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Is Microsoft Project Worth It?

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One of the most pressing questions that is always buzzing around the project management world is a very simple one: is the investment that goes into project management solutions software worth it?

We will break this question up into two parts: 1) Would our organization benefit from PM software solutions and 2) If so, is Microsoft Project the best choice? (more…)

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The Central Resource Management Metrics and Concepts

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A question we frequently find at conferences is “How are other companies implementing resource management?” This is a broad question that we could not possibly cover in a single post, but we thought a helpful starting point would be to delve into the fundamental metrics, terms and considerations used in resource management. In the interest of working from the ground up, this will serve as useful reference material for when we move into deeper theory. (more…)

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Agenda Announced for PPM Webinar

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Jim Colton and Project Assistants CEO, Gus Cicala, will be leading a webinar on Optimizing Portfolio Management: Integrating Portfolio Process with Microsoft Project Server 2010. Project Assistants is pleased to announce the agenda for this webinar set to take place on October 2nd at 3:00PM EST. Highlighting the event will be a demonstration on using Microsoft Project for your PPM processes and a detailed methodology for improving organizational PPM.

Following is the agenda in full:

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Overview
Organizational Challenges
Project Portfolio Management Approach
Microsoft PPM Demonstration
Improving PPM
Summary of Benefits

For any questions, email us at info@projectassistants.com.

Click here to register for the event.

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Optimal Resource Management vs. Using the Gantt Chart

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In a previous blog post, we discussed the importance of Resource Management, even going as far as to call it “the Holy Grail.” This begs the question: if optimal Resource Management is so effective, then why is it not implemented ubiquitously?

To help guide you through the decision of what process to use in your Project and Portfolio Management, we’ve outlined the Pros and Cons of sticking with the status quo of the Gantt Chart versus adopting a more rigorous approach. (more…)

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Resource Management: The Keystone of Project Management and Portfolio Management

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Organizations are beginning to recognize the comprehensive power that Resource Management has for addressing how to manage projects and project portfolios.

To put it simply, the daily operations of an organization revolve around executing initiatives to achieve the corporate vision. There are two criteria for meeting that end: doing the right projects and doing the projects right. Doing the right projects is the goal of Project Portfolio Management (PPM), and doing the projects right is the goal of Project Management. These two entities, then, are the foundational basis for accomplishing the mission of your organization.

What makes Resource Management so powerful is that it lies at the heart of both PPM and Project Management. (more…)

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The Project Assistants Blog Is Officially Open

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Project Assistants is thrilled to announce the launch of our blog on project management. Since this blog is geared toward answering what we believe to be the most prevalent questions in the project management world, we encourage you to contact us with any topics you would like us to cover.

After plenty of conferences, training courses and client engagements over the years, we have several topics backlogged that we get asked about frequently, so we will start off the blog addressing those. But we don’t want to miss out on any of the questions and interests you may have simply because no one had specifically engaged us about it before.

Just leave a comment on one of our posts or email us at info@projectassistants.com.

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