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Not every organization has a Chief Project Officer but it’s a movement that is gathering momentum. When the economy is challenging, organizations take a newfound look at how projects can be managed and it is perhaps no surprise that many large companies have decided this can be best done when there is a coordinated approach that starts at the top. This article looks at the benefits of having an executive in the boardroom who will champion the project management cause.

Over the years, one of the most challenging changes to the success of project management software has been the lack of training and training materials that are included in any deployment. I wrote about this time ago in an article entitled “Batteries not included”. Organizations used to allocate a portion of their implementation budget to training and, as the price of project management software has dropped to a fraction of it used to cost in…

I’m not sure how we managed to delete it but I have re-added the ability to search through the site.  The way we’ve organized the EPMGuidance.com site, every new article, or addition to the site is associated with a blog post which points to it.  So, using Search will list all blog posts which meet the search criteria.  The links from the post to the appropriate page within the site brings you to what you’re…

One of the biggest and earliest challenges in implementing enterprise project management is defining the benefits to management. Talking about epm system features or the intricacies of your project management process is of little interest to management unless you can tie it to how this will impact the organization overall. This article looks at how to define the business benefits of epm.

There are so many articles and books on Enterprise Project Management but one of the first and biggest challenges comes when you discover that not everyone means the same thing by EPM. Each vendor, consultant and expert is colored by their experience and background. Making sure that everyone on your team is singing from the same hymn book when you’re starting an EPM project can make all the difference to success or failure.

I am continuing to add new tools and systems in the Systems Page.  In truth there’s no potential limit to the number of tools that I could end up listing here but given I had to do some research about tools this week for an article to be published shortly I thought I might as well include the results of my research. Read more…

I was asked lately how to find the great reports and dashboards that Microsoft shows in its sales demonstrations.  Happily, Microsoft makes those example files available online for anyone who has Project Server 2007.  The reports are based on Microsoft SQL Reporting Services which has a wide range of reporting functionality.  You could, for example, create reports which are scheduled to leave the report file in a particular area and then automatically send an email…

There is a movement afoot to promoted only centralized project management and you’d think you’d be most likely to hear that lecture on a site dedicated to enterprise project management like this one is. However, there’s nothing about the project management industry or the project management systems industry that makes centralized project management the ideal solution for every problem. Even here on EPM Guidance, we can come up with an argument for being more effective by having a de-centralized project management architecture. This article debunks the myth that only centralized project management is effective.