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Microsoft Partners with Project Assistants to Deliver Microsoft Project Workshop in Three Cities

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How Does an Organization Change and Innovate?

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It isn’t just about math and science anymore. It’s about creativity, imagination, and, above all, innovation. Organizations cannot compete on cost alone; innovation is CEO’s #1 priority.”

-Business Week Special Report

As the above quote demonstrates, the industry trend has transitioned from the knowledge economy to the innovation economy. In our last post, we demonstrated that adaptability is the key trait for organizations to survive turbulent times. But change and innovation aren’t just a simple “choice.” Many organizations have tried to implement changes, only to see no improvements. Others have been convinced of the importance of change, but remain fearful that they’ll cause a revolution instead of an evolution. Still others have decided to focus on innovation and are left with the question: “Now what?”

This post brings good news to those organizations. There is a formal method for change (more…)

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Improving PPM: The Perfect New Year’s Resolution

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The New Year is a natural crossroads that we reach every year. It’s an opportunity to assess the realities of the past year and, from that, consider what you’d like to see happen in the upcoming year given the expectation of what is to come. With this perspective on New Years, we find that a commitment to Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is the perfect New Year’s resolution, since the recent past has solidified its prevalence and the near future will augment its importance.

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Agenda Announced for Upcoming Webinar on PPM Execution

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Jim Colton and Project Assistants CEO, Gus Cicala, will be leading a webinar on Ensuring ROI through Effective Project Portfolio Execution. Project Assistants is pleased to announce the agenda for this webinar set to take place on December 11th at 3:00PM EST. Highlighting the event will be a demonstration on using Microsoft Project Server to facilitate PPM execution and a detailed methodology for improving organizational PPM. (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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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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