Resource management is the efficient and effective development of an organization's resources when they are needed.
When it comes to a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution deployment, resource management is one of the most common requirements. Most executives want to know answers to questions like: How is my current resource utilization going? What does my Requirements vs. Committed Capacity charting look like? Can my organization/group handle the requirements that are lined up for them for the upcoming period?
Ironically, while these questions are the most basic and common questions to ask, they're also the most difficult questions to answer accurately. A sensible approach is needed to put the proper framework in place, so that when these questions are asked, you're ready with answers.
Join this webcast to learn how to use a resource management perspective to:
- Use Project Online to set up the project framework, plan the work, execute it, track it, and provide accurate reporting
- Address executives' most common questions about PPM, spanning areas like planning of work, estimation, tracking of actual work, and maintenance of the plans
- Leverage what-if analysis to help you make better informed PPM decisions
The more your business grows, the more complex your challenges become.
As your business evolves, you face some big challenges that may include ensuring timely delivery of profitable, complex client projects; efficient resource management and billable utilization; retaining, developing, and supporting your team, and accurate revenue and resource forecasting. Companies who overcome these challenges are rewarded with stronger control and visibility across resources to improve profitability and professional services delivery.
Optimizing resource management is crucial to profitability, on-time delivery, and client satisfaction for any professional services organization. Yet many are forced to resort to guesswork on staffing projects and forecasting needs — often in a last-minute scramble. Additionally, without proper project-scoping, customers experience cost over-runs and revenues are impacted.
Project Service Automation is a new set of technologies from Microsoft that helps companies make the most of their vital resources. In this webcast, our experts will walk you through key resource and project management functionality in Microsoft Dynamics and highlight best practices to help you improve resource utilization and decrease project over-runs.
Join this webcast to learn how to:
- Optimize resource management to drive profitability, on-time delivery, and client satisfaction
- Reduce project over-runs by accurately forecasting resources and revenue
- Maximize collaboration across teams and the organization
This webcast is part of our Microsoft Dynamics Business Applications webcast series. Sign up for this session, or the entire series today!
Customizing your SharePoint project sites and functions
Learn how to customize the out-of-the-box SharePoint project site within Microsoft Project Server and Project Online.
This session covers the folowing ways to take your SharePoint site from good to great by:
Adding key lists and libraries to the site
Organizing and styling the site
Properly saving the site as a template
Breakthrough project performance improvement comes from redesigning work on an end-to-end basis. Just implementing the MS Project technologies won't get you there.
Using the Project Management Institute's Organizational Project Management Maturity (OPM) model, we will explore strategies to assess and then systematically improve real project performance by focusing on project management processes enabled by information management technology.
Topics that will be covered:
1. What do I get if I invest in project management? Feel good exercise or a real money maker?
2. What is the OPM model?
3. What processes count the most toward improved performance?
4. How to perform an organizational assessment.
5. Defining the gap and getting buy-in for change.
6. It's not just about training! It's not just a software implementation!
7. Building a change roadmap and making it happen.
Project Management can mean different things to different people, depending upon the kind of work they do. In that context, it becomes very important to select the right tool for the job at hand.
Microsoft Office 365 suite has many products that enable project management and collaboration at various levels of maturity of organizations. Project Online, Office 365, SharePoint Online, and Planner each give a different set of capabilities to the users. It is extremely important to select the right tool for the right work, to help maximum productivity and efficiency.
This session will cover each of these products and discuss when these tools are appropriate and what can and cannot be achieved with them.
Join this one of kind session to hear the CA product management team explain how a new research-driven product methodology provides your project teams an elegant user experience that enables the delivery of great projects through great teamwork. With months of customer research in-hand, the product and design team will discuss initial findings and insights that help teams better understand the issues impacting project managers and their teams, and how these findings enable teams to design PPM for the modern workplace.
This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU credit).
With millions of pieces of personal data lost last year, this Summit will focus on whether data breaches are inevitable and if the worst happens, how you should respond to protect your organization. The discussion will center on the topic of risk management as part of the overall project management plan. We will explore various tools and techniques for risk identification, analysis, prioritization, response planning, and monitor/control processes. Examples of real-world data breach cases will be presented to link the theoretical framework with practical application.Read more >
More and more organizations are adopting agile methods to help manage complex work and improve project delivery. If you’re a Project Manager, you may be wondering: Is an agile approach right for my organization? Do I have a role on an agile team, and if so, what is it? How do I make agile methods work in my context?
Join Ann Konkler, Agile Consultant at CA Technologies, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10am PT / 1pm ET, to better understand the role of the Project Manager in an agile business. During this webinar, you’ll learn:
• How Project Managers can have a meaningful role
• Which agile framework is right for you
• How to coordinate across teams when some are applying agile methods and others are not
We want to help you better understand your role as a Project Manager in an agile business. Join us to learn more and bring your questions to this engaging webinar.
Companies invest in Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions because they are looking for a central platform to gain visibility on projects, track and report on progress, and align their strategy to execution. But with so many options in the market, it’s hard to know if you are investing in the solution that is right for your current and future business needs. Join this webinar on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 for an inside view into the key features and functionality to look for in a dynamic PPM solution.
Whether you are new to PPM automation, or looking to replace a PPM solution you’ve invested in already, this webinar will discuss:
- Best practices for researching and selecting the right solution for your unique needs
- Must haves and deal breakers to look out for during the selection process
- Critical differentiators that will determine your success
Organizations are increasingly looking to expand Agile to a greater number of projects and to increasingly diverse business areas. The process and tools that served them well for just a handful of software development projects may well struggle to scale vertically and horizontally and organizations need solutions. Join Andy Jordan, ProjectManagement.com as he discusses the need to evolve Agile approaches in different areas and at different scales.
This session is approved for 1 Project Management Institute (PMI) PMP Credit.
Project Teams rely on countless processes, and project teams find themselves on both sides of the process fence. Not only do they rely on project management processes to achieve their objectives, they also rely on countless enterprise processes. To succeed, project requires sound Project and Portfolio Management, Systems Development, and a myriad of operational and service delivery processes. Though processes are ubiquitous in every company today, they are frequently looked on negatively or even avoided. In this session Steve Romero will discuss the factors that potentially make processes a hindrance, the means and approaches to make processes practical and enabling, and how great processes and process management can empower project teams.
This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU credit).
Collaboration and team working have always been essential components of successful projects, but in today’s technology-driven environment, the composition of those teams and the nature of collaboration have changed. Digitization of business processes and the incorporation of technology into a wide range of products and services are major trends across all sectors. Digital projects are therefore no longer siloed within departments, but involve active participation and ownership from line of business stakeholders across a diverse range of business functions, from marketing to supply chain management and from IT to customer service. In this context, PPM best practice must evolve to meet the needs of these diverse groups, whilst PPM solutions must empower different roles across the organization, some of whom may be less familiar with project management processes. Ovum has recently undertaken a study of PPM best practices and will present its findings, along with recommendations for applying these in your organization. The session will address topics including:
*Why digitization is changing PPM best practice
*How to improve collaboration across multi-disciplinary project teams
*Where agile and DevOps are impacting PPM
*How to extend the benefits of PPM across and beyond the business *Why PPM is a significant enabler of digital transformation
This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU credit).
As Agile and agile thinking has continued to gain traction in organizations beyond the software development teams, project managers are left wondering what it all means to them.
Some Agile practitioners promote the idea the PMs are no longer needed once you make the transition to using a practice such as Scrum. Does this mean that the PM role will become obsolete in Agile organizations? Or does it mean that the role of traditional project manager needs to transform to being a agile project leader?
If you are a PM in an organization making the transition to Agile, come find out what it means to you and what you need to do start the transformation to becoming an Agile Project Leader.
Watch this EMC webcast and learn how solutions and cloud technologies can help improve capital projects performance and simplify project document sharing and transmittals.
Managing capital projects requires addressing many complex challenges at the same time. At every phase of a project, documents need to be managed and shared across large project teams, inside and beyond the organization. During this webcast, we will explore how customers are leveraging solutions to manage documents and enable collaboration across distributed teams. We will highlight real-world examples of companies that are deploying cloud technologies to take control of their projects and simplify sharing project documents and transmittals.
Does your organization have a reliable way to intake project ideas? Do you struggle with how to determine whether project requests align with business strategy? How do you know if the costs will outweigh the benefits?
Join us for a webinar, where we will explore these topics and more. We’ll discuss:
•Providing a standardized idea Input form, making it easier to evaluate potential projects
•How to determine whether ideas align with strategic objectives
•How to determine relative priority across ideas
•The best way to evaluate costs and benefits of high priority ideas
•How to use Idea portfolios for what-if scenarios
•Converting ideas to projects
•Using workflows for Approvals, Action Items and Governance
After discussing these best practices, we’ll use CA PPM show how they can be implemented as a real world, practical solution!
This event is approved for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credit.
There are many myths that project managers and executives simply accept about project management. Dates are mandated. Project managers own the project. Resources are unlimited. On the other side, there are many excuses such as things will never change here. You don’t understand our corporate culture. Our organization can’t work like that. If you have heard any of this or believe any of this, than this session is perfect for you. Come hear world renowned speaker Rick A. Morris, President of R2 Consulting, LLC Mythbust Project Management for you! Rick is an expert in down to earth delivery of simple and executable tips and tricks to get you on a path of powerful change! In a quick hour, walk away with some simple facts and stories that can change the way you think about project management.Read more >
Part 4 of my continuing presentation on integrating Project Management (PMBoK) and ITSM (ITIL) to improve services.Read more >
Analytics projects and initiatives struggle for a wide variety of reasons that cross every aspect of the analytics function, including: business alignment and understanding, data and technology, resource planning and utilization, and budgetary considerations.
In this webinar, IIA Research Director Dan Magestro will share the Analytics Project Lifecycle framework for successfully guiding an analytics project or initiative through its various stages, from initial identification of the business problem to the business action and recognition of the value generated by the work. The framework can be utilized in any situation where analytics is applied to support business needs and processes.
Join us on January 26th to review the eight stages of the Analytics Project Lifecycle and increase the organizational effectiveness of analytics by formalizing the planning phase, optimizing project execution and decision making, and driving toward successful implementation.
Best practices for project planning: bringing together the process and the tools to start projects right!
This webcast will outline the best practices for Project Planning and align them to the capabilities of the Microsoft Project scheduling engine.
We will cover the basic steps to build an optimized plan, so that everything that is known within the project scope is appropriately reflected into an achievable plan.
Included will be:
•The best practices for project scope definition to build the appropriate foundation for an effective project schedule.
•The organizing principles necessary to create an effective a Work Breakdown Structure in Microsoft Project.
•The fundamentals for linking tasks to enable Project to use the appropriate logic when building the schedule; this will include how to use leads and lag, predecessor/successor relationships, and constraints.
•The application of resource management practices to bring credibility to the plan assure that the resources necessary to meet the schedule are available when needed and at the capacity needed.
•A review of the various options for baselining the schedule, cost, and labor to ensure the project plan is prepared for the control and execution stages of the project.
Does your Project Management Office (PMO) have what it takes to orchestrate business transformation?
To truly lead business transformation, you’ll need to get the most from your Microsoft PPM platform. But first you must understand where you are on your PPM journey. Have you established the right foundational capabilities? Are you able to generate the visibility and insight needed to drive better decisions? How much more effective could you be if all portfolios were connected across the enterprise?
In this webcast, we’ll ask questions designed to help you gain a better understanding of your own current PPM capabilities. Explore how building a roadmap can help identify powerful PPM capabilities you may be missing. Learn how this roadmap can help drive your PMO’s maturity to the next level, making you more strategic and better able to demonstrate the value your PMO is delivering to the organization.
Having a single system of record of all program, portfolio, and project information reduces costs and allows governmental organizations to quickly snap to and comply with mandates and regulations.
Join this webcast to learn how integrated PPM solutions:
•Bring increased accountability across agency projects
•Facilitate real-time collaboration between project and program managers and their teams
•Reduce redundancy and manual effort
Agile is growing in your company! It’s speeding the pace of innovation and enabling your business to be more adaptive and collaborative. Though something‘s missing. Agile teams are not focused on providing upward visibility, strategic alignment, cost tracking and resource management; all of which are essential for your company’s success. The challenge for your company is to have a single source of truth for all projects, programs and portfolios, without compromising your agile innovation process.
Transformative integration of Agile Tools data with CA PPM makes the promise of Agile Portfolio Governance possible, providing portfolio level visibility for all of your company’s enterprise agile, waterfall and hybrid projects, rolled up into CA PPM for – upward visibility and governance. Agile Portfolio Governance bridges the gap between what management needs to see and what agile teams are often challenged to provide.
This session discusses a fully integrated, best-in-class Project, Program and Portfolio Management solution that will empower your PMO with governance, while enabling your agile teams to deliver strategic results - at the speed of innovation.