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Bridging the gap between project management strategy and implementation

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Consistent planning and business strategy implementation are essential for any organization; from keeping up with competitors to adjusting to market trends and just about any other business-related functionality in between. However, studies show that there is a worryingly high failure rate when businesses go from forming a strong PPM project management strategy to successfully implementing it. Read More

How much can you save with a resource management plan

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Like any valuation exercise, attaching an estimate of value from a resource management plan or a portfolio management system can be challenging.  There are so many techniques and so many variables; oftentimes, the credibility of those variables and their underlying assumptions can quickly be challenged. Other techniques involve non-quantifiable assumptions around relative value. Again, these techniques are prone to simplifying assumption bias.  In my opinion, we need a quantitative approach to do this right and – as famed consultant Peter Drucker once said – “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”

So, before selecting a method and running the numbers, let’s look at why people seek out resource management plan software.  In general, we see a demand for:

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How to become strategically proactive

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In Yahoo’s series on NFL veterans-turned-entrepreneurs, one of the most insightful articles highlights how the ability to adapt strategy is as useful in business as it is in football. The contributor explains how he achieved his long term goal of being a successful player by being flexible and adjusting on an almost constant basis. The same goes for his business career; to achieve long term goals, he set a plan, yet avoided being too rigid. Read More

The state of Resource Management: An interview with PMzOne’s Daniel Zitter

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  • 50% of all projects are not resourced properly and 20% of all projects should never have been started in the first place
Those are some pretty alarming statistics, right? For those of us who work in the PPM / Resource Management world, we would never knowingly start a project that is destined to fail from the outset. Yet the findings from this November industry report by the Project Management Institute suggest that we need to do much more to make sure our projects start off on the right foot. Read More

Discover the keys to Resource Management success

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Resource portfolio management is one of the most important challenges facing businesses today. Whether you oversee a team of ten or a company of 10,000, ensuring you have the right resources for the right job at the right time is incredibly challenging.

In today’s volatile market, challenges are often unpredictable and you need to be agile and ready to adapt. Those who can nimbly reallocate resources in response to new obstacles on the horizon and change their game plan when required will succeed. Those who don’t will struggle to stay afloat. So what are the keys to resource management success?

At ProSymmetry, we meet business people the world over who are struggling with key issues around resource management:

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PMO responsibilities and what to look out for

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The International Prototype of the Kilogram has been kept in a glass jar at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (International Office of Weights and Measures) in Paris since 1889. The prototype is made of an alloy that is 90% platinum and 10% iridium and is kept under strict supervision, deep within the building.

You might wonder why a simple kilogram needs such high security, to be kept under lock and key. Quite simply, because without an internationally recognized and agreed weight for a kilo, anyone would be able to claim their products were the correct weight and short change their customers. Read More

The 5 key skills of an effective Resource Manager

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The news that U.S. job openings are at a record high is something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it shows employers are bullish about the economy going forward. However, the pace of hiring across the nation hasn’t caught up with the number of jobs out there, suggesting HR teams are struggling to find resources that have the right skills and talents.

If your job involves managing resources, you’ll be well aware of the damage that being short on skilled staff can have on the business. Read More

How can you ensure effective resource management?

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Project management (in the modern sense) has now been established for around 65 years, but it’s not difficult to argue that the concept of project management has been around since the beginning of history. As you would expect, it has gone through many changes in that time; however, it’s remained prominent due to the substantial, explicit values that many in the industry can relate to. Read More

How to master the art of getting your data into a ppm tool

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One of our goals when building Tempus Resource was to make it an extremely versatile product. We know that some customers use it as a standalone PPM tool, while others use it alongside existing an tool. So, we wanted to make sure we could support the flexibility our users demanded.

In this post we wanted to illustrate some of the ways Tempus Resource can be used, and the methods we support to get data in.

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Why Excel doesn’t cut it as a resource management tool

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More and more companies are leaving Excel behind for 21st Century resource management tools. Microsoft’s spreadsheets have been a staple with project managers for many years, yet the technology and the needs of the industry have moved on. While Excel is fine for small teams and limited programs of work, a more powerful solution is needed for larger, more dynamic projects.

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