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When I started in the project management industry in 1984 the concept of a baseline was nothing new.  Indeed, it was a critical element of the first major client deployment of project management software that got my business and my career underway. Even in 1984 baselines were not a big favorite of those in project management.  It was something over the years that I continued to promote.   These days we hear less and less…

It’s quite flattering to find myself featured in the October edition of the PM World Journal. This is a scholarly publication filled with the writings of people who have been in the project management world for some time and has always been a key source of information and education for me. The article is the result of my speaking engagement at the University of Texas Dallas this year at the Annual Dallas at the 14th…

I had a remarkable experience in Austin, Texas with my friend Nathan Latka and 500 of his closest Founder friends at the #founder500. The Founder500 was a remarkable conference where I was privileged to speak as one of the keynote speakers. This was an unexpectedly awesome collection of hundreds of founders of SaaS companies. Some were small, some were big but everyone had common experiences and challenges. It was quite unlike anything I’d ever been…

I’m delighted to be speaking on a couple of different topics at the Minnesota PMI Professional Development Days (PDD) this year. This is the first in-person meeting of the PDD for the PMI-MN in two years and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ll be speaking about creating a hybrid environment in a session called “Bringing Agile, Project Management and Portfolio Management together” and then a second Symposium Day session called “The Perils…

I was delighted to be interviewed by Nathan Latka on his top entrepreneurs podcast. Nathan is a high-energy interviewer who is great to meet with but really wants you to know your numbers and be ready to be challenged. You’ll find the whole interview on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/QmmVu2GD0hA.

I’m delighted to have accepted Nathan Latka’s invitation to speak at the upcoming Founder500 conference in Austin Texas on September 1st. This conference focuses on hundreds of top Software as a Service company founders of all sizes. I’m one of only 60+ speakers so I’m a small part of something big but it’s still great to be able to meet folks there and tell a bit of our story at HMS Software. The conference is…

When under pressure, we all tend to retreat to that which is familiar. That’s not just in project management. It’s true everywhere. I’ve been studying a bit of Abraham Maslow thanks to some other ideas I’ve been working on associated to Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”. In 1966, he was quoted in the Psychology of Science as saying “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as…

I’m very excited to be in Dallas next week to speak in person at the 14th Annual University of Texas Dallas Project Management Symposium. This is a prestigious event and I couldn’t be happier to have been asked to speak. My topic is: The Pyramid of Project and Resource Management which I’ll be presenting on May 18th. If you will be at the conference, please make sure to say hello!

I was delighted to spend some time with Tony Shap on his podcast in the last month. Tony is well knowns in financial circles from his writing in magazines like Forbes, Fortune, Inc. as well as on numerous news broadcasts. If you’ve not yet stopped, by the Tony Shap Show podcast, I highly recommend it. My episode can be found by clicking the link or in the index.

I’ve been remiss in keeping the blog here on epmguidance.com up to date for which I apologize. With some of the largest projects in my life now winding down, I can refocus on what laughing passes for normal around here. Over the last 6 months I’ve been working closely with the team at HMS on our newest product, TimeControl Project. It launched last month and I couldn’t be more proud of the work that everyone…