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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…

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…