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Monthly Archives: October 2016

How to Do Your Cost Management Right in Project

Written on October 31, 2016 by

Often, we see that project timing and project resourcing are managed in Microsoft Project, while project finances are kept in Microsoft Excel. Using the financial governance capabilities in Project is often an unexploited area. If you think about it, this is a waste. Assuming you add rates to resources in Project, that gets you halfway;…

K2 – Appit for SharePoint

Written on October 31, 2016 by

Appit for SharePoint is produced by K2. Product Summary:  K2 Appit for SharePoint integrates with SharePoint to help users build apps, simplify business processes, and collaborate efficiently so you can achieve organizational goals.   Capabilities: Integration allows SharePoint-based data to be easily accessed and used in business processes Users can actually create apps without having to code…

Optimizing Dashboards to Communicate with Senior Stakeholders

Written on October 26, 2016 by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Strategic category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Microsoft Project offers a wide range of tools for creating reports and dashboards to communicate the status of your project. But how do you decide what data points should be…

The Executive Who Laid a Curse on His PMs

Written on October 24, 2016 by

It was a dark and stormy night, and a lone executive who couldn’t sleep decided he wanted to spend some quality time reviewing the project schedules for a massive IT integration and implementation program. Normally, we get very excited about a senior manager who wants to spend time reviewing potential issues, risks and problems with…

The Trace Evidence that Sunk a PMO Director

Written on October 24, 2016 by

I was working with a design firm that finally decided it was time to start a project management office to improve their processes and procedures. After a long search by the HR department, they finally found the person to head this new division. She had a lot of work experience across numerous industries, talked a lot…

Tales of Terror in Project Management, Volume 2

Written on October 24, 2016 by

This year’s tales of terror plunge you into project management madness. You’ll visit a hiring manager’s dungeon of woe, spy on a company executive as he spins his web of wickedness, learn just how desperate a new PM can get to succeed and uncover the tiny detail that nailed the coffin in one PMO director’s…

The Sign Warned Me: “Enter at Your Own Risk”

Written on October 24, 2016 by

Early in my career I was assigned a project that had been running for almost a year, but had never seen a single live release to the customer. On my first day, I was informed, “Welcome aboard! But you are already 20 days late! You have to deliver a release in the next 30 days!”…

The Curious Case of the Disappearing New Hires

Written on October 24, 2016 by

A large company decided to reward project managers and team members based on performance. Sounds good, right? Tie people’s pay to the outcome of a program or project. Success leads to better pay and failure leads to pay reduction. Now everyone has skin in the game. Except that multi-year programs that naturally have personnel turnover…

FluentPro Releases Reporting Tool for Project Online

Written on October 21, 2016 by

A new project and portfolio management platform has been released specifically for small and medium businesses. Built on Microsoft’s Project Online service, PPM Express, from FluentPro, is intended to help people within those organizations collaborate more effectively on their projects. The Gold-certified Microsoft partner develops a number of other applications for use by project teams,…

The Most Basic Project Management Framework

Written on October 21, 2016 by

In this article I discuss the project management framework that I have applied in multiple projects (including the one I used in “A Free Project Pipeline Tracker for Excel“). What you’ll find is that it’s simple and uses the most basic of components, yet it’s where every project I’ve ever worked on begins. Let’s begin…

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