Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Carrying out ‘what if’ analyses with Tempus Resource

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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

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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 >>

Project Server, Project Server 2013

Project Server Queue Stuck “Waiting To Be Processed”

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After a fresh deployment of Project Server 2013 we hit a strange issue with jobs not being processed by the queue with the unhelpful status message “waiting to be processed”. After waiting for 15/20 minutes to see if the jobs cleared – which they didn’t – we then went through the following basic troubleshooting steps:

  • Restarted Project Queue Service and SharePoint Timer Service across the farm.
  • Checked the time was synchronised between the servers.
  • Cleared the queue and re-submitted some of the jobs.
  • Restarted the entire farm, including DB server.
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Office 365

Holy ODfB File Limits! None??

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Complaints in Shredder

Microsoft has had a ‘little’ bit of feedback from customers (aka complaints) regarding OneDrive for Business not reaching the parts other cloud file systems reach and have decided to take action, other than the action of filing the feedback in the shredder. So they will be taking their ‘really good’ consumer sync client (Onedrive), being the ‘simple reliable robust version’, and will be using it as the basis for the OD4B sync client, calling it the ‘Next Gen Sync Client’. And to provide disgruntled users with some confidence that things are getting better, they have published their roadmap for the improvements coming. Continue reading >>

Program Framework

The bigger picture – How Tempus Resource facilitates decision making

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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 >>