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The fourth edition of the AMA Handbook of Project Management has just hit bookshelves and I’m very proud to say that I am one of the collaborators.  I have been in the handbook since it’s first release and have been privileged to write the chapter on Enterprise Project Management.  As I’ve done for each edition, I’ve edited and updated the chapter to be more relevant to the evolving world of project management and rewrote sections…

It’s been a crazily busy time at HMS the last few weeks.  We’ve welcome a wave of new clients, started big initiatives with some existing clients and of course there’s no stop to the regular work load.  Amongst our biggest news is the release of TimeControl 6.7. I had always known that this last wave of removing ActiveX components from TimeControl would be the most challenging.  There were so many things under the surface that…

I just finished a great week at Collaborate14, the Orace Application Users Group conference where I was asked to speak about the Benefits of the As-Built Schedule.  Despite being in the very last speaking slot of the conference in the Primavera track, there were a number of die-hard fans who attended. For those who were there or those who missed the conference, the slides can be downloaded at: www.epmguidance.com/resources/The_As-Built_Schedule.pdf.  The Excel spreadsheet I used for…

Yes, TimeControl is no longer a teenager!  It’s HMS Software’s 30th Anniversary (We’re now 30-something) and TimeControl is now 20. HMS Software was founded in 1984 and we’ll be celebrating all year with contests, give-aways and images from our ancient past and just to get things started, here’s something nostalgic.  Yes, this is a video of TimeControl 1.0.1, the first version of TimeControl released to market in January of 1994. Click the image on the…

It’s been a busy but great 4 weeks.  First, we received a couple of fabulous testimonials at HMS from our clients.  ASL Environmental Sciences sent the first one.  They’re an Oceanographic specialist based in western Canada.  Then another great letter comes in from ESI Inc. of Tennessee.  Both are delighted clients and that makes our day around here. I got a chance to meet with the PMI Central Illinois Chapter and talk about Data Mining. …

Many of us have heard of the concept of a Project Maturity Model but what about our systems? This article extends the concept originally created by Carnegie Mellon to the Project Management Systems Maturity Model. Should you deploy all aspects of your project management system on the first day? Probably not.

The most common practices of purchasing enterprise solution software are often the least effective. This article talks about how to avoid the pitfalls of commodity purchasing when selecting enterprise systems and how to create a purchasing RFP that has the best chance of solving your business problems.

Resource management is the most popular reason organizations will switch from individual project management to enterprise project management so you’d think that would mean we’d have an extensive playbook on how to get the very best resource management out of such systems.
If only.