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In our business we are often asked if data from one system can be integrated to another. There’s almost a pull for people to say “If I can integrate it, I must”. That’s just not true. Let’s look at an example where integrating might cause a negative impact. Years ago I was asked if I could integrate project scheduling data with Outlook. “Look,” said the client who was an IT specialist, “Outlook task data…

I have a mobile phone from Verizon. One day, soon after I’d upgraded my phone, it chirped in the car. “Your Verizon team is ready for you,” it said. I was unnerved. What did they mean? Why are they saying that? Then, I looked up and saw that I was stopped at a red light outside a Verizon store. I was somewhat stunned for a few minutes as I took in this new level of…

The Thanksgiving Day holiday is coming up this week in the United States.  In other countries, holidays are coming over the coming weeks when families have traditionally gathered.  When people describe the expectations for a holiday gathering, the Norman Rockwell Painting “Freedom from Want” is the most common expression.  We have some standard that this painting calls from us.  The painting was done in 1942 in the US during the height of the Second World…

This week I’ve got a treat.  This article was written by Maria Hart exclusively for EPMGuidance.  Hope you like it! Thanks to the Internet, remote working has become more popular than ever before. CIO details that not only has the number of telecommuting workers grown by 140% in the last 15 years, but the companies that do provide remote working options have also enjoyed 20% less employee turnover rates. At the same time, transitioning to remote work…

With money flooding into the economy and huge incentives to get the economy back underway, governments at federal, state and municipal levels are looking for innovative ways to get projects underway.  One of the best already-established paths is the “Public-Private Partnership (PPP).  That’s not to be confused with the other popular PPP acronym at the moment for the US Payroll Protection Plan. What is a PPP? A public-private partnership is a project which is a…

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…

I’ve been focusing a lot of my project management and timesheet conceptual energies lately on looking beyond what happens in each project task in a day and looking between them to everything else that happens in a day.  That has led me to numerous subjects that I’ll talk about in the coming months.  The project management industry has put enormous focus on being more efficient in task management over the last 6 or 7 decades. …

I was asked a few weeks ago to write a short article for CEO Today Magazine.  It was published this past week in their Online edition.  The article is about a topic I speak on often: How to do more with the same resources you have and focuses on identifying and quantifying the time resources spend that are not productive for the company nor favored by the employee.  An example might be how often people…