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If projects were always predicable we wouldn’t need project managers. We’d just authorize the project based on what estimators had determined and then on the expected finish date, we’d pick up the completed project with the actual costs exactly meeting the projected costs. Sadly, that’s not the case. The work of project managers is so important because life is so unpredictable. In the face of almost everything challenging in our world, we have come to…

Thanks for your patience as we updated the EPMguidance site. Don’t worry. The blog is still there in its entirety but the site now reflects some of the other activities that we do. This isn’t a life change as I’m still the President of HMS, the publishers of TimeControl but now instead of spreading my other interests across multiple sites, I’ve been able to consolidate them here on the EPMGuidance site.

The EPMGuidance website is about to undergo some changes. You’ll find a new look and feel starting today and over the next few days we’ll be adding more changes as well. The main page will have several elements of services and other elements of my life that are relevant to some of my clients and followers. The blog posts will still be only a click away and we are not removing a single line of…

Several years ago I worked directly the Microsoft Project Team as part of their Enterprise Project Management Partner Advisory Council.  One topic that came up more than once during the 5 years I spent with the group was the impact of Excel on Project Management.  At the time Microsoft estimated that over 30 million copies of Microsoft Project were in use somewhere around the world.  Their own internal estimates were that over double that used…

Resource management is a subject that I lecture on often and, perhaps more interestingly, is a popular topic.  You might think that after all these years of the promotion of project management practices and tools that resource management would be an old and tired subject but apparently not so much. What is it that has solving resource management challenges be so difficult?  The first and most obvious answer is that we don’t all mean the…

I’ll be headed to Dallas tomorrow (May 17) to speak at the Dallas PMI Chapter’s Symposium.  I’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects, how to increase resource capacity without hiring.  It’s always a pleasure to speak with people who have similar business challenges about how to overcome them and I learn something new every time I get to engage in one of these dialogs. Aside from my speaking opportunities, there are more articles…

It’s been a busy time around here.  Aside from a may product release at HMS as we launched TimeControl 7.3, I’ve had some other activities underway.  This week I was delighted to be able to do a talk with the ProjectSummit*Business Analyst World conference in Orlando.  I do some volunteer time with the advisory board of the PW*BA conference.  I’ve been associated to ProjectWorld since the very first conference ever in Toronto over 20 years…

“Can your system help us? We have two distinct groups.” This is a remarkably common request here at HMS. In our case we’re talking about how to take care of timesheet collection for multiple groups using our TimeControl timesheet system but the request is common to many project management environments.  This comes up whenever we have multiple groups trying to use the same project control environment. From one perspective, there are many benefits to grouping…

There are a number of articles and some soon-to-publish in the works for EPMGuidance but I thought I’d share some writing that has appeared elsewhere.  Last month Canada’s largest national newspaper the Globe and Mail asked me to contribute a piece to their Leadership Lab.  The article discusses how a niche business like my own HMS Software has been able to be so successful at having clients many times our size.  Since we started in…

As followers of the blog know, I do some volunteer work with the ProjectWorld*Business Analyst World Orlando Advisory Board.  I’ve been involved with Project World since its creation 21 years ago and have been privileged to speak at many of the conferences.  I will be speaking again at the Orlando Summit which will be from April 16-18, 2018.  If you are interested in attending the conference, early registration discounts are available until February 10 at:  https://www.pmbaconferences.com/orlando/registration.html?utm_source=PMBA_ORL&utm_medium=Pop_up&utm_campaign=PSBAORL18-10. I look forward to meeting some…