Learning Fast & Failing Forward

29 June 2015

While many organizations and PMOs are realizing that “failing fast” is a smart approach, New Product Development (NPD) has been doing this for years, and doing it successfully. They refer to the process as Stage Gate, where ideas are turned into products; to sum it up the stages are “Activities” + “Analysis” = “Deliverables”. The reason that NPD has adopted this practice is that engagement levels and investments (both monetary and time-wise) are so high in product development, that they need to fail & learn fast before going too far – otherwise the loss would simply be too high.
So what  

The Conclusion: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus?

22 June 2015

To wrap up this series (of parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) I’m putting together a cheat sheet for anyone who wants to take a look at this crowded and diverse market of over 300 PM & PPM software options.
The variety in project management software categories and the features they offer can make purchasing the ideal solution a difficult process. It is important to have a clear picture of the capabilities of each type of software and which solution will improve both your business and your projects.
To tie it back to the example in the first blog of this  

Part 6: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Professional Services Automation

15 June 2015

Continuing on in this multi-part series, with parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Professional Services Automation software.
In short, Professional Services Automation (PSA) can be considered like an ERP software for service organizations.
PSAs are a separate entity from all other project management softwares, since they are specifically designed for the service industry. It is a solution that will help RUN a professional service business from end to end.
This type of software came to exist for the purpose of linking the front office of a service business (the clients), to the back office  

Part 5: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Project Portfolio Management

8 June 2015

Part 5: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Project Portfolio Management
Continuing on in this multi-part series, with parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Project Portfolio Management software.
Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is a top down approach to strategizing projects.
Our last blog covered Enterprise Project Management (EPM), which focuses on the daily management of multiple projects from the bottom up. Conversely, Project Portfolio Management is the evaluation of projects from a top down view, with considerations such as, which projects will be prioritized, de-prioritized, which to start working on right  

Part 4: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Enterprise Project Management

1 June 2015

Continuing on in this 6 part series, with Parts 1, 2 and 3 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Enterprise Project Management software.
Enterprise Project Management (EPM) is the daily management of multiple projects, simultaneously.
In our previous blog, we focused on the notion of Project Management, which to some degree can be thought of as working within a vacuum, with a single project focus. Comparatively, Enterprise Project Management softwares takes a holistic view of multiple projects. Below is an excellent definition of EPM by Genius Project’s Director of Product Strategy:
“Enterprise Project Management takes a holistic approach to managing projects with  

Part 3: PM Software is from Mars…Or is it Venus? What is Project Management

25 May 2015

Continuing on in this 6 part series, with Parts 1 and 2 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Project Management software.
Of all the categories in the PM & PPM Universe, Project Management software is by far the most difficult to navigate. The reason being that every solution, no matter how simple or complex and regardless of what project management tools are actually offered, slot themselves into the PM software category. It is undoubtedly the most commonly used term to describe ALL the categories of PM & PPM software.
Marketers are well tuned into this trend and do an excellent  

Part 2: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Project Collaboration

18 May 2015

Circling back to our last article about navigating the PPM & PM landscape, we arrive to the first point of attack: Project Collaboration.
Project Collaboration tools are an undeniably better way to manage team communications versus email – which are often inundated with notifications from social media, personal emails and all other types of communications that flood inboxes and cause unnecessary distractions. This video of Slack founder, Stewart Butterfield, describes why using a social collaboration platform instead of work emails will make workers more productive:
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Many companies are choosing to work with Project Collaboration platforms for this very reason, whether as a  

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PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus?

10 May 2015

The mission of establishing permanent human residence on Mars, and the set departure date for the first crew in 2026, has spawned a series of questions about the possibility of vacationing to this “Red Planet”. While some have high hopes as to the possibility of taking weekend jaunts to Mars, the reality is that when or if commercial space travel does happen, it won’t only be costly, but lengthy too – with the expected length of visit being up to four months at a time. The same can be said about the expectations vs reality when it comes to purchasing a PM  

Project Managers Beware! It can take less than a minute to kill your entire project

6 April 2015

In a world where overnight fame or infamy can happen to anyone with a webcam and internet connection, more than ever project managers need to carefully design a communication and collaboration strategy that will positively impact their projects while preventing the damaging effects of a potential negative broadcasting of information that can instantly shut them down at a moments notice.  Social media can  be used as a powerful tool to help drive a project quickly to success. Leveraging Twitter-like functionality and social collaboration can help quickly move your project by instantly shoring up the necessary support from your stakeholders to  

Proper Stakeholder Management – The Key to Preventing Employee Strikes

3 November 2014

“A Fair Day’s Wages for a Fair Day’s Work!” “A Fair Day’s Wages for a Fair Day’s Work!”
One needs to only look at international news on any given day to realize that strikes are a worldwide phenomenon that can occur in almost any country.
At the time these words were written, 14,000 home daycare workers across Quebec hold a 1-day strike to pressure government on wages and hours while over in British Columbia, an agreement is finally reached with IKEA after 17-month long strike by its workers. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, strikes by both Train Drivers