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Ira Brown's leadership and people skills are outstanding and a key reason for his successes.

– Hans J. Gugger, Project Management Consultant

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Each year, Microsoft hosts an event for Microsoft Project partners and customers called the "Project Technical Briefing" (PTB). About eight years ago, a tradition started that has since been repeated at almost every PTB that has been held since.

It turns out that Ira Brown, the founder and president of Project Widgets, also performs in a musical comedy group called the Nuclear Fish. On a fateful day at a PTB many years ago, Ira decided to merge his day and night job together, and performed a humorous song about Microsoft Project that made quite a hit with the crowd.

At nearly every PTB event since then, Ira has been asked to take to the stage once again for a new musical "ribbing" of our favorite project management software package.

Project Widgets has made these songs available for your enjoyment on their web site, and there's even a video you can watch from the 2004 Project Technical Briefing. Who says you can't have a little fun with project management?



(click on the CD above to sing along!)

Project 12
(to the tune of "Penny Lane" by John Lennon & Paul McCartney)


In Project 12 there is a browser showing OLAP graphs,
With every measure we've the pleasure to know,
Though our enthusiasm overflows,
We must not disclose,

In the beta there's a window with an hourglass,
It often locks up showing portrait on the screen,
And calendar exceptions are now named,
But not in Exchange, very strange,

Chorus:
PROJECT 12 IS REALLY GRAND, HOW IT ENCHANTS,
THERE BENEATH THE BLUE FAMILIAR GANTTS, NOW 3D MEANWHILE BACK,

Project Web now uses SharePoint for its interface,
Now I can make a simple project on the web,
And performance won't go down the tubes,
When I build my cubes,

Chorus
PROJECT 12 IS QUITE THE HIT, IT'S VERY CLEAR,
MIKE* MAY BE THE NEXT "MAN OF THE YEAR", COULD HAPPEN, MEANWHILE BACK,

Now I can organize my projects into programs,
And I can filter them with endless custom fields,
And my projects will save in a flash, using Local Cache,

"Project 12 is smarter" raves another customer,
And we've got multi-level undo here at last,
And that concludes my Project song this year,
Some things never change, very strange,

Chorus
PROJECT 12 IS ON A ROLL, IT REALLY ROCKS,
HOTTER THAN THE CIRCUITS IN XBOX, IT'S SMOKIN', MEANWHILE BACK,

PROJECT 12, LATEST AND GREATEST ON THE SCENE,
WONDER WHAT IS LEFT FOR "P THIRTEEN",
PROJECT 12.

* (Refers to Michael Angiulo, General Manager of the Microsoft Project Business Unit)
 
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