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Article: That elusive proof of concept Many organizations have purchasing policies that involve a proof of concept for enterprise software.  The problem is, it’s hard to evaluate the effectiveness of enterprise software until the company commits.  We’ll examine this Catch-22 of how to get around the proof-of-concept dilemma.

Article: Project Stage Gating Stage gating is a concept that is known to many in the project management community. But, did you know it started as a study on what organizations were more effective than others and trying to find out why?  We’ll talk about the origins of ‘stage-gate’ and the reasons that the practice makes organizations effective.

Article: EPM and tools for everyone There are so many tools that can be applied to the project management paradigm that you’ve probably got several on your desktop right now that you’ve never considered.  We’ll take a look at a few options in this article.

Article: Data-mining – Can you find the gold? Project management data can be a treasure trove of fascinating information that can, when examined carefully, help realize tremendous improvements in efficiency.  This article talks about how to mine project management data and some of the jewels you can find when you do.

Article: Commoditized project management for the mid-market We’ve seen a trend from major software vendors to try to create the ‘everyman’ project management system and to target this at mid-market clients.  This effort affects design, documentation, training materiarls and of course, marketing.  Is it good or bad for the industry?  You’ll have to read and decide for yourself.

Article: Collaboration? Who’s collaborating? When you consider the collaboration aspect of project management, it’s worthwhile to come up with a collaboration plan much as you would a communications plan for a project.  Who should collaborate, how should this collaboration be facilitated and/or moderated?  What should you collaborate about?  We’ll look at the essentials of project collaboration in this article.

Article: Choosing Collaborative Project Management Tools Collaboration has become such a critical element of modern project management that it is no surprise that there are a plethora of tools available to assist us in getting the most out of the collaborative project environment.  What kinds of tools are these and where can you find them? We’ll discuss this and more in this article.

Article: Chocolate or Vanilla? Too many EPM deployments start off with designing the ultimate system; something which will never be realized.  There is so much functionality available with systems out of the box… “vanilla” systems that you should be able to get yourself up and running to some basic level with a minimum of customization.  This article discusses how a vanilla system is still very useful.

By: Chris Vandersluis I had the unfortunate experience lately of working with a very unhappy group within one of the federally funded agencies.  As usual, I won’t bore you with who it was to protect the guilty but the experience has become so common around here that I thought I’d share it with you in this column. The situation starts out like so many organizations interested in enterprise project management.  Project management personnel and IT…