Article: The Electric PMO While at a local Project Management conference I was able to talk to project managers about the different kinds of Project Management Office (PMO). I was struck by how choosing a different direction for the philosophy of the PMO would make for very different tools that should be selected by it […]
Article: Third party project management tools – timekeeping Third party project management tools come in many different flavors but I have a soft spot for the timekeeping category. Since my own firm, HMS Software, produces TimeControl, a project oriented timesheet system. This article takes a look at why looking outside of your EPM system for […]
Article: Their Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch TAANSTAAFL is an acronym we can thank science fiction writer Robert Heinlein for. But sometimes he’s wrong. Every once in awhile you’ll find something that you can have for nothing. Here are a list of tools and services that don’t cost a thing!
Article: The project manager’s perspective So much of the project manager’s role involves communication. But, how can you effectively communicate with someone if you’re not sure that they mean the same thing you do when you speak? Common terminology from places like the PMBOK is a good start but do you take into account your […]
Article: That elusive proof of concept Many organizations have purchasing policies that involve a proof of concept for enterprise software. The problem is, it’s hard to evaluate the effectiveness of enterprise software until the company commits. We’ll examine this Catch-22 of how to get around the proof-of-concept dilemma.
Article: Project Stage Gating Stage gating is a concept that is known to many in the project management community. But, did you know it started as a study on what organizations were more effective than others and trying to find out why? We’ll talk about the origins of ‘stage-gate’ and the reasons that the practice […]
Article: EPM and tools for everyone There are so many tools that can be applied to the project management paradigm that you’ve probably got several on your desktop right now that you’ve never considered. We’ll take a look at a few options in this article.
Article: Data-mining – Can you find the gold? Project management data can be a treasure trove of fascinating information that can, when examined carefully, help realize tremendous improvements in efficiency. This article talks about how to mine project management data and some of the jewels you can find when you do.
Article: Commoditized project management for the mid-market We’ve seen a trend from major software vendors to try to create the ‘everyman’ project management system and to target this at mid-market clients. This effort affects design, documentation, training materiarls and of course, marketing. Is it good or bad for the industry? You’ll have to read and […]
Article: Collaborative Project Management – How to start collaborating If you’ve already decided that collaboration will be a significant element of your project management environment, here is an article that talks about how get started with your collaboration efforts.