Commercial tools are not the only ones available for managing projects but do you have all the facts when you choose an open source tool for project management? Both commerical and open source tools may be a part of your pm environment but make sure you understand the total cost of ownership either way.
We tend to talk about project management systems as an end unto themselves but what help is there for automating or improving project manager’s soft skills? There’s lots. From training to aids and enablement systems, project managers should be aware of what can help them be a good leader, a good negotiator, a good collaborator and a good communicator.
So many people approach me to ask if the EPM system they saw in some demonstration last week will fix their enterprise project management challenges. “Do you have a PMO?” I always ask. The challenge of implementing an EPM system successfully comes with some presumed prerequisites. I’ve listed several in this article.
Here at HMS we’ve decided to publish a brand new blog that’s specific to our TimeControl timesheet software. The TimeControl blog is at blog.timecontrol.org and will include tips, techniques, frequently asked questions and other information about how to get the best out one of the best recognized and extensive timesheet systems in the world. Stop by the blog.timecontrol.org Blog to see what we’re doing there.
News out of Microsoft today that we’ve already seen here with at least one client. It seems that upgrading your Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) or Microsoft Project Server environments to SP2 results in your SharePoint environment being converted back into a Trial version. If not changed back, you may see a message saying that “the trial edition will expire in October 2009” or to some other date or even “trial edition has expired”. The…
Purchasing is such a routine of process and procedures in each organization that the effects of the process are rarely challenged. Well, we do so in this article on how standard purchasing practices are applied to the selection of enterprise project management software.
Systems: Planning for Project 2010 We’ve received and will continue to receive information from Microsoft on the upcoming release of Project and Project Server 2010. For those who are making plans to migrate to Project 2010 or who plan to deploy Project 2010, some of this information will enable you to make long term strategic or technical plans. Read more…
Microsoft has released an update to Project and Project Server 2007. The “April 2009 Cumulative Update (CU). Includes a number of changes that didn’t make it into Service Pack 2 which we’ve mentioned here previously. The links on our Project and Project Server Updates page include descriptions of what has been fixed in this update, instructions on how to apply the fixes and some best practices on how to deal with updates when they’re released. …
An amazing 40 million people use Excel for project management. That makes Excel the 2nd most popular tool for project management (after the pencil). When we think of enterprise project management tools should we be forgetting about this one? Read more in this article.
The hottest buzz in the project management industry over the last 10 years has to be the Project Management Maturity Model. This concept is an offshoot of the thinking at Carnegie Mellon on the Capability Maturity Model which has a huge following in the manufacturing sector. Increasing one’s assessment along the PMM model encourages organizations to be more formalized, more integrated and to create project management as a core process. That sounds great but is it great for every organization? This article discusses the concept.