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.
My friend Eric Uyttewaal, the author of numerous books on project management and the use of Microsoft Project has written a great article on how to interpret the results you see in your bar chart. “How Gantt Chart-Literate Are You?” is a good read. Enjoy.
Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Project and Project Server. There are a number of components of the upgrade and we’ve put all the links on our Microsoft Project System Updates page. There are a wide range of improvements from Service Pack 1. If you’ve been updating each month with the monthly updates we post here, you’ll have a lot of them already but some of the improvements include: Project Standard and Project…
How do you get management, the project management office and the line-project managers to take seriously how much effort it will take to implement enterprise project management? We’re often asked for “easy enteprise project management” which, I think, is an oxymoron. Project management concepts are challenging and all the moreso when they’re organizational in nature. Perhaps the “E” in EPM should stand for “Effort required” instead of “Enterprise”.
It’s easy to want enteprise project management, it’s a little harder to get it. We talk to so many organizations that initially call for a project solution to their organizational problems but, when they find out what will be required of them to get it become less enthusiastic in a hurry. It makes us ask our prospective clients: Are you sure you want the cure for what ails you?
When you look at Olympic athletes, you can see how dedication and doing the work required can produce remarkable results. The same is true for those who take on creating an enterprise project management environment. Those who hope that results will just arrive at their door mostly miss out on the remarkable achievement that is possible when you accept the work that has to be done. Here’s a short article on acknowledging the work required in creating a project management environment.
Microsoft has packaged a number of hot-fixes and other cumulative updates for Project Server 2007. I’ve listed the updates on the Project Server Update page along with some other key information. Since you have to consider not just the Project Server bits but also all the supporting technology, you’ll find also some updates for other elements of hte technology stack including the following: Guidance on loading Project Server 2007 Cumulative Hotfixes Description of March 2009 Project…
My firm, HMS Software, has released a major new upgrade to the Industrial version of TimeControl. This product is an organizational timesheet designed to serve both back office and field personnel simultaneously. The TimeControl Industrial timesheet is ideally suited to heavy construction, offshore oil and gas or plant shutdown and turnaround situations. As a timesheet, it can aid both owners and contractors in being more efficient and capturing both the financial billing and costing information…
It’s one of the hottest topics in the project management industry today. We spend so much time thinking about how to do projects that we sometimes forget about whether we should do the projectds in the first place. Here’s a short article on Project Portfolio Management.