Critical Chain – It’s everywhere and you may not like it

Years ago, when most of us in the project management software industry were discussing critical path theory and how resource levelling should work, a new paradigm emerged called Critical Chain.  It was developed by Eliyahu Goldratt.  The issues that caused Critical Chain theory to evolve were sound.  The problem with Resource Levelling is that it […]

How can miscellaneous = mischief?

It’s the dreaded 999 code that can turn a project upside down.  The miscellaneous charge code into which all bad hours go can be the source of a great deal of upset and difficulty a project.  In the timesheet business that we live in at HMS, we’ve see clients who have an unhealthy attachment to […]

You can’t get there from here

It’s an old joke that is typically attributed to the people of the State of Maine in the US.  A visitor stops to ask an old timer for directions and says “I need to go to this place.” The old-timer resident thinks for a moment and then says, “Oh sure.  That place.  I know that […]

Time for Time Zones?

It wasn’t that long ago that the world was a much bigger place. In the olden days (about 10 years ago) we didn’t have to think too much about the real-time impact of global project teams.  The world just isn’t that big anymore. Collaboration challenges Modern communications technology means that every team member probably has […]

Resource Skill Scheduling Skills

  Since I started in the project management software industry in the early 1980s there has always been an interest in managing skill scheduling.  It’s easy to see why.  When you need to build something whether it is a house, a pipeline, an aircraft, a new drug or a piece of software, you are going […]

Burning it down

One of the most interesting project management reports that evolved after my start in the industry is the “burn-down” report.  I mention it because at HMS, we are about to launch TimeControl 7 and we are in the final hours prior to launch where we are at the end of a long reiterative burn down process. […]

I’m speaking at the PMI Global Congress

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be speaking this September at the prestigious Project Management Institute’s Global Congress North America.  The conference is in San Diego California this year from September 25th to 27th.  My topic is inspired by someone I think every project manager should read about: Buckminster Fuller.  It is entitled “Just call […]

Avoiding Project Political Correctness

This year political correctness seems to be everywhere.  In the US it’s a presidential election cycle so perhaps some level of political correctness goes with the territory.  But political correctness isn’t just a political phenomenon.  In the private sector, in public sector organizations, in volunteer or charitable work the insidiousness of being “PC” can wreak […]

Technical Alliances, the good, the bad and the ugly

I’ve been wrapping up our renewals of two of our key technical alliances at HMS Software this week and it has me take pause to think about the different aspects of how these partnership works.  I’ve been most recently working on our Microsoft and Oracle relationships.  We’ve had a technical partnership with Microsoft since 1995 […]