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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…

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…

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 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…

“We’d like to move to more transactional project management,” was the most often repeated phrase I heard this year in project management circles. For some, this is a cry from Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) to reject the ancient project planning relics of the past and move into more modern thinking.  “Let’s go Agile,” is the first call.  “Let’s use one of the new project tools like JIRA or Trello,” are also signs…

If projects were always predicable we wouldn’t need project managers. We’d just authorize the project based on what estimators had determined and then on the expected finish date, we’d pick up the completed project with the actual costs exactly meeting the projected costs. Sadly, that’s not the case. The work of project managers is so important because life is so unpredictable. In the face of almost everything challenging in our world, we have come to…

Several years ago I worked directly the Microsoft Project Team as part of their Enterprise Project Management Partner Advisory Council.  One topic that came up more than once during the 5 years I spent with the group was the impact of Excel on Project Management.  At the time Microsoft estimated that over 30 million copies of Microsoft Project were in use somewhere around the world.  Their own internal estimates were that over double that used…

Resource management is a subject that I lecture on often and, perhaps more interestingly, is a popular topic.  You might think that after all these years of the promotion of project management practices and tools that resource management would be an old and tired subject but apparently not so much. What is it that has solving resource management challenges be so difficult?  The first and most obvious answer is that we don’t all mean the…

“Can your system help us? We have two distinct groups.” This is a remarkably common request here at HMS. In our case we’re talking about how to take care of timesheet collection for multiple groups using our TimeControl timesheet system but the request is common to many project management environments.  This comes up whenever we have multiple groups trying to use the same project control environment. From one perspective, there are many benefits to grouping…