Why Todays PMOs Need Dynamic Flexibility and Actually Perform Project Portfolio Management

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on August 6, 2015

With all the economic, environmental, social and other changes around us, PMOs are feeling that the pressure of achieving more – and quite often achieving more with less (money and resources) – is continuously increasing. When I say “Achieve” I mean achieve more goals, benefits and objectives that support the businesses changing strategies and tactics, not

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How to Remove the Gap Between WebParts on PDP

Posted By Posted by: Khurram Jamshed on May 7, 2015

In the world of Project Server/Project Online, we deal with Project Detail Pages (PDPs) to place custom fields using basic info web-parts all the time. There is often a need to drop more than one basic info web-part on to the same page and to group similar fields. I usually do this when I have

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How to Migrate Projects to PWA & Retain Cross-Project Dependencies

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on April 22, 2015

Context: As we work with clients to leverage the benefits of Project Server, clients frequently ask how they can migrate locally-saved master schedules to Project Server while retaining cross-project dependencies. The objective of this blog is not to cover the broader topic of schedule migration and general best practice, or how to create cross project dependencies (great

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Project Hand Over Best Practices for PMO’s to Project Managers

Posted By Posted by: Khurram Jamshed on January 14, 2015

I was recently creating a project hand-over process for a PMO and after performing the required PMO activities, the project was to be handed over to the Project Manager for execution.  The process comprised a list of activities that Project Managers have to perform to accept the project from the PMO so that he/she can

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How to Use MS Project for Scheduling in the Construction Industry

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on December 11, 2014

Quite often I hear from our construction clients that the typical Primavera is the “right” tool for scheduling construction projects and that MS Project is not “right”. When we get down to the details of why MS Project isn’t right, it boils down to two common issues: 1.  It’s not possible in Microsoft Project to

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Accessing a SharePoint Document Library from Windows Explorer

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on November 6, 2014

A frequently asked question by clients who utilise document libraries in SharePoint to store documents is – can I access them directly from my Office Applications like Word, Excel or Windows Explorer? The good news is yes and it’s not difficult to do if you follow the below steps: 1.        Browse to the desired Document

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Introducing The Project Clan – A Guide to Differentiate Between Project, Project Online, Project Professional for Office 365 and Other Similar Terms

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on September 3, 2014

Microsoft’s decision to embrace the cloud has been a game changer resulting in many more organisations being able to embrace Microsoft’s’ Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution suite and realise the related benefits.  However, new terms have caused confusion with some of my clients so I have put together a simple explanation of key terms.

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It’s a Wrap….Highlights from the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on August 11, 2014

The annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) was in early July.  Senior consultant, Dan Stopher, attended on behalf of EPM Partners and joined more than 16,000 people in Washington DC to gain valuable insights into the direction in which Microsoft is heading. Dan reports the conference was an amazing experience. Senior Microsoft Management representatives –

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Project Server and Matrix Organisations

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on July 17, 2014

Most organisations I have worked with are functional or a matrix organisation, i.e. they group staff to separate ‘functional’ units (based on specialisations and roles). Mostly these units work on activities assigned to its resources only by a line manager (i.e. local activities). These activities are usually BAU, administrative and service request activities. However these

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