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 […]

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 […]

Charge Code Common Sense

I’m often asked to help organizations define their charge code structure, either for their project management system or their timesheet system.  While it’s true that every organization is different and different needs result in different types of charges, there are some common practices we’ve found over the years that are universal. Ask less, not more […]

Business Analysts and Vendor Specifications

On a regular basis around HMS we get specifications from clients of what they’d like to have our TimeControl timesheet do for them.  It’s a necessary part of the evaluation process for a client to find the right type of timesheet for their particular business challenge. The problem is that the language that the specifications are […]

Can you see the forest for the trees?

Over the years I’ve had many questions about how to effectively implement resource capacity planning.  I’ve written about this often in these pages and in other articles elsewhere.   Resource Capacity planning is theoretically very simple.  All I need is the resource availability and the resource requirement expectations and a-b=c! Not so fast.  The challenge […]

OpEx vs. CapEx

Many years ago in the project management software industry there was a hotly contested debate that could have no definite outcome.  What was better, pundits asked, taking the “best of breed” or “all-in-one”.  The timing coincided with the recent release of all new “enterprise” project management systems that purported to do everything you might want […]

Creating an EPM Deployment Plan

“Can you help us install the EPM system and get it up and running in a few days?” is one of the most common requests EPM deployment firms get.  And regardless of the size of the organization, the short answer, is unfortunately, “No.”  The challenge isn’t technology; it’s a series of policy, process, procedure and […]