Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices

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 nice interface….or can...(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&rs...(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 democrati...(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 man...(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 o...(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)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices
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)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices
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 d...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices
Choosing an enterprise project and portfolio management solution is only part of a successful software implementation. When choosing project and resource managment software, you must also choose a solution ‘partner’ not just a vendor, to assure a smooth implementation. First, you need a wel...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices
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 wonderful...(more)
by: Cynthia Westin:  Project Management Software Implementation and Adoption Best Practices