible time (requires discipline on your part). Everything we do and practice in this course is like on a real job. The cost is $999 plus the cost of 2 textbooks.

Special 2 for 1 Offer! Register now with someone else, and email the names of the 2 people who are registering together to receive a refund of half off your registration fees.

To register, click on the BUY NOW button. Be sure to include your contact email and phone number to receive further course information. Please tell your friends and colleagues because the course can fill quickly so act now!


Attention all project managers and anyone involved in projects! You are invited to join a free Linked-In Group "Everything Project Management" to network with your fellow project managers, have discussions, ask questions, find jobs, and share information and best practices. This is also the first place to hear important announcements. Go to, join Linked-In for free, find "Everything Project Management" in Groups, and request to join that group.


Bright Ideas and Concepts goes LIVE and INTERACTIVE on-line!

How will I attend class? Joining each class on a PC or Mac is easy. When you complete registration, you will receive a training email invitation, click the registration link and register for the session. You can then join the training session at the scheduled time by clicking the link in your confirmation or reminder emails, which will be automatically sent to you after registering and leading up to the training session. You do not need to pre-install any software prior to joining the training session.

Will it be just like as if I am in a classroom with the instructor? YES!!! This is LIVE INTERACTIVE professional development. Everything you can do in a classroom can be done using the telecommunications technology and education applications, including participating in class like "raising your hand" to ask or answer questions, just like in a classroom. The instructor and all participants will be talking live and you will be able to see what is on the instructor's computer and use other tools to participate in your course or workshop. No more commuting to the classroom because its right there using your computer, Internet, and telephone. Easy access to more materials and testing will also be on-line!

What are the system requirements for attending a training session? On a PC Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled) Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista or Windows 7 Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection Minimum of Pentium class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista) Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers. (A headset (USB) with microphone is recommended.) On a Mac Safari 3.0 or newer, Firefox 3.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled) Mac OS X 10.4 or newer – Tiger , Leopard and Snow Leopard PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended) Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection

Request a course or workshop! click to email what course or workshop you are interested in and timeframe:

*** Current Engagements ***

LMC Office time: at computer lab 30 minutes prior to class or during course lab time and by email.

Los Mendanos College Summer 2011 Semester:

Mondays LMC CO-103 6:00P-9:35P COMSC-040-4266


DVC Office time: at classroom 30 minutes prior to class or during course lab time and by email.

Diablo Valley College Fall 2011 Semester:

Mondays DVC ATC-109 9:30A-11:00A COMSC-110-3125

Tuesdays DVC ATC-109 7:00P-9:50P COMSC-100-8268

Online COMSC-100-5062

Online COMSC-110-5050

Online COMSC-110-5078


LPC office time: in Lab room 803 30 minutes prior to class and by email.

Las Positas College Fall 2011 Semester:

Tuesdays LPC 202 11:00A-12:15P CIS-50-20062

Thursdays LPC 202 11:00A-12:15P CIS-50-20062

Thursdays LPC 805 7:00P-9:50P CIS-59C-22271

*** Reference Links ***

Las Positas College
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Stanford University Advanced Project Management Program
Project Management knowledge Base
Project Management Bookstore

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