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What creates an amazing project management experience?

As it relates to a Project Management Information (PMIS), amazing experiences may mean different things to different people.  One core theme we have heard repeatedly, is that to be amazing, a project management solution must provide value to all stakeholders.

There are many types of stakeholders for a PMIS, but we find there are 3 core roles.  These have common value points they seek:

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Executives are most interested in information that helps them make better decisions.  Project transparency that is surfaced via dashboards, reports, and other data analysis tools allows for better project outcomes.

For this level of management, the ability to visualize problems before or as they are happening is critical.  Whether it’s schedule, budget, cost, risks, or other dimensions of project management, near real time information anywhere, on any device, is paramount.

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Project Managers want to have all the information in one place to manage their project data and resources more effectively.

Managing data in multiple sources such as individual project plans, excel, shared drives/SharePoint, email, etc. by multiple people can be inefficient at best and downright impossible at worst.

A single source of truth for all PM information is vital.

 

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Team Members are the folks are the ones doing the actual project work.  They need tools that create the least disruption of this work.  Ease of use by the team members is a key factor to sustainable adoption.

Bringing data together into a single, easy to use, purpose built system with relevant information available at a click can create an Amazing Project Management solution for all!

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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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What is #AmazingPM?

maketodayridiculouslyamazingWhat makes an amazing project management experience?

We at Innovative-e believe that Value = Transparency x Adoption. By applying this formula, we provide our customers – project managers like you, across a broad swath of industry verticals – with continuously amazing project management experiences.

If you give executives and stakeholders clear visibility into their projects or portfolios, and you give the people who do the day-to-day work easy-to-use tools that foster sustainable adoption of your project management solution, BAM! #AmazingPM.

Innovative-e’s solutions start with Microsoft Project Online. We have an array of tools and solutions – from PS+ to Outage Hawk(TM) – that extend Project Online’s already robust capabilities to address particular project management needs for PMs in Federal, state, and local governments; healthcare; professional services; and the heavy industrial and manufacturing industries.

What, in particular, do we think makes for an #AmazingPM experience?

  • Getting started quickly with a sustainable solution
  • Clear reporting and dashboards to provide greater visibility
  • Making informed decisions based on accurate, actionable project data
  • Improving communication and collaboration among your team
  • Using your processes, technology, and people to meaningfully and visibily boost ROI

What do you consider #AmazingPM?

How can Innovative-e help you be even more amazing?

 

 

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Innovative-e launches Outage Hawk™ app at November 7 Microsoft PPM Summit in Chicago, IL

outage-hawkInnovative-e has developed Outage Hawk™, an outage planning and performance management toolset built to leverage the power of Microsoft PPM, to give heavy industry a  better way to plan, manage, analyze, and make more real-time decisions about maintenance and Capex outage projects.

Innovative-e brings their experience with developing solutions for manufacturing and heavy industry customers to Outage Hawk™, which provides tools for greater visibility and insights into planned outages, better and more informed decisions, and an ease-of-use that ensures usability and adoption for the people who are using the tool.

Outage Hawk™ features an interactive dashboard which enables executives, project managers, and line managers to have a clear picture of what is happening during the planned outage operation. Data within the tool is closer to real-time, which allows for better decision-making based more closely on accurate data than on the “gut feelings” of managers. Simple data entry, focused navigation, and role-based job aids make Outage Hawk™ easier to use, which means that people will adopt using the tool.

Outage Hawk™ increases efficiency by enabling executives to make informed, proactive decisions and manage by exception. Project teams are empowered to provide solutions, rather than discoveries, during team meetings. Supervisors spend less time behind a desk quashing problems and more time on the floor overseeing their operations. Outage Hawk™ delivers value by helping heavy industry and manufacturing customers come in on-schedule and under budget by millions of dollars on their planned outage projects. 

Innovative-e is proud to launch Outage Hawk™ at Microsoft’s one-day PPM Summit in Chicago, Illinois, on November 7, 2016. The summit is an opportunity for executives, project managers, and team members to learn about the power of Microsoft Project to achieve business productivity across workloads and industries. At the summit, Microsoft spotlights how its PPM products make project management easier and improve productivity. At the summit, Innovative-e plans to present a session, “Creating an Amazing PM Solution for Heavy Manufacturing – Outage Planning and Performance Management,” and will unveil Outage Hawk™.

Mike Taylor, CEO and President of Innovative-e, said, “We’re very excited to show Outage Hawk™ to the manufacturing and heavy industry community. This toolset brings a huge amount of value to organizations who need to plan and manage scheduled outages. We want to help our customers increase their efficiency, stay on-schedule, and save millions of dollars, and Outage Hawk™ will do that for them like no solution has before.”

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Innovative-e shares its PM solutions for healthcare professionals at HIMSS event in Atlantic City, NJ

The New Jersey and Delaware Valley chapters of HIMSS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society) are holding their 9th Annual Event, “The Essential Role of Technology in Population Health,” at Harrah’s Resort Hotel and Casino October 19-21. Innovative-e is happy to be a sponsor at the event, at Booth 110. We have a proven history of helping healthcare organizations implement industry-specific solutions to solve the complex set of project, process, and change management challenges project managers in healthcare organizations face.

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Innovative-e’s Eoin Callan is ready to see you at the 9th Annual HIMSS event in Atlantic City! We’re at Booth 110.

Innovative-e is pleased to be the premier US partner of  PS+, an award-winning, pre-configured, best-practices solution for Project Online. PS+ is a key component of our solutions to help customers extend the out-of-the-box capabilities of Microsoft Project Online and transform their project management into amazing experiences that support executive buy-in, sustained user adoption, and wider visibility and transparency for decision-makers into projects and portfolios.

Innovative-e’s solutions are tailor-made for customers across a variety of industry verticals. We have proven experience and success helping customers in healthcare, manufacturing, and government transform their project management into continuously amazing project management experiences with exceptional insight, agility, and value.

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Six Ways to Be a Leader Instead of a Boss

Innovative-e’s own Eoin Callan, Managing Partner, was recently a speaker at PMI Tampa Bay’s Annual Symposium, and upon his return, he reported back to our team some of the things he learned while at the conference. Eoin was particularly impressed by one of the keynote workshop speakers’ differentiation between bosses and leaders.

The keynote workshop speaker in question is Andy Worshek, who led the chapter in a workshop called “Turn the Ship Around,” an examination of how David Marquette built a culture of teamwork to achieve excellence aboard the USS Santa Fe with lessons for people in business.

Eoin’s takeaway from Andy’s presentation keynote included these points:

  1. Bosses make people “do.” Leaders make people “think.”
  2. Bosses make people feel stress. Leaders make people feel safe.
  3. Bosses push information to authority. Leaders push authority to information.
  4. Bosses want to be good. Leaders want to get better.
  5. Bosses fix people. Leaders fix the environment.
  6. Bosses think their way to new action. Leaders act their way to new thinking.

Let’s drill down and look at some of the specific tactics a project manager can implement to be a leader rather than a boss:

  1. A leader’s role is not to come to a consensus, but to uncover all the info needed in order to make a proper decision.
  2. To foster an open and “safe” atmosphere, try saying, “Tell me about…” rather than demanding to know “Why?”
  3. Don’t use binary questions – leave things open-ended to promote more thorough and useful discussion.
  4. Separate the positions from the people.
  5. Speak last if you want different opinions – as a leader, you’re a pace-setter, and you will garner more varied response if you let other people express their thoughts before they know yours.
  6. Speak first if you want to win an argument (but lose relationships).
  7. Allow anonymous responses.
  8. Investigate outliers – there may be a good reason for dissenting opinions that you might not have considered.
  9. Fear shuts down curiosity.
  10. Watch out for folks looking to avoid errors rather than those looking to achieve excellence. The latter always strive for what’s best for the client/organization/everybody.

Are you a leader or a boss? We’d love to hear how you distinguish yourself as a leader and what lessons you’ve learned as a project manager. Drop us a line at info@innovative-e.com and tell us your tactics!

Like diving deeper into topics treating effective leadership? You might like our Leadership Insights video series, by Jim Kennedy, retired Director of Kennedy Space Center. Check it out!

 

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Become One with PS+ and Project Online

This blog series explains how PS+ helps people be effective as shown by Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The sixth habit, to Synergize, says we find strength when we learn to collaborate. Just as geese leverage the efforts of one leader for the easier flight of the flock, users of PS+ and Project Online, no matter the role, and with little effort or training, follow the path of someone with deep project management experience built-in to an easy-to-use solution designed to deliver very productive results.

Synergy consists of getting bigger and better results from combined efforts than could be accomplished by either party alone. PS+ takes advantage of the best project management functionality on the market in the form of Microsoft Project put in to the Cloud (or on-premises with Project Server) and enhances it with intuitive means of tracking project details easily.

Some ways Project Online and PS+ combine to produce better results together include:

  • PS+ Reports: Each task and resource has hundreds of data fields associated with them and the built-in, out of the box PS+ Reports leverages those to produce Highlight Reports, S-curve Reports, Pie Charts, and several other report types.
  • PS+ Navigator: Combine efficiency with knowledge of Project Online infrastructure and the result is the PS+ Navigator, an easy-to-use tool that helps users jump directly where they want to go inside PWA.
  • PS+ Dependency and PS+ Sequencer: When working with related projects in a coordinated manner in order to achieve benefits not otherwise possible, use the PS+ Sequencer to create unique IDs for each project in the program. PS+ Dependency creates and manage links between tasks in separate project schedules. Never create a Master Project again unless you want to!
  • PS+ Milestone Gantt: Simplify portfolio or program schedules to a single view that shows not only the overall duration of each included schedule, but also the significant events during each timeline relative to today!

A rising tide floats all boats and PS+ helps raise the water level for every role in your organization. Synergize today by signing up for a risk-free PS+ subscription now so you and your team can benefit from purposeful and powerful collaboration with PS+ without further delay!