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Many of us have heard of the concept of a Project Maturity Model but what about our systems? This article extends the concept originally created by Carnegie Mellon to the Project Management Systems Maturity Model. Should you deploy all aspects of your project management system on the first day? Probably not.

The most common practices of purchasing enterprise solution software are often the least effective. This article talks about how to avoid the pitfalls of commodity purchasing when selecting enterprise systems and how to create a purchasing RFP that has the best chance of solving your business problems.

Resource management is the most popular reason organizations will switch from individual project management to enterprise project management so you’d think that would mean we’d have an extensive playbook on how to get the very best resource management out of such systems.
If only.

This paper was originally presented at the PMI Global Congress in New Orleans, LA in October 2013.
Applying statistical data mining techniques to project data is relatively uncommon and surprisingly so given the remarkable value that such techniques can reveal. This paper discusses how to apply data mining techniques for project data in the easiest of grouping and graphical representations of data.

Are you going to the PMI Global Congress in New Orleans this month?  I will be presenting two papers there. First, on Monday, October 28 at 10:45AM I will be presenting “Cancel a Project Without Cancelling your Career”.  Then on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:30AM I’ll present “Panning for Gold by Data-mining your Project Tracking Data”.  You can find out more about the 2013 PMI Global Congress at: congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica2013. If you’re planning to attend the…

This article was what kicked off the Microsoft TechNet “From the Trenches” column which I still write for. It addresses a key question: When deploying an EPM system should you a) make a big bang type of approach to release all designed EPM functionality at once or b) go with a more phased approach. And, if so, why?

Microsoft has published another of my articles, this one on Enterprise Systems Best Practices. This article looks at some of the key success/failure criteria to any enterprise system including, of course, EPM Systems. Those factors include: finding a business owner, knowing what problem the system is supposed to solve, making sure it’s part of your enterprise technical architecture and implementing change management.