If you want to get your creative juices flowing, you want to know what your sources of inspiration are. Whether you want to resolve an issue, respond to a risk, craft a project strategy, you need to be able to tap into the creative zone of your brain.
Selecting best-fit enterprise software is a difficult task, and you can’t please all the people all the time. This article outlines a data driven and auditable process to pick the software that maximizes ROI and minimizes buyer’s remorse.
In our normal routines, managers attempt to plan every detail of a project to ensure success. Life, on the other hand, is always interfering with that plan and presents us with an unlimited supply of disasters and the occasional crisis. This is my story of a small, natural disaster and how one neighborhood prevailed.
It’s all too easy to skip vendor due diligence when buying enterprise software. This is an important part of the evaluation and selection process that can help avoid starting a business relationship with a vendor that just will not work in the long term.
Software lifecycle management and freeway construction management share some common uncertainty and risks, but whether you're installing roads or software, you can manage by adopting these sound strategies.
Any enterprise software selection project starts with a journey of discovery where you find out what your organization truly needs. But how do you know when you have reached the end of that journey and discovered all the requirements?
The rapid pace of innovation in the enterprise software space suggests that it is usually worth starting a new enterprise software project with an evaluation, even if the ultimate result is a development project.
Business projects almost always create change, which can also bring about significant disruption, stress and fear. That anxiety can translate into difficult project stakeholders – not to mention at-risk projects and unmet goals. Knowing how to turn these problematic partners into committed collaborators is essential skill all project managers should master. Here’s how.
Many people think process analysis and optimization should be done before embarking on a software project. This article explains why it is unnecessary when buying commercial off-the-shelf or cloud software.
If you use an old on-premise financial management solution, you have a difficult decision to make over the next few years: do you upgrade the application one last time and get a few more years out of it or move to a modern cloud solution? This is the first of three parts that will help you answer that question.
While organizations use committees to select business-critical software, real world experience shows this doesn’t work as expected. Here's a look at why committees struggle with software decisions and what path leads to more successful enterprise software projects.
Large-scale IT outsourcing deals are doomed to fail if you don’t structure the project properly. Therefore, it’s imperative that during the negotiating and contracting phase you lay the groundwork to mitigate the risks and maintain leverage.
When purchasing enterprise software, detailed requirements must be developed at the start of the project or during implementation. By examining uses for requirements, we make the case that front-loading requirements development reduces risks and improves project success rates.
The prototypical project manager needs financial, scheduling and management skills to keep projects on time and on budget. They also must communicate effectively to diverse business and technical teams — and that's just the beginning. Here's how to target the elusive perfect project manager. rn
We’ve all heard the old adage ‘measure twice, cut once.’ While it might be a cliché, in the project management world it takes on a critical meaning: Choosing to rush through or ignore the project planning process can be a formula for failure.
Do you trust the information you receive from your employees? Many managers seem to have an inherent distrust of the information they receive from their employees. This article discusses three common areas for trust issues.
When suitable vendors fail to respond to a request for information (RFI), projects get delayed and sometimes the wrong enterprise software is selected. This article summarizes ideas for maximizing RFI responses from vendors.
The traditional RFP process fails to deliver consistent results when purchasing off-the-shelf or cloud enterprise software. This article examines problems with the RFP process specific to selecting software and suggests appropriate resolutions.
Evaluating whether or not to outsource your company’s project management functions can be challenging. Before making this potentially risky leap, you have to assess if this is a good move for your business, keeping in mind that what works for your business today may not work in the future.
With marketing taking a growing slice of the IT budget and the rise of shadow IT, some people are asking if IT is still needed. See how to harness the power of vision to increase the relevance of IT to the C-suite.
Using process-centric project plan designs tends to obscure clear communication. Deliverable-centric project plans better support clear communications, make data extraction easier for reporting and enable project manager flexibility to meet their individual project needs.
Project management pros share their top tips for getting workers to use project management software more efficiently and effectively – from entering project updates to leveraging more advanced features.
Doing a detailed requirements analysis before selecting enterprise software helps identify best-fit software and reduces implementation risks. This article answers the question of how much detail should be in those requirements.
Is your organization actively accommodating for chaos or are you simply working to get rid of it? Chaos comes in many forms, some external and some as unintended effects from other internal actions. Actively accommodating for chaos can reduce the war zone feeling in the work place and improve team productivity.
When selecting enterprise software, comparing software products against each other does not identify best-fit products. This can lead to selecting the wrong software, and missing the opportunity to maximize ROI.
Do you know what your employees are really doing every day? Today’s business environment demands a level of organizational agility that is historically unprecedented. Holistic resource utilization management is needed more than ever, as it has become the operational bottleneck.
An effective way to improve the accuracy of software implementation estimates is to use information collected when evaluating the selected product. Better estimates improve project management and reduce the risks of implementation problems.
When purchasing enterprise software, some organizations wait for the implementation phase to flesh out fully detailed requirements. See the advantages of moving this work to the requirements gathering phase of the project.
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