Author Archives: samad_aidane

How to buy Project Management Consulting Services: Service as a Product (SaaP)

When you need to hire a project management consulting firm, knowing in advance exactly what services you are getting and how much they will cost you gives control and peace of mind. Innovative firms are thinking differently about how they charge for their consulting services and they are offering creative ways to package Project Management…

Don’t wait until kick-off to obtain buy-in for your project

A project manager asked: In order to obtain buy-in from your Project Stakeholders at Kick-off, what are some key points to communicate or clear up front? This is one of the fatal mistakes project managers make. If you wait until the kick-off for stakeholders to give their buy-in for the project, it is way too…

How to Break into Project Management-Part 2

In this second installment in this series on how to break into project management, Bruce Harpham, the author of Project Management Hacks, shows us how to tun a process into a project. Getting your start in project management doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need a clear strategy to get started. Learning your way…

ERP Projects: The Complete Survival Manual-Part 1

Managing your first ERP project is the ultimate challenge you will face in your career as a project manager. In this video series, I will share with you practical strategies, tips, and technique so you are prepared to manage these complex projects effectively:   Chapter 1: Chapter 2: Chapter 3: Chapter 4:

Effect of Culture on Innovation – A Conversation with Vivek Wadhwa

From tech entrepreneur to business owner, from accomplished academic to widely published writer, Vivek Wadhwa is an agent of innovation and disruption. His research, which has been supported by several grants from the Kauffman Foundation and by the Sloan Foundation, has been cited in thousands of national and international media outlets since 2007 and has…

5 Great Open Source Project Management Platforms

Open-source has been gaining momentum for some time now. It seems that every year, more companies have been adopting open-source solutions to meet their business objectives. In fact, the results of the 2013 Future of Open Source Survey revealed that 62 percent of respondents believe that more than 50 percent of purchased software will be…

How to be a happy project manager – Part 4

  This post is brought to you by ProjectTMA – Tailored Microsoft Project training and MS project related services to help you develop robust schedules which meet your unique business goals.   Cloud Computing, Bring Your Own Device, Social Media, Big Data. With all the new and changing technologies we must learn about and manage…

How to Compare Project Management Software

Researching different software solutions and comparing them side-by-side on multiple criteria can be a daunting task. I came across a great website that makes it easier for project managers and their teams to research different solutions, compare apples-to-apples, and present finding in an easy to evaluate format. Diego Guadarrama, Senior Product Associate at FindTheBest.com, shows…

Be Prepared: Setting the Stage for a Successful Vendor Management System Implementation

KEY TAKEAWAYS A VMS implementation is only as clean as the data. The way you collect and organize your data can make or break your install. In order for an implementation to be successful, it may need to go in stages. Take full ownership of the elements assigned to your internal team. When your organization…

Assertiveness for Women Project Managers

Naomi shares her insights on why assertiveness is vital for women project managers for delivering successful projects, getting what they want, and commanding respect. Handling high-stakes project situations without seeming either shy or pushy is a critical skill that every project manager must develop. I had the pleasure of talking to Naomi Caietti, a leadership…