Program Framework, Project Management Practice

New and upcoming features to Tempus Resource

| | Leave a comment

Tempus Resource from ProSymmetry solves one of the major issues facing PPM professionals today. That is, how do you manage changes to the distribution of your people across projects? Your resources – the professionals, labourers and contractors who turn your plans into action – are crucial to the success of any project. However, most PPM tools currently only allow limited scope for controlling, changing or modelling changes to their deployment and allocation across projects. Tempus Resource breaks this barrier. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

How remote working is impacting resource management

| | Leave a comment

The longest commute in the UK is a 530 mile journey from the Orkney Islands to central London. Even if your daily trip to work is short by comparison (which we hope it would be), you’re not alone in feeling it’s getting longer. The average commute took 45 minutes in 2003, yet had increased to 54 minutes in 2011 according to the latest census data. Few people love their commute – from traffic jams to stressful train journeys or delayed buses, the stress and strain can drain energy from the start and end of your day. Continue reading >>

Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Online, SharePoint

Change Management and the legal industry

| | Leave a comment

Nobody likes change, especially in the workplace. New working hours can be stressful to those they affect, a new office can be a cold and unwelcoming environment until its occupants warm to it, a new IT system or productivity tool can also throw employees off their usual routine. In short, people are naturally wired to enjoy consistency. It’s safe, reassuring, and expected. Coming in one morning to find any deviation from the norm can thus be unsettling and unnerving. And employers know that unsettled employees are not happy employees, nor as productive as they can be. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

The rise of Resource Management

| | Leave a comment

The economic crash following the global financial crisis of 2008 was, in many ways, a wake up call to industry. Business strategies that were once widely accepted were thrown into doubt and many sectors were forced to re-orientate themselves in an era of financial prudence. The mantra became ‘deliver more for less’, and lawyers have been affected by these changes as much as anyone else:

“The legal profession is being shaken up like never before – and it is not just down to the economic downturn… Reforms first suggested a decade ago are now taking effect and the rise of new technology and the increasingly globalised world we live in are having unexpected repercussions for law firms.” Richard Simmons (editor of TheLawyer2B magazine).

While the industry is facing unprecedented changes, the opportunities which this new context offers are enormous. It is therefore essential to identify the trends and the tools which will prepare the industry for the coming years. Continue reading >>

Project Management Practice, Project Planning

The State of Project and Portfolio Management in the Legal Sector

| | Leave a comment

When you think of the legal sector, Project and Portfolio Management isn’t something that you’d think would have a connection, right? You’d be correct. Much like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the relationship between the two wouldn’t necessarily be classed as natural. Law firms – and lawyers in particular – tend to be more au fait with document and practice management systems to carry out their daily tasks. Systems that have helped them work effectively and efficiently for a number of years now.

However, with changes in the law and changes in how clients now expect the legal sector to work – i.e. less emphasis on just billing and more on being transparent, providing better value for money, assurances over project duration and completion dates. Better planning and preparation of work is now a big requirement and want for many organisations. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Gartner PPM Conference 2015, London, June 8th – 9th

| | Leave a comment

Working in an area as diverse and fast-paced as Project and Portfolio Management is great. Not only for the work we get to do and help we can offer, but also due to the fantastic number of shows and conferences scheduled throughout the year. We always keep an eye on those ‘must-attend’ events as they’re an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues (old and new) and stay on-top of the latest news and announcements from our industry.

The last few months have been particularly busy and insightful for us at Program Framework. Most notably with the Project Spring Challenge Show in April, which focussed on changes in the PPM landscape and how companies are responding to these new shifts. Add to that Microsoft Ignite, which was a huge event and covered all manner of topics, from sharing Microsoft’s PPM vision and roadmap to understanding and utilising Project Pro in Office 365, we’ve been inundated with exciting news, views and developments which both directly and indirectly connect with our industry. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Carrying out ‘what if’ analyses with Tempus Resource

| | Leave a comment

Tempus Resource series 3 / 3

This is our third and final post about Tempus Resource, a state of the art resource management tool from ProSymmetry. In the first post we looked at how managing resources is a major issue for Project Managers, as most existing project management tools lack this capability. In the second post we looked at how Tempus Resource helps users make major resource decisions by letting them build models, and in the final post we’ll look at how this would work in reality.

“What would happen to project costs if we employed two hundred new staff?”; “what would happen to Project A if we split Project B?”; “what would happen to our employees’ workloads if we asked them to commit two hours a day elsewhere?” Program and Project Managers are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their outputs and constantly seek the best results for their portfolios. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Using Tempus Resource to make data driven decisions

| | Leave a comment

Tempus Resource series 2 / 3

This is the second post in our three part series on Tempus Resource, a next-generation Resource Management tool. In part one of the series we looked at the major resource challenges which Project Managers face and showed how Tempus Resource helps users make the best decisions. In this post we’ll be looking in further detail at how the platform does so through the use of its powerful modelling feature.

Program and Portfolio Management is a challenging and dynamic field – and that’s one of the reasons we find it so fascinating. Nonetheless, when enormous budgets are on the line, when project outcomes are in the balance and when facing important deadlines, managing resources is no walk in the park. Even the most insightful and aware Project Manager can’t take every possible factor into account and this loads more risk onto an already unpredictable situation. Continue reading >>

Program Framework

The bigger picture – How Tempus Resource facilitates decision making

| | Leave a comment

Tempus Resource series 1 / 3

This is the first post in a three part series on Tempus Resource, a state of the art platform that helps you make the best decisions for your projects. In today’s post we’ll be overviewing what Tempus Resource does, before looking in greater detail at the tool’s functionality in upcoming posts. 

Numerous surveys with Project Management professionals indicate that a major challenge facing PMs is the diversity of factors involved in bringing a programme of work to completion. Whether it’s time constraints, poor communication or colleagues not getting on board, steering a project to a satisfactory conclusion is a task beset by pitfalls. This is hard enough with even a small team, yet completing major projects with hundreds of workers, resources and logistics across national boundaries poses a whole other level of complexity. Continue reading >>

Program Framework

Modelling for the 21st Century – New Program Framework Whitepaper

| | Leave a comment

When it comes to the crucial decisions which drive business forward, many organisations are forced to make enormous choices based on unreliable information. This is particularly the case in the field of Project Management (PM): lacking oversight of projects, unable to fully visualise the impact of changes or to see how different factors mesh together, PM professionals are often forced to take decisions ‘in the dark’. Currently available tools make it incredibly hard to model changes, require extensive training and lack flexibility. These tools just don’t correspond with the needs of decision makers in large organisations that have a number of simultaneous projects on the go. Continue reading >>