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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 I know that everyone has a little of the “grass is greener on the other side” syndrome where you think…

In 1966, the original Batman TV series came on the air. It lasted only 120 episodes but it changed a culture in ways that last to this day. In the world of Batman and Robin (played by Adam West and Burt Ward), there was a ‘bat’ solution to everything. No matter what the problem, Batman would have the solution. The Batmobile, Batboat, Batplane, and Batcave all had their place. And if you were someone who…

Over the years the most successful Enterprise Project Management deployments I’ve been involved with have always had a strong executive connection. In comparison, those deployments which have been the most difficult, have been those where our connection to senior management was kept at arm’s length. It’s made me do some thinking about what causes executives to be more or less involved and what recommendations I can make to organizations at the very earliest stages of…

Services are a key factor in the success of project management software vendors.  With the trend towards certification how will clients know who has the skills they require? I thought I’d spend some time talking about one of the most significant elements of technology deployment in the project management sector – services.  With numerous project management software vendors, the revenue from services outweighs the revenue from software sales.  Perhaps that’s a good thing.  After all,…

With the advent of TimeControl version 6.9, Administrators can now configure TimeControl to have timesheets other than a 7 day week.  Of course exports from TimeControl could already be of different intervals.  It has been common for years to have a weekly integration with the project management system but a bi-weekly link to payroll. Timesheets could now be 14 days long (bi-weekly) or bi-monthly or monthly or quarterly or custom length.  But with all that…

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…

Ok, it’s a strange title for a blog post but so is the circumstance. I’ll be in Scottsdale, AZ (A suburb of Phoenix) at the end of September for the Hard Dollar Conference.  I’ll be co-presenting a paper with Erik Marthinsen, the President of BASEMETHOD of Calgary.  We’re speaking on how to solve sub-contract management challenges by using a combination of Hard Dollar’s HD PCM and TimeControl Industrial.  The Hard Dollar InEight Experience 2014 conference…

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…