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Dian Schaffhauser

About: Dian Schaffhauser

Dian Schaffhauser is MPUG's editor. She's been covering project management, business transformation and topics technical as a journalist and editor since IBM released its first PC. She invites you to send your best story ideas for MPUG to her at She promises to let you know what she really thinks.

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Survey: Reporting Bad News about Projects

Written on May 30, 2017, by

Bad news with projects abounds. More than nine in 10 project managers (94 percent) have had to deliver bad news to managers or executives in the last year, according to a recent, online survey hosted by MPUG. So it’s probably no wonder that people managing projects also consider themselves fairly expert at delivering bad news….

Survey: PMOs Have Room for Improvement

Written on April 10, 2017, by

Project management offices are there to take on the big project work within an organization. For example, the most important job for the PMO is to oversee project reporting and communications. Job two is doing project portfolio management. And third is defining and maintaining project management best practices and standards for the organization. Those results…

Scheduling Master Tom Henry on Why We Shouldn’t Run Projects in Our Heads

Written on February 19, 2016, by

Tom Henry a senior consultant at Campana & Schott, spends his weeks implementing enterprise project management systems for clients in multiple segments and training them on how to get the most out of their solutions. During the Microsoft Project Virtual Conference 2016, which ran in February, 2016, Henry shared “tips, tricks and scheduling best practices…

How Enterprise Social Collaboration Can Get You Over the Project Wall: An Interview with Ken Winell

Written on February 16, 2016, by

Last October, a few months after Ken Winell had joined Tough Mudder as vice president of technology, he found himself wading through the mud, risking electrical shock and pulling himself over walls in what has become the company’s wildly popular signature extreme obstacle course. Some projects may feel just as extreme to their participants. Winell…

Ben Howard on Managing New Product Development

Written on February 16, 2016, by

  Ben Howard has spent a career in implementing complex enterprise solutions for organizations around the world, earning him his Most Valuable Professional credential from Microsoft. He currently heads his own consultancy, Applepark, in the United Kingdom, which specializes in Microsoft Project Server deployment and training. During Microsoft Project Virtual Conference 2016, Howard led two online…

Steven Squyres Doesn’t Mind Failure: An Interview with the Scientist behind the Mars Rovers

Written on February 9, 2016, by

Even if you don’t know who Steven Squyres is, you know about his work. Currently a member of the physical sciences faculty at Cornell University in New York, Squyres, and his team members worked for a decade to develop a proposal acceptable to NASA that would allow the space agency to put “roving geologists” on…

Get Your Project Back on Track

Written on January 12, 2016, by

Mitzi, a portfolio manager with a regional insurance provider, was sent into a project that had been underway for a couple of years. “It was behind its deadlines, way over budget, and the team was pretty demoralized on it because all they heard about were all the failures.” How do you get a project like…

Ernst & Young Buys UMT Consulting

Written on January 11, 2016, by

Project and portfolio management consultancy UMT has been acquired by Ernst & Young in the United States. The smaller firm, which has offices in 10 locations, was named Microsoft PPM partner of the year in 2013. Earlier this year EY formed a strategic alliance with Microsoft to work with enterprise customers in making the transition to…

Doing Good with Project Management

Written on December 23, 2015, by

When Gary Chefetz, head of MSProjectExperts, moved to Coachella Valley in Southern California’s Riverside County, he sought to give back to his new community in a way that had a “much higher impact” than simply serving soup in a kitchen. His physician, with whom he maintains a “strong relationship,” told Chefetz that he and others…

10 Best-read MPUG Articles of 2015

Written on December 22, 2015, by

Which of these stories have you missed in the past 12 months? Start the countdown… 10. Communication: 5 Ways to Improve Your Project’s Lessons Learned It’s time to put some real energy into developing and creating your project “lessons learned” information. Bill Dow and Bruce Taylor offer five techniques worth practicing. 9. 7 Incorrect Ways…

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