Why Excel is not a Project Management Tool

5 October 2015

Excel spreadsheets are an excellent tool for independent analysis. The problem arises when people and companies try to stretch them beyond their capabilities. Spreadsheets have limited scalability and flexibility, and are not effective for managing projects, especially when they are large and complex. Here’s a look at the  main limitations of spreadsheets: Information: Projects contain several elements of essential information and simply put, spreadsheets don’t have the ability to store them. They aren’t designed to store files, conversations or any related information. All ideas and feedback are stored in separate files and there is no way to link them to […]

How You Can Make Your PPM Solution Implementation a Success

28 September 2015

Once the decision has been made as to the vendor of choice for a company’s new PPM solution, the deployment process, or shall we say project, begins. The deployment is in large part the responsibility of the PPM solution provider, but the successful implementation will depend on the preparation of the customer. Here are our top 6 tips for a successful (and smooth) implementation of your PPM solution: 1. Deciding on your adoption approach: Will it be Centralized or Federated? Centralized adoption: This approach is most suited for larger organizations, where the PMO plays a significant role in the adoption […]

The Benefits of Cloud-Based Solutions

21 September 2015
Cloud computing

Cloud computing, or in other words, solutions that are made accessible through the Internet are forecasted for astronomical growth, and with good reason. According to a Forbes article, “Global SaaS software revenues are forecasted to reach $106B in 2016, increasing 21% over projected 2015 spending levels.” The same article sites that, “A Goldman Sachs study published this month projects that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) from 2013 through 2018 compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.”  These are no menial numbers or statistics, and both adopters […]

The Importance of Enterprise Collaboration

14 September 2015

It’s no surprise by now to hear that collaboration in the workplace is an important ingredient to a company’s success. But what’s most relevant, is why it’s important and how you can make improvements to support collaboration in your workplace. Essentially, collaboration in this context refers to how well an organization communicates, for the purpose of discussing work, delivering feedback and sharing ideas. The benefits of collaborating internally as a team are invaluable and can no longer be ignored by the handful of organizations who choose to look the other way. Collaboration (done effectively) results in increased productivity. Why? Because it […]

Project: Google Logo Change

7 September 2015
New Google Logo

Logo changes and re-branding in general, are considered huge tasks – no matter who the company may be. And when you’re Google, you can certainly bet the task is that much bigger. As you likely know by now, Google has just released its new logo design after 17 years of using the same logo (with small un-notable changes from time to time). It may not be a drastic change, but it is by far the biggest change we’ve seen fo far from the company. The logo has rid itself of serifs (in other words, it is now sans serif), to create a […]

Understanding the difference between Change and Project Management

31 August 2015
Old way new way concept

The reality is that Change Management and Project Management depend on each other – one simply cannot exist without the other. But while they are entirely different from a tactical point of view, too many people still confuse the two. In short, change management focuses on people and project management focuses on the tasks and activities that are necessary to make the change happen. So let’s dig a little deeper. Another differentiating factor of change management is that it focuses on 3 main processes: planning, direction and reinforcement. Within these processes, there are small gradual steps to be taken, which […]

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: An Architectural Feat

23 August 2015
Guggenheim Bilboa Museum

“The randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light” Frank Gehry As one of the most famous buildings of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is deserving of significant recognition. Not only for its contemporary architecture and curvilinear shape, but also for the economic boost it created for the municipality. Like any large undertaking, the project came with its fair share of obstacles and stumbling blocks – which were fortuitously overcome with excellent planning and project management. The Vision The project of building the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was a strategic component of the Revitalization Plan for […]

7 Reasons Why You Should Want to be a Project Manager (PM)

27 July 2015

Project Managers are highly coveted positions, especially in the IT sector. If project management is something you’re considering as a career path, you’re definitely on to something. It is both a highly challenging and highly rewarding career path. And here are the top 7 reasons why: 1. Leading a team: Hands down, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a PM is the satisfaction that comes with leading a team through a project, from idea to completion. If you develop a holistic approach to managing both a project and a team, being a leader is not only rewarding for […]

Ready for an Enterprise Project Management Solution?

20 July 2015

Many companies, from smaller start ups to multinational corporations are embracing the importance and the inevitable need of project collaboration and/or project management solutions. As organizations grow and systems become more intelligent, the days of organizing tasks through excel spreadsheets are becoming a memory of the (very) distant past. The question is, when is your business ready to adopt a more comprehensive solution, such as an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution? If these points sound all too familiar, then it may be time to consider an EPM! *Your company manages multiple projects simultaneously This an excellent place for your business […]

The difference between Project, Portfolio and Program Management

13 July 2015
Project, Program and Portfolio Management

It’s not uncommon for an overlapping use of terms when it comes to project, program and portfolio management; and they are often interchanged with the assumption that they describe similar processes. But in fact, the three terms describe three very different practices. If we were to put them into a visual representation, it would look like a pyramid, with Projects as the base, Program Management as the middle layer, and Project Portfolio Management at the top. This is not because one type of management is more important than the other, but rather that each management requires the inclusion of its […]