The Project Management Office (PM) isn’t a new idea. But we used to think of the PMO in a trailer on a construction site. The proliferation of desktop project management tools enabled everyone to be their own PMO but the idea of a centralized PMO is making a comeback thanks to centralized web-based epm systems.
If you’re implementing an enteprise project management system, then making sure you have someone who will champion the cause is critical. It’s not enough to have a good solution, you have to be able to sell it at all levels of the company and that takes someone who believes in the solution and won’t stop until it’s fully deployed.
There are so many display formats to choose from that it’s sometimes confusing to select the right one. Yet choosing the right display for the right kind of data makes all the difference to how it’s interpreted. Putting the right project view in the right hands can change the way decisions are made.
Microsoft has just unveiled the beta of Project 2010 and Project Server 2010. Here are some details and links to get access.
These days you’ve got to do more than just buy enterprise project management software if you want enterprise project management. Generating a business culture that can take advantage of such tools is by far more challenging and by far more important. Here are some thoughts on creating an environment for enterprise project management
Just having good project management techniques is not enough. How will you sell your great process to management?
When your job is building the elements of construction are usually quite well known. When you’re building software however, everything you’re building with from the foundation materials to the tools themselves are changing while you construct. What hope is there for project management if this is so?
For organizations that are all about their hierarchical organization, projectizing the business can be the fastest path to more efficiency.
Should you integrate systems intimately together or create an interface between them and leave them to work more independently? Integrate or Interface?
Big organizations often take on big epm deployments. It’s an easy mistake to make. Just because an organization is large, doesn’t mean that the deployment of an enterprise project management system needs to scale up to match it. Too many organizations think too big when they get started on an epm deployment and bite off more than they can chew.