It’s been some time since I wrote this article which has been published in a number of places since. Amazingly, the list is still appropriate. This is a letter to Santa on what I’d like to see from the Project Management Industry for Christmas.
We’re updating the Resources area and you’ll be happy to see we have Project Management Presentations now available. You’ll see a separate post for each new presentation just as you would with a new article. The Presentations Page is part of the Resources area.
Usually the engineering-oriented mind of project management people would never even consider the role of salesperson as part of being a project manager but the truth is, we’re selling all the time. Project Managers must sell their projects, their planning ideas, the impact of any changes and, even themselves. We’ll look at the various salesperson roles and their potential ‘clients’ in this article.
Systems: Microsoft Project Microsoft has released a “December 2007 Cumulative Update notice”. The notice includes update information on Microsoft Office Project 2007, Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 and other elements of the techology “stack” on which Project and Project Server depend. You can find the details at the bottom of the Microsoft Project Update Page here […]
Resources: Books It’s taken awhile but the EPM Guidance Book Recommendation page is now online. You’ll find here books from my own collection on Enterprise Project Management, tools like Microsoft Project and methodology such as Earned Value. It’s worth coming back to from time to time as I’ll be adding additional categories of books in […]
Project management comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes but nowhere is scheduling more tightly managed than in a high-pressure shutdown/maintenance project. In these 5-10 day projects, an entire industrial facility must be stopped, have maintenance done and then restarted and ever hour that passes is huge amounts of money lost in production. It’s a particular kind of scheduling from which anyone in project management can learn a lot.
As project managers we strive for the large, complicated mega project. It’s the kind of project careers are built around. But, is this the best kind of project for your organization? Can you do a better job of managing when the projects are bite sized enough? In this article we’ll look at how you can break down projects into manageable pieces and manage each as a separate part of the whole.
Systems: Microsoft Project Server 2007 updates Microsoft Project Server 2007 has had a range of updates, service packs and patches. There’s not a simple list of these updates on the Microsoft web site so we’ve made a cheat sheet list for you to get to them quickly. Read more…
Article: Can you make EPM from the sum of its parts? There are a lot of aspects of EPM. Do you have to go to one big integrated EPM system to accomplish them? Of course not. There are solutions to each of the main EPM challenges that are simple to deploy and quick to return […]
Article: EPM in a Foreclosure economy Project management is a popular concept when there is a boom economy but when economic times are more challenging, project management becomes a survival skill. This article looks at how organizations apply enterprise project management concepts when business is challenged. Read more…