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Article: Head for the Hills

Article: Head for the Hills
With a teenage daughter in the house, we end up watching MTV rather often.  The MTV hit “The Hills” has one of its cast fulfilling the role of project manager.  It makes you think how project management is perceived by people outside of the more classic scheduling expert.  Is project management becoming democratized?  And, is that a good thing for all of us?  Read more…

Article: The Electric PMO

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 for making the organization efficient.  Here are some of my thoughts from that confererence.  Read more…

Article: Third party project management tools – timekeeping

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 a timesheet is worth thinking about.

Article: The project manager’s perspective

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 own bias and your own perspective when you communicate?

Article: That elusive proof of concept

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

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 makes organizations effective.