I’m delighted to find myself in Pursuit Magazine this week in the category of technological Disruptors.  I sat for an interview a few days ago and talked about how my company HMS Software is weathering the pandemic and how we’ve been able to adjust to remote work and how the impact on our TimeControl clients has affected us. You can read the article in its entirety at: pursuit.ca/business-politics/the-disruptors-chris-vandersluis/

Is it harder to deploy an enterprise system when you aren’t co-located? Of course. But, it is much more common than you might think. If we think of deploying a system to a small business where everyone is in the same building, then communicating and encouraging use of the new system is easy to imagine. As the new system is designed and configured, the people doing that work are walking along the same corridor as…

Many of us have spent all our energy and attention in the last 3-4 weeks organizing our businesses and organizations to work remotely.  Contingency plans that were made long ago have had to be executed.  Business Continuity plans you hadn’t completed have had to be finalized and put into action in a hurry.  It’s been a lot of adapting on the fly and by all the clients and business contacts we have spoken to, it…

As expected, I have more changes to report on speaking engagements that I had been asked to speak at have been postponed or changed. The ProjectWorld / Business Analyst World show scheduled for late May in Toronto been rescheduled to December 14-17.  My talk there will be rescheduled to somewhere within those dates.

In the last few weeks we have seen numerous clients and other organizations move to having their workers work from home.  For some of these organizations this has been a smooth and seamless transition.  For others not so much.  As we’ve described on our blog in my own firm HMS, the move from working on premise to working remotely has been very easy but this is because we had already put a plan in place…

It’s probably no surprise but thanks to the current situation with Covid-19, some of the project management conferences that I had been asked to speak at have been postponed or changed. The ProjectSummit*BAWorld Orlando which had been scheduled for April 6-8th has been postponed to October 26-28.  I’ll still be speaking at the event, it’ll just be later.  For more information on the event, go to: https://www.pmbaconferences.com/orlando/home.html. UT Dallas PM Symposium 2020 which had been…

Managing projects remotely used to be an oxymoron but over the last 20 years, creating a project team that is not co-located has slowly brought project managers into a world where they may only see their team face-to-face rarely. With the advent of Covid-19 and restrictions on movement around the world, project management at a distance has become an essential skill. For some project managers who are new to such management, they may tend to…

This article appeared last year in the PM World Journal and was based on a presentation I got to give at the University of Texas at Dallas PM Symposium. For some reason, I never posted the article directly so here is “Resource Risk in an Uncertain World”. Life is risky. Thank goodness. If not for the presence of risk, what would we need project managers for? We’d just make an estimate and return on the…

This collection of tips and techniques on project management has been put together by my long-standing friend and colleague David Barrett.  Keys to Our Success is 29 chapters from 29 different perspectives about real life business challenges for project management.  I was privileged to write the chapter called “Between the Tasks”. The book will go on sale January 24th on what Amazon calls “Blitz Day”.  I encourage you to take a look at: http://tiny.cc/fhqkiz. …

In the EPM industry we tend to talk about Enterprise without much consideration that it may be considered differently by different people or at different times.  Many people think of an enterprise as something that applies only to large multi-national publicly traded companies. Others might think of an enterprise as a broad collection of organizations or companies. This is one of the first questions I ask when speaking to an organization who is interested in…