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There’s lots of talk lately about the project management maturity model but this principle can also be applied to project management systems and software. This article looks at how an organization’s use of project management systems matures over time and how it follows a common pattern in most organizations.

One of the most common requests I get in the project and portfolio mangement software industry is to help find a tool that will be different things for different people.  There is so much of an organization somehow tied to the project management process that this is perhaps not a big surprise. Executives would love a simple dashboard but not just a dashboard that provides a pretty picture that they are then impotent to do…

Project management is only one challenge in managing a project with multiple projects. Everything we do for one project, we must consider among many. Which projects should get priority, which projects should get resources first, which projects are prerequisites for other projects. How do executives determine the priorities among projects and what happens when they won’t?

The Microsof Office Project Support blog is reporting an issue that has appeared for users of Project Server 2007, Service Pack 2 and its connectivity to Project Professional when trying to update the Enterprise Global settings.  There is a fix in the pipeline which should see the light of day in August which we will report to you here.  There is both a description of the problem and Microsoft’s suggested workaround. Description: The problem and…

After some time thinking about it, I’m changing the look and feel of the front page of the blog.  Originally I’d envisaged a website where the blog would be a less prominent aspect of the entire site but as time moves forward, I can see that in fact searching for information on the blog will be easier if I just get on the horse in the direction it’s heading and that’s with the blog as…

You’d think that project management professionals within an organization would be the biggest asset in an enterprise project management deployment. Surprisingly, it’s not always so. Sometimes knowing how it used to work is a barrier to seeing the latest in methodology, technology and best practices.

I’ve been in a lot of corporate meetings lately discussing various aspects of delivering an “integrated” project management environment.  Don’t get me wrong, a corporate-wide integrated system is a wonderful thing to desire.  There’s no doubt that the idea of pushing a button on a screen and finding that every element of data across the company is tied to every other element in just such a way that the answers I desire are immediately available…

Are you baselining?  I know, it sounds like some drug-related crime, doesn’t it?  It’s actually one of the most fundamental aspects of modern project management and a stunning percentage of project managers don’t do it.  So this month I thought I’d dedicate the column to the elusive art of baselining. So, what’s a baseline? First of all, what is a baseline?  Everyone agrees it’s a snapshot of your project which is frozen now for use…

I’ve written at different times in this column about the impact of the web on enterprise project management systems.  Until now, most of that talk has been about how the availability of a web interface would attract additional users through an easier and more accessible interface. There is an emerging movement in this regard however, which is starting to revolutionize how we think of project management data and project systems usage.  It has come about…