Attempting to raise Slow Ride

Now that all the prep work has been done, the simulations ran, and the pumps put in place, it was finally time to raise Slow Ride from her watery grave.

As Mike points out in this video, before we start pumping out water with the pumps we must close all the openings in Slow Ride. The main openings that needed to be closed were the port side window, the rear siding class doors, the front door, and the vent cover on the starboard side. By plugging up those holes, Mike and his team hoped to maximize the outflow of water that the pumps could generate. Between the two pumps they could generate pump out 26,000 gallons of water per hour. To give you an idea of how much water that is, a large swimming pool (22×40) could be pumped out in one hour! But would they raise Slow Ride?

As Mike’s team begins pumping water they hit a snag, a piece of debris has gotten lodged in the pump and is keeping it from working. After shutting the pumps down and removing the debris the pump out continues. It takes hours but as in the simulation the bow raises out of the water first, but the stern is still underwater. This is a crucial moment in the fate of Slow Ride. With the bow out of the water it has less weight than the stern, this puts stress on the structure of the boat. If this continues for an extended period, she could falter and break into two pieces.

Late that night the stern is out of the water and Slow Ride is now floating again. But will she stay afloat through the night, only time would tell. As first light broke there she stood, beaten, battered, and scarred but still afloat. Mike and his team had done it!

#AmazingPM, OutageHawk

The night after Christmas

T ’was the night after Christmas and all through Santa’s shop, not a creature was stirring; everything had come to a stop. The gifts had been delivered with great care, in hopes that it would bring joy to children everywhere.

Santa laid awake unable to slumber, thoughts in his head made his mind cluttered. He was truly flustered. The sleigh was a mess; the reindeer needed some rest, these next few days would surely be quite the test.

The North Pole was in need of its yearly outage, it was time to renovate this old cottage. But confused installers lead to the loss of millions of lost dollars.

Spreadsheets and PowerPoints gave him no resolution, he felt as though he would never find a solution. Suddenly a loud screech took the red out of his rosy red cheeks. When to his amazement what did he see, but the Outage Hawk Soaring high and free.

Could this be the end to his troubles? The end to his outage stumbles? Santa spoke to the Hawk with a mumble… “Can you help me with my outage trouble?” “Why of course” answered the Hawk with a chuckle.

            My workshop is in need of a new table, all of the stockings are in need of fresh labels, and the sleigh is in need of shiny new handle.

My dear Santa we can help you with your outage, and when it is finished you will be quite astounded.

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5 Gifts PS+ will give Project Managers


IEC Logo no tagWe’ve been telling you for a while how much we love PS+. You will too! Here are five awesome gifts PS+ will give project managers who want a better way of working with Project Online.

Smarter resource management with PS+ Work Viewer – Work Viewer provides extensive, drill down resource reporting that enables me to see how all my departments, roles, and individuals are resourced over time and gives me at-a-glance status on where under- and over-allocations are so that corrective actions can be taken. Watch the overview video.

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Move projects to/from “Your Favorite Projects” category on the PS+ home page – By clicking on a specific project in one of the expandable “+” categories (e.g. “Other projects”) in the lower left-hand section of the PS+ homepage, a subsequent click on the project followed by the selection of “Add to favorites” can be done to move the project to “Your favorite projects,” which acts as a ready reference for projects of immediate interest. This can be useful for PMs particularly when their portfolio contains several projects.

The PS+ Agile app – Allows project managers living in the real world to more efficiently manage projects that utilize both waterfall and Agile (aka – “Scrummerfall”) methodologies within a single project schedule. Particularly in cases where you’re forced to track actuals (e.g., T&M contracts), PS+ Agile enables the team to use familiar Agile tools like backlogs and task boards, while still allowing the project manager to manage to an overall project schedule in MS Project and generate robust tracking and costing reports. Learn more here.

Included templates – PS+ provides a number of predefined project templates based on industry best practices.  In this example, I’m able to create a new project schedule based on the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) in just a few clicks.

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Creating Project Status Report – PS+ provides a number of predefined reports including a Project Highlight (status) report.  This process is simple and intuitive. To generate this report, go to the PS+ reporting App  from the main menu.

These are just a few of the tricks that PS+ can do to simplify your work in Project Online. Want to take it for a test drive? Start your free, no-obligation 30-day trial! Ready to buy? Contact us today!

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Project Management through the Eyes of a College Student

A project is something with a definite beginning, middle, and end with a common goal of achievement. Whether the goal is to increase sales by trying a new marketing technique or working to get a degree to get into a particular field, we all use project management in our lives.

Project management in its simplest form is organizing your thoughts and ideas into a solution that can help you achieve your desired goal. This concept, however, can be caught up in a haze of spreadsheets, unfinished portfolios, and uncoordinated marketing schemes, begging the question: how can we avoid being caught up in this chaos? The answer is as simple as the original concept…

In order to be successful in a PM task, we must look at any project the way that a college student tackles getting their desired degree.

College Life Begins

It all starts at orientation. Students are anxious and excited to begin their new journey, yet overwhelmed with clubs, intramural  sports, and other academics calling their name, all looking for one thing: their time. Students made the decision to come to college to earn a degree, yet on orientation day, their degree seems to be the last thing on their mind.

Companies feel the same way when they first begin a project. They start with a goal, and rapidly it becomes marred by factors such as cost of the project and the time it requires, and, just like the college student, that simple goal can become an afterthought for businesses.

Getting over the Hump

According to the U.S News and Report for Education, “As many as 1 in 3 first-year students won’t make it back for sophomore year.” For most students, getting through their freshman year can be the biggest hill that they climb on the way to their degree. Why is freshman year so difficult? The cost of college, course load, and disorganization leads to more freshmen calling it quits and moving back home.

When businesses begin a new endeavor, they too struggle to get their projects out of the woods. The reasons mirror the same struggles that 18-year-old freshmen go through. Is this simply human nature? Do humans inherently struggle to adopt new ideas?

Adoption is key…

In order to get your project out of an internal meeting and into the forefront of your project management  scheme, you must completely adopt whatever the common goal is that you’re trying to reach through your project. The key factors into making your project stick are…

  • It must be a workable project; everyone must understand what the end goal is.
  • Roles of individuals need to be established AND kept throughout the entire project.
  • Understand that there will be times in which the easier path will be to quit the project… don’t!
  • Set short-term goals to make the ultimate task seem smaller.

No matter how daunting your task at hand may seem, there are always ways to make your project manageable and successful. If you embody the mind of the college freshman and believe in your cause, you can have success in any endeavor on which you embark.