Philosophical

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

Automatic Weekly Status Reporting

Do Next To Nothing Even with powerful software, committed team members, and the latest technologies, there’s something affirming about that ole standby, the weekly status report. Rather than having to carve that time out to prepare it, wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to have it just drop out of the .. read more

On August 12th, 2014, posted in: Philosophical, Practical, Theory by

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

Face the Interfaces

Mirror Mirror One of the happy paradoxes of good Enterprise Project Management Software is that the more information users find and believe, the more information users believe they will find. That extra information often lives in other tools; and rightly so. But to be effective, it often needs to be visible along side our Project .. read more

On October 13th, 2010, posted in: Philosophical, Practical, Theory 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

Switchback Workflow

Gravity: it’s not just a rule. It’s the law. There’s a tactile satisfaction to the way a wooden marble run game plonks steadily from top to bottom. At a glance, we recognize the path. As it runs, we appreciate the steady pace. And at the end — plop! — we know with certainty it’s reached .. read more

On June 1st, 2010, posted in: Cool, Philosophical, Popular by , , ,

Who’s On First?

Abbot and Costello’s routing is still funny. Unless it’s YOUR Project. In traditional work management, one of the key positions is the person who provides the actual work assignments. Project Managers may use placeholders such as Business Lead 1 and Developer 4 in their preliminary plans, but eventually, someone has to pick who’s on first. .. read more