Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices

Prospective customers often ask how they can assure a successful software implementation. Working in the software industry for most of my career, and from the ten years here at Project Insight, I have found the answer for a successful implementation: You must have a product that fits your needs,...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices  
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)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Discussions  
Not to be trite, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Well, yes, but beauty is also more than skin deep. Both are true when it comes to project and portfolio management software applications. Many times we hear lovingly……Basecamp has such a niceinterface….or can’t you make it look li...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices  
With the release of Apple’s iOS 7, there has been a lot of chatter about its user interface (UI), user experience (UX) and lack of skeuomorphs. Since I write for project management professionals and not designers, I’m sure some of you are scratching your heads saying, huh? Ok, let’s start with s...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices  
We are sometimes asked, ‘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 oppose...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices  
Our philosophy has always been to excel in our arena of expertise, project and portfolio management. In the 1990s, the information technology industry saw many large and sophisticated companies attempt to ‘be everything to everyone,’ in a movement that was called ‘knowledge management.’ Companie...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices  
At the risk of oversimplifying, 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 Let’s measure these tiers in terms of the following: Functionality Investment Maturity level of the ...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices  
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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When building a full service integrated application for portfolio and project management many factors must be considered. The “home grown” approach can be the right decision if you really need to substantially customize your application for your team’s needs. On the other hand, there are some dr...(more)
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