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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

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 ,

How’s My Portfolio?

TSN Turning Point Our local sportscaster uses the phrase “TSN Turning Point” to highlight the pivotal play that enabled the win. In my Project Based Work, I use it to refer to that pivotal event when someone I’ve been coaching thinks of their own solution in a way I wouldn’t have. I always like to .. read more

On December 6th, 2010, posted in: Popular, Practical, Theory by , ,

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

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 , , ,

Spiral Adoption

Chasing the Rainbow Today’s Project Portfolio Management Software packages have incredible features to help teams collaborate and visualize their project based work like never before. Some of the best are also intended to be customized to meet specific business terminology and events. Given that resources and schedules are often shared, this powerful combination of insight .. read more

On June 22nd, 2010, posted in: Interesting, Popular, Practical by , , , ,

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 , , ,

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.

Project Management Time Travel

Hmm…where is that Flying DeLorean I ordered, anyway? Remember Back to the Future? Great movie. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could shift Project Management back through time and see exactly how things looked back then? Although lots of PPM Software packages have auditing — after all, no one likes mismatched SOX — wading through .. read more

On April 20th, 2010, posted in: Advanced, Cool, Theory by , , ,