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Using Microsoft Project & PS+ to Plan “Project Raising Slow Ride”

You’ve seen the boat and you’ve seen the whiteboard.  Now it’s time to crunch some numbers and leverage Microsoft Project and PS+ to plan at a whole-project (but still granular) level. Good planning is critical in making a project successful!

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In this video, Mike creates “Project Raise Slow Ride” using Microsoft Project and PS+ (soon to be renamed Edison365 Projects, with added functionality to help you see your project through from ideation through execution).

The start of the video may look familiar to you: creating a new project in Microsoft Project. But then Mike demos some super-neat stuff that PS+ can do in tandem with Microsoft Project to help assess project risks and escalate them to issues with one easy click.

Mike also shows off the project benefits page – it’s important to know the WHY of the project you’re mounting to help you stay focused on what matters through the course of the project.

With all this planning, will Mike be able to raise Slow Ride? Stay tuned…

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Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions – out with the Old, in with the New

In his latest video, “Time to Take a New Look at Today’s PPM Solutions,” Mike Taylor, President of Innovative-e, says:

The latest tools are vastly superior to those of only a few years ago. Roadblocks to success from the past are gone.

What’s changed?

The traditional model of PPM was a solution configured on an organization’s data center in a server farm. This involved purchasing and maintaining servers and software, and the staff to set up and manage both. Expensive both in terms of dollars and resources!

Microsoft’s PPM platform has shifted from costly on-premise solutions to a secure cloud-based platform – Microsoft Project Online – that reduces infrastructure costs and setup/maintenance time. Instant-on infrastructure accelerates the implementation of a solution so organizations can deploy quickly and start realizing ROI faster than they could with on-premise solutions. The win here is obvious – organizations have more money and time to invest elsewhere in their businesses.

Access to a cloud-based PPM platform is fast and simple. Users (executives, PMs, and team-members) can access the platform in a number of ways, from almost any device. Project Online is available, by role, to anyone, anywhere. In a work society that is more globalized than ever, this flexibility that allows stakeholders to access an organization’s PPM platform from anywhere on virtually any device extends organizations’ efficiency and productivity, another clear win.

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Microsoft Project Online, effective OOTB (out-of-the-box) has some other goodies for PPM professionals, which we’ll be discussing at greater length in our next post. If you want a preview before our next post, be sure to watch the video!

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What you need to know to choose the perfect Microsoft Partner for #AmazingPM

Are you currently considering moving to Project Online? If so, you know such a move can be difficult because of the complexities and risks of adoption. So what do you do? Many companies have found success by using a Microsoft partner to guide their Project Online implementations. But in order to ensure adoption within your organization and an overall #AmazingPM experience, there are a few things to consider before selecting a partner.

If you’re looking for help with a Project Online migration, the best method is to select a partner who will guide you in following these three principles:

  • Start quickly
  • Achieve winnable wins
  • Sustain adoption

Any good partner should help you start quickly so your organization can see returns on your investment soon after you’ve implemented Project Online. Focusing on quick wins helps ensure adoption and growth for your investment.

Innovative-e’s solutions are designed to be successful and provide you an #AmazingPM experience right out of the box. This allows your organization to focus on the tool, and worry about the high-end customizations after the tool has been adopted by stakeholders.

Choosing the right partner to help you implement Project Online for your organization will help you experience #AmazingPM by enabling you to get started on the fly, achieve early wins to share with decision-makers and higher-ups, and encourage widespread and sustainable adoption of your implementation. A good Microsoft partner will step through the entire migration process with you so that you don’t have to worry about the risks of adoption, so you can see demonstrable returns on your investment quickly, and so that your overall project management experience is amazing.

Innovative-e is a Microsoft partner with Gold-level competencies in Project & Portfolio Management, Content & Collaboration, and Application Development. We have a well-established history of guiding organizations across multiple vertical industries migrate to Project Online. Our customers report back positive results from the implementations we’ve helped them with, and consistently give us kudos for providing #AmazingPM results.

Do you want a quick start, fast ROI, and widespread and sustained adoption of your Project Online solution? Do you want #AmazingPM? We’d love to help you! Email us today for your free consultation. You may also qualify for a free half-day or full-day Microsoft-sponsored session.

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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!

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PS+: The highly effective solution accelerator used by highly effective project managers

By: Eoin Callan, Managing Partner

effectiveThe Microsoft Project Virtual Conference 2016 session presented by Eric Verzuh of the Versatile Company made reference to Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People when describing strong project management and project managers.  Some people perform the seven habits naturally (they’re born leaders), some people do them consciously with effort (they’re trained leaders), while some people practice the seven habits sporadically or not at all (they are the co-workers and/or bosses that frustrate us). ☺

PS+ is a solution accelerator for Microsoft Project Online that helps everyone on the team practice effective project management habits!

Be proactive:  tackle quality and process issues immediately when you adopt PS+.

Begin with the end in mind:  productive collaboration doing a temporary job well

Put first things first:  team member needs are given priority so everyone benefits.

Think win/win:  PS+ meets user needs, so systems get used properly giving good data.

Seek first to understand then be understood:  Good data shows where true issues are and gives factual foundations for reporting root causes to executives and sponsors.

Synergize:  Leverage the efforts of other groups and departments and make the most of your enterprise’s entire resource pool and results.

Sharpen the saw:  The time and effort saved by installing PS+ can be spent as you see fit – we suggest a well-deserved vacation ☺ or a training class to improve your skills.

We’ll explore in subsequent blogs how PS+ helps support people looking to practice each of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  In summary, PS+ executes on each of the Seven Habits, so if you’d like to be effective, you want to have and use PS+!