VPMi Blog – Finish What You Start

6 Things a PM Can’t Say to Their Boss Any Longer

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We work in an ever changing and disruptive world. Many products (and companies) we found indispensable 5 years ago have been replaced with better, faster, cheaper, or more convenient products. The stress of our disruptive new world order has changed how we, as project managers, interact with our manaagement. In light of this, here are 6 things you should never tell your boss (and innovative ways you should handle these sticky situations).

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PPM without Getting Fired? Step 5: Clear Your Calendar

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In the 16 years we have been working with customers (big and small) on their project portfolio management implementations we have seen every mistake in the book. Unfortunately, some mistakes turn into implementation disasters where budgets, time, and the careers (of those who picked the software and planed the roll-out) go to die. Don't let this happen to you. There are definitely ways to implement a resource and project management solution that minimizes the chance you will fail to meet expectations and will have to take the walk of shame with your stuff in a cardboard box. Let's review the […]

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PPM without Getting Fired? Step 4: Find a Bad Cop

Find a Bad Cop for your PMO implementation
I am constantly giving VPMi demos based on features people want in their resource and project management software.  More often than not the implementation is botched, the wrong tool is selected, training is ignored, the process is non-existent (or stifling), and just like the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland – it is "off with their heads!" It doesn't have to be that way.  In my 16 years working with successful PMOs I’ve learned there are ways to implement a resource and project management solution and make sure you not only keep your job, but advance. Let's review the […]

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Project Management Failures: Search for Malaysia Air FL370

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Malaysia Air Flight 370 vanished on March 8, 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. In the weeks that followed there was international finger pointing, government accusations of ineptitude, public distrust and the perception of thousands of wasted hours. Here are the top 6 project portfolio management “lessons learned” from the missteps in the management of the search for Malaysia Air Flight 370.

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PPM without Getting Fired? Step 3: Recycle

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I am constantly giving VPMi demos based on features people want in their resource and project management software. They ask about graphs, charts, and other visually stimulating capabilities more at home on an entertainment site then a project management solution. I’m always happy to show what VPMi can do. But, I’m always waiting for someone to ask about our ability to setup and reuse a standard template. Sure, it may be buried on page 5 of 7 in the detailed RFP, but it never comes up in a functionality demo. Once again, it’s usually a case of the leaders implementing […]

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