How PM Software Supports Status Updates

9 November 2015

One of the main requirements that we often hear from PM software buyers is that they’re looking for a way to stay up to date on the status of multiple projects. They want to have clear visibility into their projects and tasks across various departments and they want to be able to compare project statuses vs deadlines, budgets and available resources. Ultimately, by knowing what’s going on with their projects they believe they can better manage them – and they’re right. And anyone who’s familiar with PM software knows that the most efficient and effective way of doing so, comes […]

6 Reasons Email is Not a Project Management Tool

26 October 2015

It’s no mystery why people can’t seem to get away from using their inboxes as their personal project & task management tool; and why companies still attempt to collaborate via long over-drawn email chains. Email is well ingrained into our personal and work lives, and many of our “to-dos” arrive in the form of email – it’s a popular (and effective) way of communicating. But that’s where the line should be drawn – at communication. Using a more sophisticated task management tool can save you a lot of time sifting through your inbox, leaving a lot more time to get […]

Steve Jobs: The poster child for technology innovation

19 October 2015

People often confuse the terms “invention” and “innovation” or use them interchangeably; when in actually, there’s a significant difference between the two. Invention, in its purest form is the creation of a product or process that is entirely new – something that is introduced for the first time. Innovation, is the improvement or significant contribution to an existing product or process – significant enough to cause change in behaviour or interactions. When you think about it, inventions are only as powerful as their ability to create change and an impact on the world as we know it. And so, many […]

The Montreal Mirabel Airport: When a piece of the project plan is missing

12 October 2015

What was announced in 1969 to be the project of the 21st Century by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, ended up being known as Canada’s biggest white elephant. It was a project that faced many obstacles from the start. Starting with the Liberal government of Trudeau choosing the location of the airport, 55km from northwest downtown Montreal, against the wishes of Quebec. The province had their eyes set on a site south of the St. Lawrence River. In turn, they refused to complete road and transit systems to the airport. This is arguably the fall of what may have made the […]

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 to 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 […]