[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 in the early 70s. J.R. Galbraith gives us one of the first published works on the subject in 1971 talking…
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 be available to a more general audience. You can now find the From the Trenches column on Office.com. Since not…
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 came out of management thinking in the early 70s. J.R. Galbraith published an article talking about how to combine organizational…
The most common practices of purchasing enterprise solution software are often the least effective. This article talks about how to avoid the pitfalls of commodity purchasing when selecting enterprise systems and how to create a purchasing RFP that has the best chance of solving your business problems.
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.
This article was what kicked off the Microsoft TechNet “From the Trenches” column which I still write for. It addresses a key question: When deploying an EPM system should you a) make a big bang type of approach to release all designed EPM functionality at once or b) go with a more phased approach. And, if so, why?
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
Microsoft has published an article of mine on TechNet. This article will be of interest not only to project managers but also those deploying and configuring timesheet systems as it looks at how to determine how many charge codes to have and to what level of detail charge codes should be defined. See this post for all the links and details.
HMS Software has just released TimeControl 6.5 and it represents a major evolution of TimeControl. HMS has added a major new reporting-writing engine, a completely new link option for linking to their new alliance partner Hard Dollar’s HD project cost and estimating system and significant improvements in both performance and other functionality. See this blog post for more information.