The Executive Connection

Over the years the most successful Enterprise Project Management deployments I’ve been involved with have always had a strong executive connection. In comparison, those deployments which have been the most difficult, have been those where our connection to senior management was kept at arm’s length. It’s made me do some thinking about what causes executives […]

Article: Services are key component to enterprise project management systems success

Services are a key factor in the success of project management software vendors.  With the trend towards certification how will clients know who has the skills they require? I thought I’d spend some time talking about one of the most significant elements of technology deployment in the project management sector – services.  With numerous project […]

Article: Balancing the matrix

[Note: An earlier version of this article was produced for Microsoft TechNet] In project management circles we tend to talk often about a matrix management environment. Matrix management isn’t anything new. It has become the de facto standard for management in virtually all high-tech organizations. The idea of matrix management came out of management thinking […]

Microsoft Office.Com finds a home for “From the Trenches”

I’ve been writing for Microsoft’s TechNet website on the subject of enterprise project management.  You may have seen the column called “From the Trenches” which got going out of all those articles.  They have been available from the Microsoft Project and Project Server sections of TechNet.  Microsoft has decided to elevate all that writing to […]

A Balanced Matrix

By: Chris Vandersluis I wrote an earlier version of this article for Microsoft’s TechNet.  This update has been created for the EPMGuidance site. In project management circles it is common to talk about matrix management. Matrix management isn’t anything new. It has been a management standard in most high-tech organizations. The idea of matrix management […]

Cancelling a project (without cancelling your career)

This paper was originally delivered at the PMI Global Congress in New Orleans in October 2013.
This article discusses how to identify a project which should be cancelled, distinguish it from a project that is merely troubled and then if need be, actively cancel a project in a way that is empowering to the project team, the organization, the stakeholders and even the project manager.

Article – Cancel your projects without cancelling your career on TechNet

Microsoft has published another article of mine on TechNet. This article is called “Cancelling your project without cancelling your career and will be of interest to both project managers and timesheet administrators as well, of course, to those managing stage gating processes, project management offices and project portfolios