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 […]

Old School

“Hey man, that’s old school,” said the person at the next table over from me at Starbucks. I looked up to see who he was talking to.  To my surprise, he was looking right at me.  The young man looked like he was studying for college.  There were text books and an iPad in front […]

Creeping Scope

No, I’m not talking about the new vine on your deck trellis.  I’m talking about scope creep. It’s every project manager’s nightmare.  The project starts off at a manageable modest size and in the blink of an eye, it’s a beheamouth of unmanageable porportions. In one of HMS Software’s first ever mandates back when we were […]

Multi-Currency Project Management

Great news.  You will be managing a large project that transcends international boundaries, multiple time zones and multiple sub-contractors.  As a result you’re having to think about how to deal with multiple currencies.  This can be a project accounting nightmare if it is not thought out in advance. Mulitple currencies can be a blind spot for […]

Do we still need training if we’re using SaaS?

At one time using a computer system required training.  Not everyone will remember what older mainframe/terminal systems were like but user-hostile doesn’t completely convey the response. Here’s an example of how to add a frequent flyer number to your itinerary, from the old character-based Sabre airline booking system from American Airlines (and others): Using the […]

There’s more than one kind of timesheet!

We get calls at our office reasonably often that start like this: “We need a project management system,” the caller asks. “What kind of project management system do you need?” we reply. “You know,” the caller says somewhat frustrated at our questions, “the kind of system that manages projects.” There are, of course many different […]

It’s about the hole, not the drill

I’m in the software publishing business.  I should be all about selling you the tools.  It’s not about the result you want, it should be about the result I want… but that’s never been the way I’ve gone about business.  So this article is about the result, not the tool.   I came across an […]