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Get a Handle on Project Start Dates

A New Solution to an Old Problem During a recent Executive Coaching session, I ran into a tricky but common challenge. The Templates I am helping them design are to prepare for multi-million dollar maintenance upgrades that are scheduled two years in advance. The “Main Event” is about three quarters of the way through the .. read more

On April 14th, 2018, posted in: Advanced, Interesting, Practical, Theory by

Get What You Need

How to Chart by Task Assignee Home Group (or Home Team, or Primary Role) A recent challenge in the community forum caught my attention this week. A number of folks would like to be able to group Tasks by the Primary Assignee’s Home Team (or Home Group, or Primary Role), but — in short — .. read more

On October 18th, 2016, posted in: Advanced, Cool, Philosophical, Practical, Theory by

Pushing the Limits

How to send Workfront Push Notifications to your iPhone In the Workfront instances that we administer, we recommend minimizing the number of email alerts. However, there are a few events that are not only important enough to email, but important enough for Push Notification (e.g. the “little Red circle with a number in it”) to .. read more

On January 26th, 2014, posted in: Advanced, Cool, Practical by 4 Comments

Rekindling Burndown

Is the Campfire Cold? ——– UPDATE March 2014 ——– In the Fall of 2013, Workfront introduced Burndown charts as part of their Agile improvements. However, for those interested in a Project Level Burndown, showing (for example) how many hours were PLANNED to be worked each week, vs how many hours were ACTUALLY worked, here is .. read more

On March 31st, 2013, posted in: Advanced, Cool, Philosophical, Popular by ,

As Soon As Impossible

Faster than ASAP? Enterprise Project Management Software is helping teams accomplish their Project Based Work more efficiently than ever. Most Projects are designed to be done As Soon As Possible (ASAP). The PPM Software that teams use may even have email alerts to expedite Tasks that can start early. But a colleague recenty posed an .. read more

Get Some Professional Help!

NOTE: this technique was developed in the R15 version of Workfront, but stopped working mid R16. At this time, Workfront seems to only support rendering URLs that are posted “outside” of Workfront, such as using https://www.atappstore.com/extras/ESPHome/ESPHome2013-07-14WeatherRigsAndEnergy.html as the URL for an External Page, and noting that you may need to adjust your browser settings in .. read more

On November 18th, 2010, posted in: Advanced, Cool, Practical by ,

Going the Extra Milestone

Choose Your Path Most Project Management Software has the ability to mark certain Tasks as Milestones. Some PPM softwares also offer a set of customizable Milestones — a “Milestone Path” – to encourage standardization across Projects. A few sophisticated Project Portfolio Management Software packages even let you pre-assign a Milestone Path to Tasks in a .. read more

Can your PPM software defuse a bomb?

When Companies Merge Synergies… Efficiencies… Economies of scale… that all sounds great! Why wouldn’t two big companies want to merge? Well, one reason might be that if they’re in the same industry, they probably use a lot of the same software, and sorting out which packages to Retain and what to Decommission is an enormous .. read more

On August 10th, 2010, posted in: Advanced, Interesting, Theory by , , ,

Sufferin’ SaaS-afras! Where can I Test?

ExSaaSperation Online Project Management is a great fit for Software as a Service (SaaS). Teams can perform their project based work in different locations and timezones, but still collaborate in a loosely coupled way. And as vendors improve the underlying PPM Software, everyone instantly benefits when the production website is upgraded. What more could you .. read more

One Chart to Rule them All

Yessssss….My Preciousssssss… Can you imagine Golum as a Project Manager? Instead of a ring, though, he’d be clutching a printout of the latest status report with his favorite chart. It’s funny to picture. But I must admit: I’m starting to see the attraction.