25 Aug

Sad But True For Too Many Projects (Funny)

We recently came across the graphic below and just had to share it!  While this is a funny (in a PM, Geek kind of way) visual for a Monday laugh, it is a sad reality for far too many clients we engage with.  Have a laugh and then contact us to help!

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Graphic found via @cybertext – Thank you!

21 Aug

A Better Way to Find Market Leaders in Project Management Software

Project management software is one of the most widely used business tools, but receives little industry attention compared to fields such as business intelligence or even gamification. This is despite the fact that PM tools are crucial to executing a project of any real scope, especially when working with remote employees, or overseeing multiple ventures. PM software also spans multiple industries, some of the largest being construction and engineering, software development, enterprise, and marketing. However, despite general confusion about the market leading companies in each of these fields, there’s little help for interested buyers, who want a quick way to orient themselves to the field.

Since TechnologyAdvice specializes in helping businesses find software, we decided to fix this problem. First, we identified the most important features for four of PMs largest markets (you can see the specific features below), and ranked our database of over 100 companies against these feature sets. We then took the companies that supported these features (and had strong market presences), and plotted them on the Decision Diamond. Clicking any company allows you to see user reviews, pricing information, and more. Take a look at this screenshot below:

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Here are the feature sets for each industry: Read More

12 Aug

The Benefits of Traditional, Waterfall Project Management

Benefits-of-PMP-CertificationThe “Waterfall” approach to systems analysis and design was created in the 1970s, and gained popularity because of its logical, linear progression. Tasks are broken into five tiers that follow an orderly progression: requirements determination, design, implementation, verification, and maintenance. In the requirements phase, the programmers and client determine the scope of the project; in the design phase, the programmers create both basic and elaborate designs; in the implementation phase, the programmers test the source code as the program is written; in the verification phase, the programmers test the design and correct any errors; and in the maintenance phase, the programmers make any necessary changes in order to ensure that the system will continue operating properly. Each phase must be carefully planned beforehand in order to ensure success. Read More

07 Jul

Business Analysts and Project Success

Ibusiness_analysis_rolen a number of our posts and videos, we have spoken about inappropriate skills being one of the top reasons that projects fail. We also, posted a piece on the value a local city (specifically Raleigh, NC) can add to your competitive advantage, by providing a rich talent pool. Our main point is that PPM tools and various methodologies are all garbage in, garbage out. It all comes down to the skill driving the tools. Knowledge vs Wisdom. In this post, we stick with the theme of talent and the correct resource for project success as we speak with Vicki James, Director of Business Analysis for Watermark Learning. We have seen it a thousand times…everyone one wants a Certified PMP when all they need is a project coordinator. Even worse, most clients don’t consider the role a business analyst plays in the success of their project initiatives. Read More