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It’s ready! The 5th edition of the American Management Association Handbook of Project Management is available on Amazon as of today! I have the great honor of writing the section on Enterprise Project Management for the book and the privilege of joining so many great writers in the book. Each edition of this book has been well received over the years and I have no doubt that this one will be too. The editing team…

Thanks for your patience as we updated the EPMguidance site. Don’t worry. The blog is still there in its entirety but the site now reflects some of the other activities that we do. This isn’t a life change as I’m still the President of HMS, the publishers of TimeControl but now instead of spreading my other interests across multiple sites, I’ve been able to consolidate them here on the EPMGuidance site.

I’ll be headed to Dallas tomorrow (May 17) to speak at the Dallas PMI Chapter’s Symposium.  I’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects, how to increase resource capacity without hiring.  It’s always a pleasure to speak with people who have similar business challenges about how to overcome them and I learn something new every time I get to engage in one of these dialogs. Aside from my speaking opportunities, there are more articles…

It’s been a busy time around here.  Aside from a may product release at HMS as we launched TimeControl 7.3, I’ve had some other activities underway.  This week I was delighted to be able to do a talk with the ProjectSummit*Business Analyst World conference in Orlando.  I do some volunteer time with the advisory board of the PW*BA conference.  I’ve been associated to ProjectWorld since the very first conference ever in Toronto over 20 years…

“Can your system help us? We have two distinct groups.” This is a remarkably common request here at HMS. In our case we’re talking about how to take care of timesheet collection for multiple groups using our TimeControl timesheet system but the request is common to many project management environments.  This comes up whenever we have multiple groups trying to use the same project control environment. From one perspective, there are many benefits to grouping…

There are a number of articles and some soon-to-publish in the works for EPMGuidance but I thought I’d share some writing that has appeared elsewhere.  Last month Canada’s largest national newspaper the Globe and Mail asked me to contribute a piece to their Leadership Lab.  The article discusses how a niche business like my own HMS Software has been able to be so successful at having clients many times our size.  Since we started in…

As followers of the blog know, I do some volunteer work with the ProjectWorld*Business Analyst World Orlando Advisory Board.  I’ve been involved with Project World since its creation 21 years ago and have been privileged to speak at many of the conferences.  I will be speaking again at the Orlando Summit which will be from April 16-18, 2018.  If you are interested in attending the conference, early registration discounts are available until February 10 at:  https://www.pmbaconferences.com/orlando/registration.html?utm_source=PMBA_ORL&utm_medium=Pop_up&utm_campaign=PSBAORL18-10. I look forward to meeting some…

You’ll find here the index of the webinar series OnLine or OnPremise which discusses the key elements of choosing between purchasing software for an on-premise installation vs. subscribing to software in the cloud.   Each webinar is only 5-6 minutes long.  You can watch the webinars in sequence if you prefer but they do not need to be seen in any particular order: Webinar OnLine or OnPremise #1 – Overview Webinar OnLine or OnPremise #2 –…

In today’s Agile-oriented software world, it’s all too tempting to skip the important steps of defining the work completely. There is no doubt that there is a meeting of minds between the client and the developers to end up with a product that fulfills the client’s desires and is of high quality and rapid arrival but once we get into the actual management of the project, there are differences in perspectives that are not obvious.…

In my brief flirtation with Psychology in my first year of university, I learned more than I’d ever want to know about rats in a maze.  My distaste for the exercise would come back to haunt me last year when my stepson needed a dwarf hamster for his science project.  Wendy is now a part of the family.  You can see Wendy and our home-made maze on the right. You’ve no doubt seen the images…