Let’s take a moment to think about the importance of the Public Sector. The government, its departments, public corporations, municipal councils, agencies and other bodies are vital to the way we live. From healthcare to social housing and education to refuse collection; without proper management and conscious planning, the public sector can very quickly run into problems. And these are issues that could have an effect on thousands – if not millions – of lives. As members of the public, we are highly invested in these organisations, not least because we provide the income necessary for them to function. Continue reading >>
People have developed a whole series of expressions about overkill – a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’, a ‘bazooka to kill a fly’, or (as in Russian), ‘to shoot sparrows with a canon’. Overloading and saturating can be just as damaging as starving. This principle can be applied practically anywhere – from growing a plant to filling a vehicle engine.
In the workplace, this principle definitely applies to project management. Continue reading >>
Part 1: Introduction and behavioural
Do you ever look back on decisions taken and think, “Why did we do that?”; “Why did we choose that project?”; “Why did we believe that benefits case?”; “Why did make that decision?”.
Research has shown that many of the choices we make and decisions we take are impacted by social, cognitive, memory error biases. Your portfolio board is not immune from this. There’s no shame in it – we, as humans, all suffer (and are guilty of) bias to one extent or another. The purpose of this series of blog posts is to highlight this fact. By providing a little bit of education (which itself is a technique for avoiding bias) regarding biases, and showing you some techniques to help ‘de-bias’ yourself and your organisation’s decision making, by the end of this series you should have the tools and skills to make impartial and rational decisions. Continue reading >>
Since we last wrote about SharePoint 2016, Microsoft – on January 20th – announced the release candidates (RC) for SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server 2016, which are now available for download. This will be the final release of both the SharePoint and Project platforms in preview form before the full release in spring 2016. The Release Candidates have benefited from over 5,000 downloads of previous previews and the feedback gathered from these customers has helped to make these RCs high quality and largely feature complete. In fact, we don’t expect much change from now until the full release. Continue reading >>
Breaking up is hard to do. How do you know when it’s time to quit something and move on? Are you making the right choice? Or will you come to regret your decision further down the road? Sometimes the hardest decisions we have to make are the ones staring us right in the face. Of course, in business, we are faced with important decisions frequently and a company’s ability to make the right choices is fundamental to its ultimate success or failure. Continue reading >>
Those of you who follow our blog will be aware of our work with Arup – the global design and engineering firm. We’re extremely grateful to have worked alongside them, as our partnership earned us the award for Best New Cloud Customer at the EMEA Partner Forum back in September. We’ve built many lasting relationships with the Arup team, which is why we’re even happier to learn that they have chosen to further improve their project and portfolio management (PPM) by investing in Tempus Resource – the resource management tool from our US partner, ProSymmetry. Continue reading >>
Flexibility is an interesting concept. For sports stars, its value might be their most important physical attribute – it’s essential for injury prevention as well as allowing for the highest level of performance. Flexibility is also interesting as a personality trait; i.e. the extent to which a person can cope with changes in circumstances, and consider problems and tasks in original, imaginative ways. This personality trait becomes relevant when stresses and unexpected events occur, requiring a person to change their outlook, attitude, or commitment. To round off, cognitive flexibility is the ability to switch between two concepts as well as simultaneously think about multiple concepts. Continue reading >>
If businesses can be said to be made up of processes and practices, then project management is the string that ties these processes together. Even the largest companies have a resource limit, and good project portfolio management (PPM) makes sure resources are focused in the right areas for maximum efficiency.
PPM is concerned with asking the most pertinent questions about your business practices: Continue reading >>
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
“We live in a constantly changing world” is a line we hear all the time when talking about today’s technology advancements, but this statement has always been true. At any point in history, advancements of that era were cutting-edge. Technology and innovation has always been in a continuous state of progress, and the way business has conducted itself has evolved along with it. Companies who didn’t understand this or failed to take steps to adapt were left behind and became obsolete. Continue reading >>
Even the most tech-savvy and well-informed Microsoft guru may struggle to list off every member of the Office 365 arsenal. This is, of course, a good problem to have; the Redmond tech giant certainly hasn’t been holding back on releasing productivity tools in recent years, as well as providing numerous updates on existing software. Updating and replacing the current E4 plan, the recently released Office 365 Enterprise E5 contains every piece of the productivity platform puzzle. The only problem is that there’s too many pieces to list in one blog post! Continue reading >>