I’m so pleased to be associated with a new project. My long standing friend David Barrett who is well known throughout the project management industry has launched a new venture called ProjectBites. This service allows project managers to get training through small 20 minute “bites” of project management tips, techniques and ideas delivered by some highly experienced project management teachers, consultants and advisors. I was flattered to be asked to be a part of them…

This is my forth recession since starting HMS Software.  I’m not liking this one any better than I liked the first three.  We started HMS in 1984 just after the 1981-82 recession that was driven by middle east oil prices.  It was a period of great growth that was accompanied by a huge expansion of technology.  In 1990 we’d been in business for a few years already and inflation issues jumped in to cause a…

Yep – that’s me giving an in-person talk at a project management event last year.  I really enjoy getting the chance to give a short course or even a symposium talk when I can.  It’s great to connect directly with others who have the same interests.  This year there will be some changes.  A couple of my upcoming speaking engagements have shifted from in-person events into virtual conferences including: The Minnesota Chapter of the Project…

I recently sat for an interview with CEOCFO magazine.  I’d been interviewed by them before about a year and a half ago but the world has changed so much since then.  The interview covered how HMS has adapted to work during the pandemic and how we have seen a shift both before and during the global shutdown towards more Online Services like our TimeControl Online product. You will find the interview at: www.ceocfointerviews.com/hmssoftware20.html.

Many years ago, the London Tube; the subway system, created a slogan reminding people to look down and step carefully between the platform and the train.  It’s become such a symbol of London that we see not only the Mind the Gap symbol on t-shirts but memes of all kinds to “Mind the… Something”. Last week here at HMS, we came across a gap.  It was a process gap and because of checks and balances…

This week I’ve got a treat.  This article was written by Maria Hart exclusively for EPMGuidance.  Hope you like it! Thanks to the Internet, remote working has become more popular than ever before. CIO details that not only has the number of telecommuting workers grown by 140% in the last 15 years, but the companies that do provide remote working options have also enjoyed 20% less employee turnover rates. At the same time, transitioning to remote work…

With money flooding into the economy and huge incentives to get the economy back underway, governments at federal, state and municipal levels are looking for innovative ways to get projects underway.  One of the best already-established paths is the “Public-Private Partnership (PPP).  That’s not to be confused with the other popular PPP acronym at the moment for the US Payroll Protection Plan. What is a PPP? A public-private partnership is a project which is a…

I’m delighted to find myself in Pursuit Magazine this week in the category of technological Disruptors.  I sat for an interview a few days ago and talked about how my company HMS Software is weathering the pandemic and how we’ve been able to adjust to remote work and how the impact on our TimeControl clients has affected us. You can read the article in its entirety at: pursuit.ca/business-politics/the-disruptors-chris-vandersluis/

Is it harder to deploy an enterprise system when you aren’t co-located? Of course. But, it is much more common than you might think. If we think of deploying a system to a small business where everyone is in the same building, then communicating and encouraging use of the new system is easy to imagine. As the new system is designed and configured, the people doing that work are walking along the same corridor as…