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Make Projects Easy-As-Pie with Visuals

Ever wonder why so many project tools are designed with lists of data and text? In the early 1980s, Ron Bredehoeft created a scheduling tool for software engineers that ultimately became Microsoft Project. Since then most other project tools have followed suit with the same look and feel with pages of rows, columns and data. Today, we have more complex projects and more people joining projects, and few have the time and the patience to learn how to use these tools made for the previous era.

What if there was a better way.

Projects and Cookies?

Many organizations try to get work done either from memory, or by reinventing the wheel. For some people, it’s much easier to create something from scratch than to hunt down something that’s reusable.

magine you could reuse great project processes whenever you want, and make it better.

Is Non-Disruptive Innovation Better?

A recent Harvard Business Review blog post by Gary Pisano states that the excitement about disruptive innovation has blinded us to one simple irrefutable economic fact: The vast majority of profit from innovation does not come from the initial disruption; it comes from the stream of routine, or sustaining, innovations that accumulate for years."

Let's explore this notion for project or process management and people engagement.

Knowledge at Your Fingertips

Think of all the great knowledge your organization has. You may have lots of goodies stored on the servers, in people’s e-mail folders, and in their heads. You may feel confident that your firm has standard processes, but are they instantly accessible?

Pick-Up Sticks or Process?

Remember the game called “Pick-Up Sticks”? It’s a game where you release a bundle of thin, 8-inch sticks onto a table. They fall and land randomly. Then each player must remove a stick without disturbing the remaining ones.

Think of this game as alist of tasks in a complex project. Many tools today give you something like dropping a pile of sticks.

IPM Day - November 7, 2013

This is one-day virtual conference has over 60,000 other people from around the world. Dr. Harold Kerzner, Frank Saladis, and other heavy hitters will be presenting their webcasts and live Q&A. Paul Dandurand, PIEmatrix CEO, has teamed up with Christa Kirby, IIL's VP Global Products & Services. They will present the "5 Steps to Transforming Your PM Methodology Execution".

How would Steve Jobs have done a tool selection?

Have you ever conducted a vendor selection and given the winning prize to the vendor that had the most requirement features checked? And how about finding a year later that that the tool is not being used as expected? Did you not worry since you were able to show management that you did the right thing since you can demonstrate that the selected vendor tool does all of things in the features requirement list? No heads roll. No problem. This is a common story since many of us tend to get stuck with the features war syndrome.

Taming the monster process

This post is about implementing what Forrester calls a collaborative process or what Gartner calls an unstructured process. It's a process that is not automated for transactional purposes, but is more fluid and driven by people, which accounts for about 80% of all business processes.

Students at UCONN School of Business use PIEmatrix.

The University of Connecticut School of Business students used PIEmatrix in their Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM) program course. The students worked on a real project for LIMRA, the program's corporate partner. The students objectives were to predict customers who will buy life insurance and forecast the growth of the life insurance market.