25 Oct

5 Keys to a Successful PPM Implementation

It’s sort of like taking a wrong turn on your way to buy a GPS; or being late for an appointment to pick up a new watch.

You’ve decided to add focus and clarity to the execution of enterprise projects by implementing project and portfolio management (PPM) software, and somewhere along the line, your PPM project went off the rails—just like all those other IT, marketing, and services projects that sent you looking for a solution in the first place.

Unfortunately it’s a common tale. PMI estimates that up to 70% of enterprise projects fail, and as ironic as it may seem, PPM implementation projects are no exception.

So what are the warning signs, the lessons learned from prior PPM implementations that can help you avoid becoming a statistic? Following are 5 suggestions from the experts at Workfront to help you avoid some of the most common PPM pitfalls: Read More

12 Oct

Preparing Project Teams to Perform Using Science

I literally mean perform, as in on-stage in front of an audience, because this is what happens when a project team meets with clients.

Client meetings are what social psychologists call high-stakes social evaluations. Specifically:

“High-stakes social evaluations are characterized by a power asymmetry in the sense that the evaluator has control over the future of the individual being evaluated.”
Source: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9547823

Clients always have control over their future with your business. If you’ve ever been in a meeting like one of these, you know how high-stakes they can be:

The sales demo in front of the whole client team, including that one angry exec who hates what you’re selling.

  • The proposal review where you’re grilled by finance, IT and security.
  • The project kickoff. Always.
  • The project update meeting where you have to report a major delay.
  • The emergency meeting, where you need to rescue a project gone off the rails.
  • The meeting to review the client’s contract and increase fees.

In this article, we’ll look at two very different research studies that, together, spell out exactly what a project team can do to increase the success of these high-stakes client meetings. Read More

30 Sep

The List of Lists…100+ Apps and Tools for Every Business Need

Through the years, we have been honored to work with clients at every stage and across every function of their business. Whether it was helping a ‘mom an pop’ write their first letter to a potential client, implementing a new sales funnel for rapid growth firm, or leading new product development/introduction at a global enterprise; we have seen dozens (maybe hundreds) of tools used to accomplish business goals. 

In this post, we wanted to share the ultimate list of apps, groups, and sites for every business need. This isn’t a “KPS” list, rather the result of dozens of ‘best app for…’ searches, reviewing dozens of blogger suggestions, interviews with category experts, and so on. 

While the following layout may not be exact, we have attempted to share them according to a possible business growth path…from entrepreneur to established enterprise. Wherever you are in business, we believe you will find a business tool (or two) that will help…. Read More

06 Apr

The (Unproductive) State of Enterprise Work

KPS was proud and honored to have been invited to participate in the following Webcast, hosted by IDG and CIO Magazine.  Workfront is one of the preferred work management (Project Portfolio Management – PPM) platforms on the market and this conversation was based on their research, into the unproductive nature of so many companies today. Enjoy!

The State of Enterprise Work

The nature of work has changed profoundly over the last several years. Enterprises are getting bigger, with dynamic systems and collaborative teams increasingly spread out across the globe. Unfortunately, communication tools and processes are not keeping pace with this growth and the new paradigm that comes with it.

According to a new study by Workfront, enterprise workers are being pulled away from their work by tools and practices that are supposed to make them more productive. Ultimately, these inefficiencies can turn into conflict, misalignment, increased turnover, wasted resources, and lost opportunities.

Check out this recorded Webcast of a lively discussion with industry experts as we explored:

  • What keeps enterprise workers from getting things done?
  • Where do current processes and productivity tools fail?
  • How can leaders drive more effective collaboration in an increasingly distributed and decentralized work environment?
  • What causes conflict between project teams and departments?
  • How do employees know which work really is highest priority, when multiple people are asking them to deliver now?

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