Free EPM Live White Paper – PPM for the Enterprise, Whose System is it Anyway?

My co-worker recently released a white paper that takes an in-depth look at the many factors to consider when assessing your PPM (Enterprise Project Portfolio Management) needs across your organization. She brought up the point that more often than not financial constraints or time to market requirements outweigh the critical need to truly understand and evaluate the original need for this organizational change. The most common mistake made in PPM deployments is the inability to define all stakeholders, their challenges, their tools and processes, and most importantly their current state of organizational project management maturity.

An effective strategy for PPM implementation addresses all of the following areas:

– Who will be using the system?
– What are their current PPM challenges?
– What tools and processes are they using today?

Very similar to branding, knowing and understanding your target audience will undoubtedly result in higher user adaption, leading to overall acceptance and maximized ROI.

Here are 5 components that were covered in the white paper and definitely should be considered if you are looking to implement a PPM solution within your organization:

1. Overcome Common PPM Deployment Challenges:

  • One solution rarely fits the needs of all users
  • A PPM system rarely accommodates all other work that affects your project resources
  • PPM systems seldom represent a complete portfolio, making visibility into all investments impossible

Every user within your organization will have different needs. As you can see from the challenges mentioned above, it is critical to accommodate and meet the needs of all users within your project AND work management tool. As you begin discussions of building a solution for your organization, don’t forget to consider all users that will eventually play a role in acceptance and usability.

2. In order to make a deployment successful you must know and understand your audience:

  • Who will be using the tool?
  • What challenges are the users facing with their current processes and toolsets?
  • What benefits are expected out of the tool for each of the user roles?
  • What capabilities are needed to ensure this application will meet the user’s needs?
  • Where does each user fall in organizational project management maturity?

As you can imagine, there are many more questions that can be asked to help you define a detailed business-specific design that is right for your organization. Other areas that must be considered in design include integration, demand management, workflow and governance and general collaboration needs. As questions are answered and more questions are generated, make sure you are considering every user and every maturity level. The level in which you capture data can vary, but ensuring that the system is built to make it easy to capture data COMPLETELY, across all projects and work, is critical for visibility and accuracy.

3. Deployment Tips:

  • Define your audience
  • Qualify expertise of each individual user
  • Define the vision: What is PPM?
  • Understand the business and challenge any assumptions being made
  • Focus on pain points
  • Focus on strengths
  • Consider those not present
  • Review risks
4. PPM Branding:

It is absolutely critical that we sell the PPM brand to our organizations before we begin implementation. We all must brand ourselves, our skills and our business! A brand must bring consistent value to its audience. PPM is an essential brand for organizations to enforce that will ensure the right projects are being completed at the right time within the given budget. Let’s not forget the critical output of any project…increased value.

5. How EPM Live aligns to Address Today’s Challenges:

EPM Live is built with the user in mind. If management cannot get the end users to use the system, the system will not be a success. For this reason, EPM Live has been designed to take into account all the various users that will be using the tool. EPM Live understands that in order to have a truly successful PPM solution, you must accommodate all the work that affects your bottom line.  To do so, EPM Live has built a full PPM solution that brings all projects, all work, all products, all applications and all services together in one centralized location!  You have many options for all work management:  easily integrate with other LOB systems to bring all work together, retire legacy systems and migrate your business to EPM Live, or define your EPM Live system as an all work management system from the get go and leverage EPM Live’s free solution apps to get you up and running quickly. In many organizations it is common to track large IT projects within your PPM toolset.  Now, more than ever, it is critical to show all projects that are utilizing your organizations resources in the same tool.  You will always have large and small projects, seasoned and unseasoned Project Managers, and work coming in from every corner of your organization.  If you are putting in $2m into your organization every year, every piece of that investment should be included in your PPM toolset.  Remember, there are tools to accommodate every user so user maturity should no longer be the excuse here.  EPM Live has made it easy for every organization to gain control of their project and work portfolios.  

For a more in-depth understanding and explanation of the components laid out in this blog, read the full, free, white paper here!

For more information on how the EPM Live PPM solution can help you meet your PPM needs contact us at info@epmlive.com or click here for a free trial

EPM Live Launches New Training University!

I am very excited to announce the launch of the EPM Live Training University! This online Learning Management System is truly unique in the way that is connects EPM Live customers to a virtual classroom where users can access all End User and Site Collection Admin (SCA) training for EPM Live Products.

EPM Live was recently highlighted by GetApp.com for its customer centricity vision. “With thousands of customers, we need to provide as many resources as possible to maintain user success.  EPM Live University was the next step in the process proceeded by our forums, live chat, videos, knowledgebase and tutorials.”

The EPM Live University, online Learning Management System provides users with seamless interactions between registering for instructor-led training webinar, on-demand video viewing, and reading written tutorials, without having to take extra steps through third party websites. Flexible and convenient, the EPM Live University is set to pave the way for standardizing PPM training systems and websites.

As the EPM Live Project, Portfolio and Work Management Solution continues to push the boundaries of traditional Project Management, we will continue to improve and drive the industry standard for customer  support to help them succeed with their work and project tasks.

To learn more, contact us at info@epmlive.com for more information!

EPM Live Recognized as the "Best of Project Management"

EPM Live is honored to be recognized as the “Best of Project Management” by FindTheBest.com. Our unique Microsoft SharePoint-based Enterprise Project, Portfolio and Work Management Solutions push the boundaries of traditional Project and Portfolio Management. We have been dedicated to creating cutting-edge PPM applications and being recognized as a leader in the Project Management industry is a true honor!

FindTheBest is an unbiased, data-driven comparison engine. They organize and present data in a consumer-friendly format so that consumers can make quick and informed decisions based on what’s important to them. FindTheBest gathers ratings from the most respected experts in each category. They then assign a normalized score (not every critic has a 1-100 system) to each expert’s review and present users with ONE overall rating—The Smart Rating.

FindTheBest found that EPM Live’s project software offers “more” functionality for users, “drastically more” collaboration features, “far more” resource management features and excellent technical support, noting 6 different technical support channels which is 82% more than other project management providers.

EPM Live functionality includes Collaboration, Document Management, Issue Tracking, Project Portfolio Management, Resource Management, Scheduling and Web Applications. “The more functionalities that your project management software offers, the more aspects of the project you are capable of managing” noted FindTheBest.

EPM Live’s Online Project Management makes collaboration easier for multiple project team members to work together toward completing the project at hand. Team members can access Dashboards, Email Integration, Forums, Issue Tracking, Messaging or instant messaging, MS Project Integration, RSS Feed, Team Calendars/Timelines and Wiki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPM Live recognizes that employees are the most valuable asset and the biggest expense for most organizations. The ability to deploy employees effectively against often conflicting projects and other work priorities enables organizations to optimize their return on human resource investments. EPM Live’s Resource Management includes Check in/Check out, Costs, Email Addresses, Groups, Import Resources, Materials/Supplies, Resource, Resource Details, Skill Sets and Time Sheets noted FindTheBest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Support, we’re here to help! We provide many facets for users to access technical support; Blog, FAQs, Forum, General Support, Online Video Demo, Phone Customer Service and our recently released Community Support page! FindTheBest said EPM Live offers, “a total of 6 different technical support channels, which is 82.1% more than the average for all Project Management. More support channels means that you have more options for receiving help from EPM Live using and understanding your project management software.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 EPM Live software is flexible and relevant to meet the needs of every business. We offer FREE trials of each of our project solution editions and believe in the right to choose the best deployment option to fit your organization. EPM Live Project, Portfolio and Work Solutions can be leveraged on-premise, hosted or SaaS.

“We continue to receive confirmation of our vision to evolve the traditional, powerful capabilities of Project and Portfolio Management and extend the same value-driven concepts to all work areas within an organization,” said Joe Larschied, EPM Live CEO, “we are honored to be recognized by FindTheBest for being the Best!”

Jack in the Box Implements EPM Live to Reduce Cost and Improve PPM Maturity

EPM Live recently sat down with Kourtney Kennedy, PMP, Manager of Jack in the Box IT Portal Development.  Jack in the Box is one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains with more than 2,200 restaurants in 19 states.  Most people don’t know they were even responsible for developing the first major hamburger chain drive-thru.

Now that you know who they are, let’s touch on EPM Live’s relationship with Jack.  Jack in the Box had a common pain point with many IT organizations today; they had a multi-maturity organization that required a Project, Portfolio Management (PPM) solution that would meet the needs of each individual, each team and every department.  EPM Live has completed hundreds of large EPM implementations since its conception in 1999.  It is refreshing to see that many of the common challenges that were faced 5 years ago have been addressed with easy to use, yet comprehensive technology.  It is no longer impossible for organizations to have a one-size-fits-all solution that will indeed meet the needs of every stakeholder.  Jack in the Box is the perfect case study to reflect this evolution.  The system was designed to give executives visibility into all project and work initiatives within the organization, while at the same time, meeting the needs of each individual team.  They type of work didn’t matter, EPM Live could handle iterative planning for the product teams, complex project planning for IT and lightweight planning or simple to do lists for all other functional teams.  Take a look at some of the highlights below; to download the full case study or view the case study video, please click here.

Challenge:

  • Jack in the Box was using multiple segregated systems to run their projects
  • There were multiple project management maturity levels within the organization.  Jack in the Box could only accommodate those who were mature enough to use a complex toolset.   Adoption was low and there was resistance to use the current system in place
  • Project schedules were scattered and were not available for global visibility
  • Project communication was not structured nor centralized
  • Project requests were copied and pasted into toolset and received through multiple methods
  • IT contracts and requests were difficult to submit, making IT services hard to obtain

Solution:

  • Support 687 users and over 600 projects
  • Leverage system already in place (SharePoint) to protect current IT investments
  • Remove disparate and segregated legacy systems and accommodate all users, all work and all processes
  • Map to current processes already in place
  • Meet requirements for multiple teams, users and roles
  • Aid in the portfolio management selection process by scoring project requests via defined KPIs

Results:

  • Global visibility into work and projects across the entire organization for more informed decision making and control
  • Reduction of dollars spent on redundant systems and duplicated effort
  • Organized method of managing work to reduce resource effort and increase productivity
  • Standardized tools and processes to implement best practices and repeatable processes
  • Eliminated the risks and costs associated with implementing the wrong projects or those that would provide minimal value to the organization
  • Roadmap and plan to gradually increase PPM maturity across the organization
  • One tool to support all users and processes
  • Increased value of IT by automating processes and making it easy for business owners to make requests

If you would like more information on how EPM Live can help your multi-maturity organization, please feel free to contact us or join one of our recent webinars, “Implementing Enterprise Project Portfolio Management for a Multi-maturity Organization“.  To sign up for a free trial, please click here.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Uses EPM Live to Improve Visibility and Reduce Costs

As a center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is responsible for space missions exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond. The laboratory employs approximately 5,000 people and is running a large number of projects at any given time.

The organization was using Microsoft Project Professional within the laboratory to give project management teams access to project schedules. However to share the schedules, JPL’s Project Schedule Analysts (PSAs) needed to create portable document files (PDFs) and then place them in a file share directory for access by project team members.  This meant that the schedules viewed by team members were a static image of project status at any given point in time, and did not provide any ability to drill down into items or make changes. When engineers needed to make a change they had to coordinate with the PSAs, creating additional work for both roles.

JPL decided to deploy WorkEngine from EPM Live, an Enterprise Project Portfolio and Work Management solution that integrates Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Project Server to achieve improved schedule visibility, greater collaboration, and reduce costs.

Various projects are being migrated to the WorkEngine solution, including plans and schedules for major upcoming flight projects. With EPM Live’s WorkEngine solution, project schedule visibility has been transformed from a static view of the project at any given time into real-time access for all project teams to review and status.

By deploying a project management solution that is integrated with SharePoint Server, JPL is able to create project workspaces where teams can access schedules and other key project information in a single location. This has improved collaboration within the teams, as employees can work together on documents, calendars, tasks and other items, removing version control issues. Project teams have real-time access to data, which boosts productivity among employees.

As well as benefiting from improved collaboration and visibility, JPL anticipates significant cost reductions from moving to an enterprise project management solution. A PSA can create approximately 30 PDFs of schedules during an update cycle, including the top level schedule and a version for each Cost Account Manager. Using the web view will save PSAs up to half a day’s work each week. JPL will also create cost efficiencies through improved collaboration by integrating its projects.

To learn more about how we work with other government agencies, contact us.

Project Manager Today Shares EPM Live Product Review

Steve Cotterell of Project Manager today takes a look at EPM Live, “A SharePoint add-on that turns it into a full-blown portfolio, project and work management tool.”

“Microsoft’s SharePoint is a major player on the corporate collaboration scene. It therefore makes perfect sense that any project oriented organisation that’s invested SharePoint technology would want to take advantage of that investment when considering what project management software they should use. Enter EPM Live, an American company with offices in London and Australia and partners in thirty-five other countries. There are currently three Engines in EPM Live’s portfolio:   Project, Portfolio and Work Engines.”

Project Manager Today provides an unrivalled means of addressing the project & programme management communities in the UK and overseas.   To read the full review click here.

Implementing Enterprise PPM for a Multi-maturity Organization

The Project Portfolio Management (PPM) evolution has made great leaps and bounds over the last few years. For this reason, I believe there are still a few common misconceptions that remain linked to the topic of PPM discussions everywhere. Before diving into misconception #1, it is important for you to know that PPM CAN be for everyone, regardless of maturity. If you have a multi-maturity organization, join us for our upcoming webinar to see how you can have a one size fits all PPM solution tailored to meet the needs of every user within your business.

Systems are put into place to resolve pain points, address challenges and return a positive value impact on the underlying need for PPM within the organization. PPM success factors could be defined by an increase in resource productivity, a decrease in spending or the general ability to be able to do more with less. Here’s where the misconception comes in; PPM is, for the most part, known as a complex discipline. In many organizations, PPM systems are often defined and used by those within the organization who are mature enough to understand the data that goes in and the meaning of the data that comes out.  Well, understanding the data is one thing, validating the data is another.  PPM systems will net a much greater return if all resources (those who are managing the work and those who are performing the work) are using the tool.  It is no longer fair to assume that the true PPM practitioners within your organization are the only ones qualified to use a PPM system.  Notice that I said “those who are managing the work”.  In order to have a complete portfolio that reflects true spend, every user must be included.  I’m happy to say that in today’s PPM world, that is possible.  In fact, EPM Live has brought PPM to thousands of users and has met the individual maturity needs of each and every client.  So now that we got the misconception out of the way, let’s talk a little about maturity.

What is a PPM Maturity Model and why is it so important?  PPM Maturity Models have played an important role in history, preparing organizations and IT leaders to better their Project and Portfolio Management processes. The ability to practice these types of strategic disciplines to better align with your organization’s strategic objectives is called Organizational Project Management Maturity.

In today’s competitive market it is critical for organizations to leverage their IT infrastructure to better these processes and continue to move up the maturity curve. It is proven that organizations with higher maturity can expect to see better return and performance on their project portfolio and could potentially lead to competitive advantage. Why? Because a portfolio that is managed in accordance with a PPM Maturity Model, such as Gartner’s, can help organizations identify their weaknesses, determine and set priorities, and play a key role in establishing goals to better the overall organization.

Does this mean that every organization should set a goal of going from level 0 maturity to level 5 in 90 days?  Absolutely not, in fact, quite the contrary. Moving up in maturity at a rapid pace will only introduce risks and ultimately result in low adoption or acceptance for all those involved. Organizations must realistically assess where they reside in the maturity model and set practical, incremental goals that are achievable and obtainable through gradual adoption. The Gartner PPM Maturity Model involves 5 core dimensions and 6 levels:

5 Core Dimensions:

  • People- Your most valuable asset on any project is the people. Their skill set, their involvement or availability and their ability to follow processes and deliver on projects are all crucial characteristics of project management maturity
  • PPM Processes- Processes are the activities, tasks, or workflow that is used to establish an end result. The granularity and complexity of the processes we use through project management disciplines whether it be portfolio management, resource management, time management or task management have a great impact on the end result
  • Financial Management- All project related work, in addition to materials, have a direct impact on your projects bottom line. How you track and manage this information will most definitely play a role in your project’s success
  • Technology- This one is a sweet spot for EPM Live. Technology is critical. How and with what tool you will manage every aspect of your portfolio will ultimately determine your ability to improve productivity which in turn affects your resources, your dollars, your time and the quality in which you deliver
  • Relationships- This one seems to require little explanation. The relationship we have amongst our stakeholders (project teams, customers, leadership) can make or break a project. Communication is key and the way we collaborate and nurture these relationships is of utmost importance

So how does EPM Live technology stack up against the Gartner PPM Maturity Model?  EPM Live believes that PPM Maturity is critical for project success. We also understand that most organizations fall between level 0 and level 1 maturity.  EPM Live provides the tools necessary to help organizations improve their PPM maturity while at the same time aligning with the organization’s strategic goals as you transition up the maturity ladder. For this reason, EPM Live offers a solution path to success that will help you determine where you are in organizational maturity, where you want to be moving forward and a roadmap to get you there!

IT Predictions for 2012 – Are You Riding the Trend?

If it isn’t evident yet, it will be… 2012 is going to be one for the books. We didn’t just ring in a New Year, we rang in the new norms for conducting business. PMO’s now more than ever are expected to continually adjust and embrace the new revolutionary model. Gartner is predicting that PPM (Project Portfolio Management) leaders will be forced to respond by embracing a new emerging revolutionary model that requires constantly changing organizational structures, tools and processes.

Last month I listened to “Talking Technology” Gartner’s Monthly Newsletter Audio Magazine.  Host Scott Smith was interviewing Gartner’s Research Managing VP, Daryl Plummer, about his top IT predictions for 2012.  Plummer said he expects CIO’s to play a more strategic role in the business, by predicting what IT trends are coming and how to take advantage of them.

Keeping up with the trends seems simple enough but the ever evolving idea of “trends” has taken on a new twist in 2012.

Plummer went on to talk about the evolution of what I’m going to call the big 3… the cloud, social and mobile. All three of these components will come together in 2012 and this growth of information is expected to form a new business phenomenon.

Plummer defined mobile as the access mechanism, social as the behavioral style or interaction style, and the cloud as the means of delivery. The big three come together to create information, the analytical foundation that will drive your strategic business decisions.  All these components makeup today’s new business phenomenon.

Plummer also raised the issue of the idea of “Big Data”.  “Because of the new evolving norms of doing business through social, mobile and the cloud applications, information is coming at us fast and furious, in structured and unstructured forms. It’s more information coming at us then we have time to analyze,” said Plummer. Gartner predicts that by 2015 more than 85% of Fortune 500 companies will fail to effectively properly exploit big data for a competitive advantage.

So how are companies supposed to adapt?  Executives and Project Managers must embrace the new norm. You can’t fight it, you can’t stop it, you have to be the first to implement them right by choosing a flexible solution to aide in your strategic planning and to help create and monitor processes for selecting the right work for a profitable portfolio. You need to be able to bring all information into one central location so nothing falls through the cracks, and be able to adjust and reinvent your approach from Project Management to Marketing.

Like most of you, we at EPM Live strive to always be on top of the trends, but we have one thing that sets us apart from the rest…our products. EPM Live’s PortfolioEngine takes the pain out of Portfolio Planning. PortfolioEngine is a SharePoint-based, top-down Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Solution that empowers executives to make critical business decisions with confidence. Leveraging EPM Live’s award winning PortfolioEngine capabilities, this tool will put you one step ahead of the competition helping you achieve a competitive advantage by choosing the right projects to drive your business toward its strategic objectives.

Here’s a look at some of PortfolioEngine’s capabilities that will help Project Managers and Executives stay on top of the new business phenomenon.

  • Increased visibility into real-time project investment status, allowing the user to monitor progress in terms of actuals and forecasts on key dimensions such as cost, schedules, benefits and risks.

  • Leverage portfolio analytics tools to make better decisions when selecting projects and work for execution. Gain real-time insight into rich analytics such as color-coded heat maps and portfolio modeling capabilities.

  •  Create resource capacity plans to get a true picture of resource demand across all work. Estimate role-based resource hours to ensure the resource plan can be fulfilled given current resource workload and availability.

  • Design custom workflows to automate business processes across the enterprise. Project workflows may include document reviews, approvals, stage-gating and archiving, among others. Quickly create workflows to take care of routine processes on project sites, such as sending notifications or creating tasks.

Try PortfolioEngine’s FREE 30 day trial and get a feel for how choosing this solution will empower your business to make 2012 the most profitable year yet.

And remember, “You have to figure out how your company is going to deal with cloud, social, mobile and information. These four forces are affecting everything that you do and by understanding where you stand with these items will give you the foundation for evaluating your own future. Without that it will be a rough ride…with it you can actually open the door to new opportunities you may not have even realized exist,” Daryl Plummer, Gartner’s Research Managing VP.

How EPM Live Aligns With the Top 10 Project Management Trends of 2012

I recently stumbled upon an interesting article on PM Hut that identifies and describes the top 10 project management trends of 2012, as determined by ESI International senior executives and subject matter experts.  At EPM Live, we strive to keep our products and services ahead of the curve, and in alignment with industry best practices and standards.  It was with great delight, though without surprise, to see that EPM Live’s products are right in tune with many of the top 10 trends for this year.

As said by ESI International, “custom-made project approaches, innovative project tools and smarter resource management will be essential for driving the greatest business impact.”  Yes, we agree!

1.  Program management will gain momentum, but resources remain in short supply

With EPM Live tools, you can effectively plan resources from initial high-level role based planning down to detailed work item assignments, and ensure that the right resources are appointed.  When resource scarcity is an issue, plan and assign resources accurately to maximize their availability without over-allocating them to too much work.  Maximize resource allocation by ensuring the right resources are assigned to the right work at the right time.  Some of these tools include our Resource Planner and Analyzer, Resource availability reports, what-if-modeling for resource assignments, and more!  Click here to read more about resource management available with EPM Live.  To view PortfolioEngine Resource Management capabilities click here.

2.  Collaboration software solutions will become an essential business tool for project teams

“Collaboration is central to project management and having a site which allows project artifacts to be created, shared, and distributed within a repository that provides Web-based access and critical functions such as automatic distribution and notification, version control, and user authentication, greatly enhances productivity.”

EPM Live offers many ways for project teams to easily collaborate with one another and communicate efficiently.  The EPM Live solutions are built on SharePoint, so we’re able to start with all the well-known collaboration capabilities, and then add EPM Live’s collaborative tools.  Share knowledge and better collaborate with your work teams to increase productivity and efficiency through various modes of communication.  Some of these examples include comments threads on work items, workspaces for teams to focus on project-specific collaboration, easy statusing of work items, flexible alerts and notifications, and much more!  Click here to see many of the collaboration tools available from EPM Live.

3.  Learning transfer will become the new mantra, but with little structured application

4.  Agile blends with waterfall for a new “hybrid” approach

EPM Live offers pre-built templates that allow teams to manage projects using a variety of methodologies.  This includes Agile & Waterfall joined as a hybrid approach, as well as the same solutions independently.

We have a related blog on this topic.  Click here to read more about Waterfall plus Agile as hybrid planning with EPM Live.  To see some of the work template offered with EPM Live’s WorkEngine, click here.

5.  Smarter project investments will require a stronger marriage between project management and business process management (BPM)

“The more impact the project has on reducing internal costs, the higher it will be ranked. The “smart” money will be spent on driving costs out of the business.”

With EPM Live, organizations gain visibility across the portfolio, and can utilize tools to ensure the right projects are selected and managed, in accordance with important business-wide drivers and priority scoring.  Capture and determine the right mix and sequencing of proposed projects and ideas to best achieve the organization’s overall goals. View various reports to evaluate which projects bring the most value to the business.  Click here to read an EPM Live white paper about successful portfolio planning.

6.  Internal certifications in corporations and federal agencies will eclipse the PMP®

7.  More PMO heads will measure effectiveness on business results

“To judge business effectiveness, PMO heads need to determine if their work has had a positive, quantifiable effect on the business in terms of troubled project reduction, lower project manager attrition, and faster time to market. In 2012 the practice of measuring the outputs, not the inputs, of project management will gain traction.”

Reporting is essential to see not only how the business is doing with regards to their active portfolio of projects and work, but also to see how successfully they closed out completed projects, for metrics & future improvement.  EPM Live has many out of box reports available, and the capabilities to modify existing and build new custom reports.  Click here for more info about reporting & business intelligence from EPM Live.

8.  Good project managers will buck unemployment trends

9.  Client-centric project management will outpace the “triple constraint”

“The new definition of project success is that a project can exceed its time and cost estimates so long as the client determines that it is successful by whatever criteria they use. In today’s environment, project value is determined by the “recipient”—or client—not the “provider.””

EPM Live offers flexible & configurable project success criteria and business drivers.  This allows your organization to determine how you will grade your projects and requests, objectively scoring them in accordance with those business drivers.  This can also be done in terms of determining the final success of an active or closed project.  Take those same capabilities of the project selection scoring, and incorporate them as objectively scoring the success of the projects.   Click here for more about the portfolio management capabilities available from EPM Live.

10.  HR professionals will seek assessments to identify high-potential project managers

 

Note: All quotes are from the PM Hut article.  To view the full article posted by ESI International on the PM Hut site, click here.

 

2012 Resource Planning – Download a Free White Paper

Employees are the most valuable asset and the biggest expense for most organizations.  Any organization that fails to manage their resources to ensure sufficient capacity is available, and that they are being assigned and managed efficiently, risks losing control of its project and work costs and having its business activities seriously constrained.  The ability to deploy employees effectively against often conflicting projects and other work priorities enables organizations to optimize their return on human resource investments. In order to maximize both task throughput and company morale, resource and project managers need an efficient system to place the appropriate staff on the right teams at the right time.

Over the past year EPM Live has had the opportunity to work with thousands of users to improve their overall effectiveness of delivering projects within their organizations.  Given the current economy and status of many businesses today, there has been an overwhelming need to improve Resource Management planning and processes throughout 2011.  In the spirit of the New Year, here are a few tools to help you with your 2012 resource planning!

Download a Free Resource Management White Paper

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