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…
Here are some recently added compiled help format (CHM) files containing downloadable documentation for SharePoint, Office and Project Server. · SharePoint 2007 Technical Library in Help format · Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technical Library in Help format · Office 2007 Resource Kit in Help format · Microsoft Project Server 2007 Technical Library in Help format After downloading […]
Article: Head for the Hills With a teenage daughter in the house, we end up watching MTV rather often. The MTV hit “The Hills” has one of its cast fulfilling the role of project manager. It makes you think how project management is perceived by people outside of the more classic scheduling expert. Is project […]
Article: The Electric PMO While at a local Project Management conference I was able to talk to project managers about the different kinds of Project Management Office (PMO). I was struck by how choosing a different direction for the philosophy of the PMO would make for very different tools that should be selected by it […]
Article: Third party project management tools – timekeeping Third party project management tools come in many different flavors but I have a soft spot for the timekeeping category. Since my own firm, HMS Software, produces TimeControl, a project oriented timesheet system. This article takes a look at why looking outside of your EPM system for […]