Hey customers! We have now officially released 5.1 for all new customers and have started the process of moving our existing customer accounts to this new release.
I'm excited to announce some cool new features coming soon. Version 5.1 is now in our Quality Assurance phase. This means we're heating it up to see if it can withstand heat, wind, hail, and snow (ok, we're based in Vermont).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Thanksgiving is upon us and it's time for pies! It's also a time to give thanks to our health, food, friends, and family. It could also be a great time to give thanks to our human ability to learn from our personal and business life.
I recently found a white paper title: "PMO vs. RMO: Which is the best way to get the most business value from your IT investments", written by Diane Murray and Al Kagan from Deloitte Consulting. Their overall premise is that traditional PMOs that focus on time and budget is not cutting it.
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".
We have officially released version 5.0. New customers signing up are now getting the new version out of the box. Existing customers will have their accounts migrated to the new version over the next few weeks.
In the upcoming 5.0 release (coming within weeks), we have developed a new project state called "Draft" mode. This new feature will allow you to create a new project and assign people without giving them visibility.
We have some big news coming around the corner. Soon we will start migrating customers to the new 5.0 version. Before we do that, we are first testing it on our internal production account.
Ever wonder why you work 10+ hours per day to get your large and complex project done on time, only to find it was late because other people just didn't put their hearts into it?
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.
If you ask someone in HR, marketing, or finance who runs projects, many say IT does that. Then if you ask someone in IT who runs processes, they say that's what the other business departments do.
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.
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.
Living in the woods among the trees have made it easy for me to miss the logical design, which is just make the darn create button large and center! It took me a few years, but I get it now. In our new upcoming version, we will add the big plus where it's meant to be.
PR Newswire Press Release on the Wall Street Journal: Navin, Haffty & Associates Chooses PIEmatrix to Manage EHR Projects at Hospitals