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Microsoft Project and Microsoft Project Server Installation, Consulting, Training and Support
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According to a 2017 Project Management Institute report, companies that have an established strategic Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) report that 38% more projects meet their original goals and business intentions, and 33% fewer projects fail.

https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/learning/thought-leadership/pulse/pulse-of-the-profession-2017.pdf?sc_lang_temp=en

#EPMO #ProjectSever #epm #ppm
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We can learn from our failure and those failures we see other people making.

Things I learned last night from the State of the Union Address, that I could relate to presenting the status of large capital project. Report the entire story, the good, of course, but also the bad and ugly. I have never not seen bad and ugly in a very large project.

Tell the truth 100%. No one gets by exaggerating, speaking out of context and lying forever. No one.

Don't take credit for other people's work.

Build bridges between your team and stakeholders. Lincoln, whom many historians view as the greatest President, was known for not only embracing his enemies, but gaining their respect and admiration.

President Lincoln was once criticized for his attitude toward his enemies. "Why do you try to make friends of them?" asked an associate. "You should try to destroy them." "Am I not destroying my enemies," Lincoln gently replied, "when I make them my friends?"

#projectmanagement #statusreporting #projectreporting
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Value engineering: Faster, better, cheaper. Construction engineering, always at the top. There is a reason why and most of corporate America will face the reality of why construction engineering is alway at the top of the maturity ladder. They balance schedule, costs and performance all together. Of the thousands of people I have trained on project management software, few deal with costs in a project plan. Rather they manage cost elsewhere like a spreadsheet. #projectmanagement #project #msp #msproject https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/business/dealbook/katerra-softbank-vision-fund.html
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There isn't a beginning and an advanced class on Microsoft Project. Not sure where that notion came from, except I think it might have been started by an old training company call ExecuTrain. There is one class. There might be time variation on topics. Variation in depth of coverage on a particular topic. All #project #msprojecttraining training should be custom. #msproject @msp
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Microsoft is obsessed with productivity like an obese person is with food. Maybe because they are so often "productivity killers." The anti-productivity company. I just wasted 2 hours trying to apply various updates to get the new Agile features for my 2016 online version. To no avail. #project #msproject #msp #winproj
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Author Kenneth Steiness makes the claim that the new Project Server Online "content pack update will help you take your organization’s Project and Portfolio Management reporting to powerful new levels." #project #projectserver #EPM #PPM https://www.mpug.com/articles/box-dashboards-reports-microsoft-ppm/?mc_cid=dee934fbbd&mc_eid=194f3d5b35
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Over the last couple of decades I have used @project to plan large capital projects in several different in industries, I have personally found @project to be invaluable in planning repairs for homes I own. With careful planning, getting weeks of work done in as litter as 2 weeks has been common. This is my last one. Late start but good.
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"If you don't have these 4 things you don't have a plan: 1) Estimating Parameters, 2) WBS, 3) Activity Duration, Work and Cost, and 4) Network Diagram." - Ray Coker

These four techniques also make up the main feature set for Microsoft Project. In fact, they are the process, or way to build a plan in Microsoft Project.

If you want a real plan, you don't get to skip over a particular technique. Skip over one piece of the model and what you have is nothing more than an incomplete estimate.

Most people, I know this because I have worked with several hundred organizations and thousand of MSP users, leave out the cost part of this model and just a small percentage of Microsoft Project users, maybe 20%, do an adequate job of resource definition, assignment and management.

Most project managers just want a schedule. That is fine, nothing wrong with wanting a schedule, but don't think you have a project plan, a complete estimate.
A project plan is a project estimate. A good technical estimate allows you to then evaluate risk, which is really what estimating is all about. That is the end game. "Ok, now that we have a project plan, let's take a look at risk." You want that because risk is what is going to kill you if you can't figure out how to managed it well.

If you know, then then just go do it and don't fool around with any of this stuff.
Really, if you know what to do, what are you waiting for?

But, if there is uncertainty, you a need project plan and that plan will give you the information you need to mitigate risk. A project plan is also something worth communicating about. A schedule - eh? Ok, I guess it is worth something, but just don't call it a plan.

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"Unless estimates are partially derived with proven technique they are nothing less than a WAG" - Ray Coker

If you are an expert and you know, you know. But on a lot of our project activities or work packages, we don’t “know” the cost, effort or duration so we estimate. If we estimate based on our experience and or memory, regardless of how expert we might actually be, it typically is nothing more than WAG – a Wild-Ass Guess.

As a side note, there is nothing wrong with saying ass in a blog, even in the Old Testament, “Judah got on is ass and rode away.”

Most people put a S in front of WAG to form SWAG. The S can refer to what ever makes sense in your situation, it could be Scientific, Statistical, Stupid, Simple, Silly, Sophisticated, etc.

Wikipedia says this about the use of SWAG: SWAG is used to describe an estimate derived from a combination of factors including past experience, general impressions, and heuristic or approximate calculations rather than an exhaustive search, proof, or rigorous calculation. The SWAG is an educated guess but is not regarded as the best or most accurate estimate.[2] The SWAG is not computed or proven rigorously, but the proponent asserts his or her own judgement suffices to rationalize the estimate; and it may, in time, be viable to produce a rigorous forecast of increased precision.

Years ago the Army web site told the history of popular military acronyms. WAG is an old military term, the website claimed, and it goes all the way back to when two armies would face off against each other on the battlefield. The evening before the big battle, the story goes, the general of the army is walking among the troops and comes across a private preparing himself for what he thinks he needs to do before battle and the general, almost absently asks the private, “Son, how strong is the enemy going to be tomorrow?” The private thinks to himself, “How the hell would I know, they have been keeping that a secret.” But he is under a lot of pressure to respond because he is being asked to provide an estimate by a very powerful person. The Army website then stated, “It is not recommended to use WAG with senior officers.” The why was not provided because it is obvious that WAG can lead to disastrous consequences.

WAG doesn’t work in the military and it doesn’t work in project management. See blog post on: Estimating is what you do when you don’t know. ~ Sherman Kent
colin-powell-makes-his-pr-007What was the rationale for the Iraq War? Some experts claim the Bush administration fabricated reasons for a war it wanted, this may or may not be true, but at the very least, the invasion was based on WAG. Even Colin Powell, long after his presentation to the United Nations Security Counsel, stated that he was at the Pentagon every day and no one told him the information he was presented with wasn’t factual. Frontline states in an article called, “Colin Powell: U.N. Speech ‘Was a Great Intelligence Failure'” that Powells’s speech…

"…to the United Nations, laying out the Bush administration’s rationale for war in Iraq, is a “blot” on his record. The speech set out to detail Iraq’s weapons program, but as the intelligence would later confirm, that program was nonexistent.
“Blot on his record.” What an understatement. Thousand of US personnel killed, and an estimate by university researchers in the United States, Canada and Baghdad in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Health suggests the Iraqi death toll is as high as 500,000. Not including all of the lives ruined, the injured and all of the suffering."

In addition, the financial cost of the Iraq War is 1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in war veteran benefits that could grow to $6, trillion in the next 40 years.

WAG – simply avoid it, it doesn’t provide value and it can lead to serious consequences in any context. www.pssi.biz
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