Chris Vandersluis

I have been a public speaker since the 1980s.  My role as the president of HMS Software, publishers of TimeControl and my work in the project management software industry has provided numerous opportunities to speak in Project Management and Technology events over the last 40 years.  My experience includes the design, deployment and adoption of enterprise timesheet, enterprise project management, portfolio management systems.  My work with organizations both small and large in how to improve their business management performance has formed the core of many of my speaking topics.

You may have seen some of my writing on project management or business topics. I have been published in publications including Fortune Magazine, Western University’s Ivey Business Journal, the Project Management Institute’s PMNetwork magazine, Computing Canada, Chief Project Officer magazine, the American Management Association’s Handbook on Project Management and Project Times. I have written frequently for Microsoft’s Technet site on Enterprise Project Management subjects.

Finally I run the popular blog EPMGuidance.

I have been a long standing member of the Project Management Institute, the American Association of Cost Engineers, and the Microsoft Project Users Group. I have worked with a number of project management system vendors including Deltek and Oracle and spent 5 years on the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management Partner Advisory Council.

I speak regularly at business, technology and project management functions and the speaking topics range from high-end team performance to optimizing business process to the technical aspects of project management. Some examples of speaking topics include:

  • Enterprise labor tracking
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • The Project Portfolio Management processes
  • Project Field Data Collection
  • Creating a business prioritization process
  • Generating a Mission document, not just a mission statement
  • Generating business performance through metrics and display systems
  • Matrix management in a projectized world

 

Managing Resource Risk in an Uncertain WorldUniversity of Texas at Dallas
13th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium
Dallas, TX, May 21, 2019

If you can’t cancel a project, can you really have portfolio stage gating?
PW*BA World Orlando
Orlando, FL, Mar 26, 2019

Project Manager Career BoostersProject Management Institute
Minnesota PMI PDD 2018
St Paul, MN, Sep 27, 2018

Project Manager Career BoostersProject Management Institute
Minnesota PMI PDD 2018
St Paul, MN, Sep 27, 2018

Project Manager Career Boosters
PW*BA World Orlando
Orlando, FL, May 17, 2018

University of Texas at DallasIncrease Resource Capacity without Hiring
PMI UT Dallas 2018 Symposium
Dallas, TX, May 18, 2018

Create a Winning Enterprise System Deployment Strategy
ProjectSummit*BAWorld Orlando
Toronto, ON, April 4, 2017

Project Management InstituteIncrease Resource Capacity
PMI Eastern Iowa PDD
Cedar Rapids, IA, October 20, 2017

Project Management InstituteJust call me Trim Tab
Global PMI Congress
San Diego, CA, September 27, 2017

Project Management InstituteCreating Business Prioritization for Projects and Portfolios
Minnesota PMI Professional Development Days
St Paul, MN, September 14, 2017

Project Management InstituteAgile is not just for IT
Minneapolis PMI Symposium
St Paul, MN, September 15, 2016

Project Management InstituteR&D Tax Credits and the Project Manager
Montreal PMI Symposium
Montreal, QC, October 7, 2015

Project Management InstituteIncrease Resource Capacity Planning without Hiring
Minnesota Professional Development Days
St Paul, MN, September 17, 2015

OPSIGSub-Contractor Tracking
OPSIG – Oracle Primavera Special Interest Group
Online, July 16, 2015

Agile for the PMO
ProjectWorld Canada
Toronto, ON, May 25, 2015

OAUG - Collaborate 15Project Management of Sub-Contractors
Collaborate15
Oracle Application Users Group
Las Vegas, NV, April 14, 2015

Project Management InstituteAgile methodology and Enterprise Projects
PMI Global Congress
Phoenix, AZ, Oct 26 – Oct 28, 2014

Integrating Cost Control and Field Data Collection
Oracle Application Users Group – Collaborate 14
Scottsdale, AZ, Sep 28 – Oct 1, 2014

OAUG - Collaborate 14The Wonders of the As-Built Schedule
Oracle Application Users Group – Collaborate 14
Las Vegas, NV, April 11, 2014

Project Management InstitutePanning for gold by data-mining your project tracking data
PMI Central Illinois Chapter
Bloomington, IL, March 11, 2014

Federate PressSetting Priorities To Achieve Quick Wins and the Best ROI
5th Annual Business Process Re-engineering Course
Toronto, ON, February 25, 2014

Project Management InstitutePanning for Gold – Data mining your project management data
PMI Global Congress
New Orleans, LA, Oct 29, 2013

Project Management InstituteHow to Cancel a Project Without Cancelling your Career
PMI Global Congress
New Orleans, LA, Oct 28, 2013

Project Management InstituteCreating Business Prioritization for Projects and Portfolios
PMI Huron Valley Chapter
Ann Arbor, MI, October 21, 2013

Cancelling a project without cancelling your career
ProjectWorld and Business Analyst World Canada
Toronto, ON, June 4, 2013

Project Management InstituteEnterprise Project Management Workshop
PMI Southern New England Chapter Professional Development Days
Hartford, CT, April 30, 2013

Project Management InstituteExtending Project Management to the Organization
PMI Durham Highlands Chapter
Whitby, Ontario, Canada, March 26, 2013

Hard DollarBenefits of integrating Field Data Collection, Project Cost Control and Scheduling
Hard Dollar Customer Round Up Conference
Scottsdale, AZ, October 15, 2012

Project Management InstituteImproving resource capacity through timesheet management
PMI Buffalo Professional Development Days
Buffalo, NY September 20, 2012

Project Management InstituteCreating Resource Requirements without Hiring
PMI Central Illinois
Lincoln, IL July 10, 2012

The Timesheet Challenge: Tracking your projects with Microsoft Project and Project Server
Microsoft Project Users Group Toronto
Toronto, ON, May 15, 2012

Increasing your Resource Capacity without increasing your costs
ProjectWorld and Business Analyst World Canada
Toronto, ON, May 14, 2012

Project Management InstitutePrioritizing your Projects
PMI Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA May 10, 2012

Increate Resource Capacity without Hiring
through Timesheet Best Practices

Oracle Application Users Group, Collaborate 12
Las Vegas, NV, April 2012

Project Management InstituteCreating Resource Requirements without Hiring
PMI Huron Valley
Ann Arbor, MI April 16, 2012

Project Management InstituteExtending Project Management to the Organization
McGill University Webinar
Montreal, QC, February 28, 2012

Project Management InstituteApply Business Analysis to Project System Requirements projects
PMI Syracuse
Syracuse, NY, February 21, 2012

Here is a partial list of presentations delivered by Mr. Vandersluis:

Project Management InstituteBe a Solution Buyer: Setting your EPM Requirements
PMI Maine
Portland, ME, January 19, 2012

Creating your EPM Deployment Plan
Microsoft Project Users Group Global Webcast
Online, January 10, 2012

Stop the Madness of Multiple Time Entry
Oracle Application Users Group, Collaborate 11
Orlando, FL, April 2011

Timesheet management in the Finance Industry
Project Management 2009 Development and Perspectives
Moscow, Russia, October 2009

Project Management InstituteThe Resource Management Dilemma
Project Management Institute
Montreal, February 2008


Benefits of Data Mining
ProjectWorld
Montreal, May 2007

Causing a Breakthrough with Elite Swimmers
Beaconsfield Bluefins Swim Club
Beaconsfield, QC Canada, October 2006



Effective IT Governance using Microsoft’s EPM Solution
Microsoft TechEd
Boston, June 2006

Trends in the Project Management Industry
Northwestern Ontario Technology Association
Thunder Bay, On, Canada, November 2005

Enterprise Project Management means Culture Change
Bell Canada Project Managers and Business Analysts Conference
Montreal, QC, Canada, May 2005

Project Stage Gating – are you choosing the right projects?
ProjectWorld Canada
Montreal, QC, Canada, April 2005

Enterprise Project Management: Big Bets, Big Bucks
Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference
Orlando, FL, USA, July 2004


Effective IT Governance using Microsoft’s EPM Solution
Microsoft TechEd
Boston, MA, USA, June 2006


Getting Strategic IT projects done on time and on budget
Microsoft TechEd
Orlando, June 2004

Project Management InstituteReal-time project management systems – myth or reality?
Project Management Institute
Vancouver, March 2001

Project Management InstituteIntegrated Project Management
PMI Canada Symposium
Calgary, May, 1996

Project Management InstituteA Matrix Approval Process for Labor Actuals
PMI Global Congress
Darby, PA, 1997

Project Management InstituteEnterprise timekeeping for project environments
Project Management Institute
Toronto, January 27, 2000

As the president and co-founder of HMS Software, Mr. Vandersluis has been instrumental in the growth and sustained level of operations of HMS since 1984. Under his guidance, HMS has become recognized as one the foremost suppliers of project management products and expertise in Canada and one of the most significant suppliers of timesheet and project tracking software in the world. HMS is the publisher of TimeControl®, one of the world’s most successful project-based timesheet systems.

Mr. Vandersluis has, become recognized as one of the world’s authorities on enterprise project management and on enterprise project systems. He has written for numerous publications including Fortune Magazine, Heavy Construction News, the Ivey Business Journal, the American Management Association, PMI’s PMNetwork, ProjectTimes, Chief Project Officer magazine and Computing Canada magazine and the author of the popular blog EPMGuidance.com. He is the past president of the Montreal chapter of the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG) and co-founder of the Montreal and Toronto chapters of the MPUG. He teaches Advanced Project Management at McGill University and often speaks at project management association and business functions across North America and around the world.

Education

McGill University
1982 | BA, Economics

Presentations

For a list of speaking engagements where Mr. Vandersluis has presented in the past, see the Previous Engagements tab.

Projects

Here are some projects Mr. Vandersluis has been involved in over the years:

TCLogo_300x300TimeControl

Perhaps most significant has been the creation, design and publication of TimeControl, a popular multi-purpose timesheet system. TimeControl was launched in 1994 and has been deployed to hundreds of thousands of users in countries all over the world.
For more information on TimeControl, go to TimeControl.com.

CF-18 Upgrade program

Bombardier Canadair Defense Systems Division – Mirabel, Quebec
This multi-year, multi-billion dollar project is for the upgrade and maintenance of Canada CF-18 fighter aircraft fleet. Provided project scheduling, earned value and timesheet software, training and consulting to integrate these project systems with SAP and other in house systems

 

Light Armored Vehicle (LAV)

General Motors Diesel Division/EDS – London, Ontario
This ongoing programme is for the design and manufacture of the popular Light Armored Vehicle supplied to Canadian, US and other military clients. Provided scheduling, earned value and timesheet software as well as training and consulting to integrate these systems with corporate systems at GM and Delco

TCLogo_300x300TimeControl Integration

Credit Suisse/First Boston Bank – New York, NY
Assisted Credit Suisse with the integration of TimeControl into an extensive legacy system of in-house financial data and production systems such as Remedy. Provided database architecture and data integration consulting.

James Bay Power Development

Hydro Quebec/SEBJ – Montreal, Quebec
The northern Quebec James Bay Power Development is one of the largest hydro electric power projects in history. Mr. Vandersluis was involved from 1988 supplying project scheduling and cost control software as well as training in project management methodology and consulting for systems integration.

Hot Steel Mill Shutdown program

Dofasco Steel, Hamilton Ontario
Dofasco Steel does regular maintenance of its manufacturing facilities. HMS has assisted Dofasco for almost 10 years in reducing the time required to refurbish its various facilities. Mr. Vandersluis assisted with integrating pm tools with existing corporate systems and provided training in both project management methodology and in project systems.

Y2K Compliancy for Maritime Telcos

CSM2000, Maritime Provinces
CSM2000 was constructed as a virtual Telco out of the 4 Maritime Bell telcos. Mr. Vandersluis assisted CSM2000 from 1998 to 2001 in managing its Y2K project by providing scheduling and timesheet software, training in project methodology, resource leveling analysis and project systems and consulting in systems integration

Nuclear Retubing Project, Thermal Plant refurbishing Project

Ontario Hydro, Ontario
The Nuclear Retubing Project was a multi-billion dollar project designed to replace the aging fueling tubes in all Ontario Candu reactors. The Thermal Plan refurbishing project at Lakeview, Ontario was a multi-million dollar upgrade to the emissions controls for the coal-fired plant. Ontario Hydro used Mr. Vandersluis to assist with these projects to implement project scheduling and earned value software with extensive training and consulting.

Hibernia GBS

NODECO, St-John’s, NFLD
The Hibernia oil platform was the largest and most complex of its type ever constructed. The NODECO consortium received the $2B project to design and construct the Gravity Base Structure (GBS), something never done before. Mr. Vandersluis provided extensive training and consulting services to this project in establishing a project management and earned value environment and supporting that environment until the completion of the Gravity Base Structure.

Enterprise Project implementation

Rolls Royce, St-Laurent, Quebec
Mr. Vandersluis assisted Rolls Royce with the creation of an automated project control environment, which had to meet aerospace and defense standards. This included supplying Rolls Royce with project scheduling, earned value and timesheet software, training to run these systems and integration services to tie the timekeeping to the Rolls Royce financial systems.

Create and Deploy a Project Portfolio Prioritization Process

Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI
Mr. Vandersluis worked with the Johnson and Wales senior management to create and deploy a business prioritization process that was applied to the prestigious university’s IT work. Working with the university’s executives he was able to facilitate agreements on how to prioritize, create a system with metrics to sequence critical projects and assist with deploying a resource capacity planning environment within the IT department.

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