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TechNet has my latest “From the Trenches” article.  Well, I say TechNet but in fact, Microsoft are hosting these articles on their main support.office.com site.  The article is called “We sell holes, not drills” and talks about one of my favorite subjects; making sure we deliver the solution not just the tool.  Is the tool delivered?  So what?  Is the problem fixed?  Great. You can read the article on Microsoft’s Office.com.

Well, it was a long time coming but we’ve finally completed a major overhaul of HMS Software’s web environment. Our websites are among the oldest in the world.  The company, HMS, has been around for 31 years and the original HMS Software website was established in the mid 1990’s just aver the release of the original Netscape browser. (remember Netscape?!)  There’s a picture of the website from 1998 or so (thanks to the Wayback machine).…

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with a web design firm and my own marketing people to change our web environment.  It’s been no casual decision.  HMS Software has one of the oldest web environments in the world.  We first started the site in the late 1980s when websites were just new to allowing graphics images.  Our first version had about 7 images including the logo and a half dozen menu buttons.  We…

We’ve been busy at HMS Software as we released TimeControl version 6.8 for both on-premises purchase and online subscription. It seems like just yesterday that we were shipping version 6.7 and all the new features there including the new Workflow module, the elimination of the last ActiveX controls and updated OnBoarding and Project Link functionality but here I am again with a major release of new functionality from our TimeControl team. In this version, we…

HMS Software’s President, Chris Vandersluis will be speaking once again at the Project Management Institute’s Global Congress. This year it’s in Phoenix Arizona at the end of October. Mr. Vandersluis’s topic this year is “Applying Agile Methodology to non-software Enterprise Projects”. If you will be attending the 2014 Global Congress, you will find information on the agenda and Mr. Vandersluis’ presentation at: PMI® Global Congress 2014—North America.

I’ve been writing for Microsoft’s TechNet website on the subject of enterprise project management.  You may have seen the column called “From the Trenches” which got going out of all those articles.  They have been available from the Microsoft Project and Project Server sections of TechNet.  Microsoft has decided to elevate all that writing to be available to a more general audience.  You can now find the From the Trenches column on Office.com.   Since not…

Ok, it’s a strange title for a blog post but so is the circumstance. I’ll be in Scottsdale, AZ (A suburb of Phoenix) at the end of September for the Hard Dollar Conference.  I’ll be co-presenting a paper with Erik Marthinsen, the President of BASEMETHOD of Calgary.  We’re speaking on how to solve sub-contract management challenges by using a combination of Hard Dollar’s HD PCM and TimeControl Industrial.  The Hard Dollar InEight Experience 2014 conference…

By: Chris Vandersluis I wrote an earlier version of this article for Microsoft’s TechNet.  This update has been created for the EPMGuidance site. In project management circles it is common to talk about matrix management. Matrix management isn’t anything new. It has been a management standard in most high-tech organizations. The idea of matrix management came out of management thinking in the early 70s. J.R. Galbraith published an article talking about how to combine organizational…

I am delighted to see another of my articles in the “From the Trenches” column on Microsoft’s TechNet.  I’ve been doing these pieces for the Microsoft Project technical area of the the TechNet website for a number of years and am very flattered that they continue to ask for them and, even better, publish them! The latest article is called Are we there yet? and describes my experiences with deploying enterprise systems like Microsoft Project…