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How many years have you been managing projects?
Do you hold a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification?
Where do you have experience managing projects?
Manufacturing, Technology
Are you currently employed?
Who is your current employer? If currently unemployed, who was your last employer?
The Solarity Group
About me
Bud Ratliff serves as President of The Solarity Group, which provides training and consulting on project management for the Kentuckiana region (www.solarity.com). An author of several books for Microsoft Press, Bud is also passionate about making a difference in his community, and is co-founder of the Lexington Microsoft Users Group (www.lexmug.com), serves as President of the Bluegrass PMI Chapter board, was a Steering Committee member for the Kentucky International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP) chapter, is a Leadership Lexington alumni and often speaks in the community about project management, technology and business.

He has an extensive background as a Systems Engineer and trainer, working with local customers such as Toyota and Brown-Forman. His training and experience as a Project Manager gives him the unique ability to understand the processes and technology required to implement successful projects. Bud has delivered many Project Management practitioner and certification classes, and trained Microsoft Partners across the United States, Mexico, and Brazil on how to envision, plan, implement, and manage Enterprise Project Management solutions.

For his work in helping the Project Management community, Microsoft selected Bud as one of their Most Valuable Professionals in Microsoft Project from 2007-2010.

Bud holds the highest systems engineer (MCSE) and training (MCT) certifications from Microsoft, the Project+ certification from CompTIA, and earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute
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Keeping Project Management Simple

How Do You Keep PM Simple?

How do you manage projects when you don't have time to manage projects?

I wrote a post about this situation, ending with this advice:

When you have something to get done and you don’t have time to do all that…


Posted on September 12, 2018 at 9:00am

Executive Sponsorship’s Influence on Project Success

How important is an effective Executive Sponsor to a project’s success? 

The Project Management Institute (PMI) recently addressed this question in its Pulse of the Profession In-depth Report, and its findings were striking. Executive sponsors can be key to the success or failure of a company...…


Posted on December 28, 2014 at 7:01pm

New PMBOK and standards for Program and Portfolio Management

In January 2013 new versions of the PMBOK(r) Guide & the Standards for Program and Portfolio Management. PMI members can download read-only PDF versions free.
See this link for more information.

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 5:44pm

Statistics of Interest as of 29 February 2012

PMI membership is 378,749 – an overall increase of 10.8% for the year

Total Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holders: 472,799

Total Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® credential holders: 16,939

Total Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential holders: 774

Total Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® credential holders: 611

Total Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® credential holders: 1,280

Total… Continue

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 8:33pm

Two Project Manager Jobs Available at Humana

There are two positions available for the right person at Humana Health Care. If you are interested, and fit the criteria below, please email your name and contact information to Audra Finney at afinney@humana.com.


Role: Product Development Project Manager

Assignment: Product Development, Commercial

Location: Louisville or Green Bay, WI

Are you a fit?

Are you an…


Posted on May 12, 2011 at 7:30pm

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At 1:59pm on March 4, 2019, Semon Haines said…

Thank you

At 9:01am on October 23, 2012, Katie Teets said…

Thank you for welcoming me. I look forward to learning more about how I can obtain my PMP. I truly am looking for guidance on how to begin. 

At 10:19am on March 9, 2011, William Rademacher said…
Thanks, glad to be here

At 8:01am on March 9, 2011, Jim Stickler said…



Thank you for the introductory this morning. I look forward to networking with other local PM's and learning from their experiences. Have a great day!




At 11:35am on February 10, 2011, Lisa Mendyk said…
Actually, both. I would like an introductory course but I also want to pursue certification in Scrum Master. I see that becoming more and more relevant in PM work.
At 2:38pm on February 9, 2011, Lisa Mendyk said…
Thanks much, Bud! I saw your message about the risk management course and wonder if there are any courses available for Agile or Scrum.
At 10:45pm on February 1, 2011, Deborah Hall Henderson said…
Thank you Bud!  I'm excited to become a member and look forward to sharing and gaining knowledge.  :-)
At 11:54pm on December 15, 2010, Jim Shelton said…


At 4:18pm on October 25, 2010, Ann Butler said…
Thank you Bud! Currently, I am mainly working on support. I am in the midst of transitioning from one team to another. I've worked on PeopleSoft Financials and other financial projects in the past. Now I am moving into the world of Web Applications.
At 12:47pm on October 21, 2010, Greg Tinnell said…
Thaks Bud....it is great to be back.....Greg Tinnell

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