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Which Project Management Software Is the Best for Your Organization?

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A month ago, we outlined what businesses will be best suited to invest in project portfolio management (PPM) software. But once you determine that your organization has the three basic project characteristics that indicate that you might benefit from a software solution, you still have the daunting task of determining which solution will work best.

We should be clear that every solution will have its own set of flaws, and even the products that lack flaws require a massive budget and a lot of support. This often tempts organizations to give up on all of the options altogether, but this would be a mistake. Way back in 1986, Harvey Levine wrote, “The project manager who is waiting for the perfect project management solution will still be waiting 10 years from now.” 26 years later, this quote still rings true. Organizations should not be scared away from viable project management solutions because of a few imperfections. The focus should be implementing the technology that best fits your organization’s processes, while minimizing the investment of the implementation process. (more…)

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How to Get Your PPM Dashboard to Provide Valuable Business Intelligence

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We find that many managers who are able to turn inputs into an aesthetically-pleasing dashboard, end up disappointed by the hard information that the outputs provide. Below we’ve provided a couple of keys to developing dashboards that provide actual value to your Project Portfolio Management process.


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Latest Information on Microsoft Project 2013 Release

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Microsoft shook the world of project management when they announced on their blog that they had reached a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) on Project 2013.  They have promised Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013 and Project Server 2013 to all be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1st, with each of these products available to those with Software Assurance in mid-November.  Since then there has been an overwhelming amount of information to wade through, so we would like to offer a helping hand in guiding you through the most relevant pieces in preparation for the release.

The biggest upgrade is that all of the software will be through Office 365, which is delivered in the cloud.  Microsoft is also boasting better flexibility and scalability to fit your specific business needs. (more…)

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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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