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In my office recently one of our most experienced employees came to me with a strange question. “How do you know if something is a project management system?” they asked. I opened my mouth to answer then paused… for a long time.  The answer is not obvious. In the early 1980s the first critical path scheduling packages became available for personal computers.  In fact, I find it interesting that history shows that critical-path scheduling software…

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 has many facets. Who do we have? First of all, not all resources are made equal.  The first challenge we’d…

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 all in one system.  This movement wished to displace the trend of the time which was to choose multiple project…

“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 practice questions that have the potential to create far-reaching organizational change. Let’s take a look at what an EPM deployment…

Welcome to a whole new year of the EPMGuidance.com blog.  It’s early in the new year but if you were following along with the pace of blog posts and new content from the last few months, you’ll be happy to know that upcoming content is on its way.  There are new blog posts scheduled for every week between now and the end of June at least so make sure you’re stopping by regularly or subscribing…

I’ve been a proponent of Enterprise Project Management since I first entered the project management industry in the early 1980s. You’d think, then, that I would always vote on the side of centralized project management, but that isn’t always the case. Let’s discuss for a moment just what we mean by Enterprise Project Management. EPM can mean a lot of different things to different people. I’ve already discussed in other articles in this column how…

Years ago I wrote an article about how project management required tracking not just planning. It was a time when many organizations used the terms project management and project planning synonymously. In fact many of what we referred to at the time as project management software systems were, in fact Critical Path Methodology calculators which were all about the planned schedule and very little about the actual progress. It’s almost 15 years later but it…

In 1966, the original Batman TV series came on the air. It lasted only 120 episodes but it changed a culture in ways that last to this day. In the world of Batman and Robin (played by Adam West and Burt Ward), there was a ‘bat’ solution to everything. No matter what the problem, Batman would have the solution. The Batmobile, Batboat, Batplane, and Batcave all had their place. And if you were someone who…

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 to be more or less involved and what recommendations I can make to organizations at the very earliest stages of…

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 management software vendors, the revenue from services outweighs the revenue from software sales.  Perhaps that’s a good thing.  After all,…