Managing Bottlenecks. Good Project Management is a lot like avoiding traffic

12 May 2017
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Living in one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, Montreal is infamous for its traffic jams caused by never ending construction and growing population.  In a recent report it confirmed that the typical Montrealer that has a 30 minute commute loses 92 hours a year to traffic. The reality of this loss is astronomical impacting businesses, the environment and in some cases health issues that result from increased stressed levels and the broadened carbon footprint.  Although strategies to mitigate traffic issues  exist, similar to the project management world, it only takes one unexpected change of event to occur and you will […]

Although Bill Gates sees “Ctrl+Alt+Del” as a mistake, for many organizations it is a critical feature for the success of their projects

30 September 2013
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Recently in the news, a Harvard University Interview with Bill Gates has piqued the attention of the technology world in which Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+ Del command perhaps was a mistake in design.  He stated that although he suggested a single button to turn on or re-boot PCs, it was IBM’s designer who had required the 3 key combination. That being said, Ctrl+Alt+Del went on to be famous for helping fix the common “Blue screen of death” we’ve all encountered during the many PC crashes over the years.  More than the actual function Ctrl+Alt+Del performs, the command  has become […]

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 […]

As the world moves to the Cloud, Lotus Notes differentiates itself with project collaboration capabilities with more options

31 August 2012
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Many people do not realize that the purely cloud-based social media tools that have become part of today’s social fabric can trace its origins 20 years back when the first commercial Groupware applications entered the market introducing a new way for remote users to communicate and create their own collaboration networks.  In fact, it is no secret that one of the major pioneers of this first wave of tools was Lotus Notes that was developed as a leading-edge collaboration platform that encouraged the exchange of business information among a network of stakeholders.  Obviously, in those early years the connectivity to […]

A Project Selection Strategy is Critical, Unless you can go “Back to the Future”

16 December 2011
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For many project-driven organizations, especially those in new product development and innovation, one of the toughest challenges is managing a pipeline of potential projects and making an objective and well-informed decision on which project to place your bet on.  A strategic project selection process will ensure that the right metrics, experts and stakeholders are involved in the assessment and prioritization of your pipeline.  The right project selection strategy allows for an organization to maximize its potential for success and improvement across its current and future portfolio.

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 […]

Market Leadership: It Takes a Series of Strategic Battles to Win the War

15 July 2011
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With the recent launch of Google’s innovative social networking platform Google+, it did not take long for Mark Zuckerberg to quickly respond with his recent announcement of his strategic relationship between Facebook and Skype.  In a delicate move in a world where anyone can fall from grace in a heartbeat, Zuckerberg was more than announcing a strategic partnership with Skype, but was also sending a message to Google that he is ready to put up a real fight to maintain his leadership position in the Social Network landscape with Microsoft at his back (who recently acquired Skype).  You do not […]