Breaking Bad… News that is

Over the years I have received a number of questions from project managers expressing the challenge of sharing bad news with their management.  “No matter what the potential benefits might be,” one said, “I’ll be fired if I share news that bad.” No matter what your work environment, it seems that some people are better at sharing bad […]

EPM – Centralized or Decentralized?

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 […]

Deployability: A key to enterprise project management systems

 Every year I spend days in project management software exhibition halls, so you’ll forgive me I hope for harping on what has become a bit of a cliché in our industry.  You know the one I’m talking about – Enterprise Project Management Software.  It must be the hangover from the ERP implementation craze from years […]

The Challenges of Enterprise Resource Capacity Planning

It’s what everyone wants but almost no one gets: Enterprise-wide resource capacity planning.  Just what makes getting this accomplished so difficult? I’m sure I hear it at least once a week (during a trade show, twice an hour), what organizations are asking of their project management system boils down to enterprise-wide resource capacity planning.  Now […]

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.

There’s a little project manager in all of us at this time of year

Christmas Dinner is a project that’s worth of any experienced project managers and most of us would fail to deliver. Yet, a successful Christmas Dinner project requires all the elements of any other project and your most diligent of project processes. Here’s a project plan and a big thank you to everyone who will make Christmas dinner a success this year!
Happy holidays everyone.

Article: Start with the simple things

I’ve had a few wonderful opportunities lately to talk to high-tech CIOs about what costs them the most time.  I had thought I’d hear about project management and resource management issues.  ‘We need a better scheduling algorithm’ or ‘We need a better resource-leveling engine,’ I figured I’d hear.  Not so.  The CIOs I’ve met this […]