Beating the “Cat in the Hat” project syndrome. How to get Thing 1 and Thing 2 back in their box

30 August 2013
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It is not uncommon for project managers to experience their project’s trajectory to suddenly shift from being on the right track to getting turned on its head.  The manner in which project managers handle negative change sets the good leaders apart from those that crack under pressure.  Most project managers can master the techniques that help plan schedules, load resources and track costs.  Where many fall is in the area of managing change and the ability to effectively communicate and reset expectations to help move a derailed project back on track.  Succeeding in this respect requires real-life experience and natural […]

PPM Software Market looks promising for SMB Organizations

28 June 2013
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Although Gartner has recently revealed during its 2013 PPM Summit that PPM software revenue has increased by 11% in North American and Western European markets,  the truth is, the majority of PPM technology adoption is relegated to mature organizations that are capable of grasping the value of these solutions.  In 2012, the PPM software market generated $1.65 billion in which 58% were delivered by the top 5 vendors who primarily service the Enterprise market.  According to Gartner, 42% of that revenue was picked up by “Other” vendors which I deduce to be referring to the PPM vendors grabbing the exploding […]

Genius Inside Summit Reveals that Social Media in PPM is not Child’s Play

15 March 2012
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Recently I was speaking with my six year old son about his friends and what they do for fun, when he brought up that a group of his buddies have the Nintendo 3DS. Still stuck in the age of Atari I was amazed when he told me that with this newer console you can play video games in 3-D (no glasses required) and that his friends (as he said) enter some code on to their devices to accept each other as “Friends” and communicate via “Texting.”  Is it possible!?!  Social networking starts in first grade!?!  Apparently it does.

Better Project Collaboration does not Necessarily Mean Standardizing Solely on a Common Web Platform

28 October 2011
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In a world where the average knowledge worker communicates with his or her stakeholders via email, intranets, extranets, smart phones, and a host of social media and enterprise applications available over the Web, the meaning of “collaboration” can be as useful as it is confusing to project teams that live and die by the information they ingest.  With so many options and means to communicate, developing a collaboration strategy is critical in today’s project environment. You just have to dial back ten years ago and realize collaboration options were quite basic in comparison to today’s world.  Most information was shared […]

Project Management Professionals and the Cloud: If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

26 January 2011
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Every other day there is another story in the technology space where we hear the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft battling over their position in the vast internet landscape.  Has Facebook’s social community and content trivialized the algorithms dominated by Google that drive the internet?  If so, has this made Google the new dinosaur?  Or is Microsoft trying to emerge from its shadows to redefine its position in the marketplace pushing down on Google’s top spot?  Regardless of the story, one thing is obvious – there is a revitalization of the tech market and its all due to the […]

Automated Project Management: The Human Element Does Matter!

14 January 2011
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I recently read an article that suggested that even the untouchable Google may face trouble ahead with its automated approach to Search based purely on its use of algorithms.  The article suggests even the most sophisticated machines do not have the ability to prevent its power users, SEO experts, from finding creative ways to outwit Google by developing “content farms” that produce Spam-like content that dilute the relevant results found on its coveted first page.  Consequently, human powered content is moving ahead in providing better search results.  In fact social media content produced and developed by its own end users […]

Every “Cloud” has its Silver Lining: Leveraging the Cloud to Manage IT Projects

29 June 2010
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It seems like everywhere you turn the “Cloud” is hovering. Whether it be Software-as-a-Service (otherwise known as SaaS) or On-Demand solutions, cloud computing has moved to the forefront as the latest technology of choice for both small and large businesses alike. The reality is the internet has revolutionized the way we do business. From VOIP and email to web-enabled enterprise systems and virtual offices, the Web has transformed the way we communicate with our prospects, clients, co-workers and stakeholders. Although it’s true working in the cloud has facilitated all size organizations to work better and smarter, it has also created […]

Gartner PPM and IT Governance Summit 2010: Maximizing the Dialogue

17 June 2010
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Last week I attended Gartner’s annual PPM & IT Governance Summit in Orlando and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the conference was organized to maximize the value of both attendees and sponsors of the event. I’ve been to too many conferences that primarily focused on its sessions and provided very limited opportunities for both buyers and sellers of technology to interact.  After all, these events are supposed to help generate business and provide pragmatic knowledge to those seeking to improve the way they work.    Aside from focusing on sessions that were aimed at helping IT implement effective techniques to […]