Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, two completely separate companies had finally decided to abandon using desktop applications like MS Project and Excel to manage project schedules and resources. Their challenges were similar. Sharing project schedules by emailing MS Project fi... (more)
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Resource leveling is a hotly debated subject in the project management world. The comments range from one should never level resources – ever! To you can use leveling if you know the consequences. Or you should only level manually. So, what’s the deal?? First, what is resource leveling? Mic... (more)
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One challenge that project managers have is that many work in organizations that have a matrix structure. This means that many of the project team members report to department heads and not the project managers running the projects and programs. This can result in the project managers feeling ‘p... (more)
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How is Project Insight different than Microsoft Project desktop? There are several distinctions between any cloud or web-based software versus a single user, desktop application. Cloud solutions like Project Insight are inherently collaborative and democratic, as opposed to top-down, command and ... (more)
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I'm always talking about having three elements in your successful project management software implementation: people, product and processes. In order for your implementation to be successful, you need all three. Within each element, there are many segments, variables. I'd like you to make sure y... (more)
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Definition of a Project The Project Management Institute (PMI) definition of a project is a ‘temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.' By definition a project is unique, meaning that no two are exactly alike. However, most organizations have projects that are s... (more)
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These are some of the basic rules that we find to help project managers avoid issues when trying to manage a project schedule in any WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) based scheduling software. These basic practices are often ignored when working in applications like Microsoft Project, but they can... (more)
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I've blogged about this before, but when implementing any software solution, whether project management or other, the executive leadership should play a key role. The leadership needs to sponsor, support and stress the importance of attending the training sessions. In fact, it is a phenomenal id... (more)
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Real project managers need real project management software. We talk to prospective customers all day long who have evaluated other project solutions and discerning customers say that low end tools and other mid-market solutions are lacking the powerful features that they want. Low end ... (more)
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We hold that there are three basic tiers to the project and portfolio management solution marketplace. Low end tools Mid-market solutions High end systems The three tiers differ in terms of the following: Functionality Investment Maturity level of the project team Time to implement ... (more)
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