project portfolio management

6 Reasons ERP Implementation Project Templates Fall Short

Every project starts with a plan. And when it comes to ERP implementation vendors, some have a plan template in their files that they can whip out and put in place to get the project rolling. But while it’s convenient to have a template at the ready, you may find those boilerplates don’t quite deliver…

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Is Your Team Ready for Faster Delivery Times?

The desire to launch and execute projects quickly is nothing new. But the pace of business continues to accelerate, and organizations are under growing pressure to swiftly identify and act on market trends, emerging risks, and new opportunities. For project teams, this means they’re increasingly expected to compress initiative timelines and shrink planning cycles. At…

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Why Your Project Meeting Should Be More Proactive

Innovation thrives in environments where people are open to new ideas. Supporting team members who are committed to life-long learning and who are willing to adapt and innovate will help the project group stay current and efficient in its use of resources, its approach to solving problems, and its execution of initiatives. Unfortunately, time pressures…

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Project Portfolio ROI: Thinking Beyond Dollar Signs

Industry research continues to reveal dismally low project success rates. There are many factors that play into this, and the PMAlliance project management consulting teams see a range of reasons why organizations aren’t delivering projects on time or on budget, or why project outcomes don’t meet expectations. Unfortunately, analyzing the dollars that are lost as…

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How Data Silos Harm Your Project Portfolio’s Health

Information is the backbone of project planning and execution. The quality of your project data gains greater visibility at the portfolio level, where accurate and reliable information rolls up to give executives a comprehensive view of the company’s efforts and enables them to make good, timely business decisions. Our project portfolio management consulting teams have…

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The Negotiation Mistakes Smart Project Teams Make

Projects are full of negotiations. Our project management consulting team has seen every aspect of an initiative on the negotiating table, from agreeing on milestone dates to deciding the scope of deliverables. It all must be weighed, discussed, debated, and eventually worked out to everyone’s satisfaction. Unfortunately, there are numerous factors that could cause even…

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The Failing Project: Know When It’s Time for an Intervention

Rescuing a troubled project is a difficult undertaking. But sometimes there’s an equally big challenge that must be overcome before you can start developing a strategy to pull a troubled project back to life: Knowing when your project is too far gone for a simple fix. Below are some indicators that your initiative’s problems are…

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7 Steps to Rescue Your Reputation When a Project Goes Bad

Sometimes projects don’t go the way you want them to. That doesn’t mean they’re outright failures, but lower-level problems can still cause big headaches. Maybe you experienced multiple delays, exhausted your contingency budget (and then some), didn’t involve end users as much as you should have, or bumped up against unhappy stakeholders for some other…

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Your Project Plan is Broken: Should You Fix It or Start Over?

Sometimes project plans run into so much trouble they can only be described as broken. Missed milestone deadlines are usually one of the first signs your plan is falling apart, but as part of our project management consulting work with customers we’re often able to identify a host of earlier issues that should have triggered…

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Project Portfolio Management: Not Just for IT Anymore

In many organizations, a portfolio management strategy was traditionally reserved for IT projects. Keeping a handle on the various technology initiatives—which are often proposed by different lines of business and haven’t always undergone an assessment by the IT group before receiving approval—proved challenging. Companies found that managing projects at a portfolio level was a useful…

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Project Experience

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Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
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Manufacturing
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
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IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
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Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
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Energy
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
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Aerospace
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
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Cross-Functional
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
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Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
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Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
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Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
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ERP & SAP
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.