Microsoft Project Conference 2014

Using Microsoft Project? Want to? Contributor Laura Nee, Simplex President/CEO, recommends that you attend this year’s Microsoft Project Conference to learn more.

Join over 1,200 Project Managers, Executives and Technology Professionals from different industries to learn about the powerful capabilities included in Microsoft Project and the project and portfolio management (PPM) solution–available on premise or in The Cloud. Earn professional development units (PDUs) for attending! (more…)

Using Timesheets for Better Estimating

What’s the value in using Timesheets? Contributor Laura Nee, Simplex President/CEO shares her insight.

One of the biggest challenges on a project is accurately planning the amount of time it’s going to take for someone to complete a task. By nature, people tend to think, optimistically, that they can get a task done sooner than is really possible. When building an estimate myself, I’ll ask my team how long it will take to complete a task, and then double it!  Estimating is difficult. What can help is using a project management system the way it’s designed–for tracking how long it actually takes someone to complete a task, comparing it to what was planned, and then revising your template so that the next time you plan a similar task, you are using a helpful estimate. (more…)

The Challenge of Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

What is it that makes PPM such a challenge? Contributor Laura Nee, Simplex President/CEO shares her insight.

People underestimate the “culture” change that is required to make it a success. People need to realize that the same informal methods that were used in the past are not going to work in the future. They need to realize that in order to meet the goals and objectives of the organization, they have to change their methods. Change is hard. Management needs to be behind the initiative. Otherwise it will fail. Management needs to communicate continually about the goals and objectives of the organization and how important it is to change the processes and procedures of how projects are executed in the future. (more…)

Using Virtual Project Office (VPO) on a Public Infrastructure Project

Contributor Laura Nee, Simplex President/CEO, shares some exciting news.

This week we’re rolling out VPO on a project located in Nassau, Bahamas. This is when we wish we did have to go on site to implement VPO! It’s a design/build project, and our client will be using VPO as an online project management system, for controlling the project documentation centrally, and allowing all team members to access information securely–like the contract documents, design drawings and specifications, etc. This is particularly important because the team members are geographically dispersed across the States and the Bahamas. (more…)

Online Project Management: Primavera or Microsoft

Is Primavera more than I need? Contributor Laura Nee, Simplex President/CEO, shares her insight.

Consulting on Primavera solutions over the past fifteen years, I have worked with some customers who now truly leverage the Primavera products. Clients like Westinghouse, Ansaldo STS, and FirstEnergy require a robust system like Primavera, and hire teams of planner/schedulers to support the complex projects that make up their business. I have also seen many General Contractors involved with commercial construction projects, who are using a scheduling tool like Primavera only because they are contractually obligated to do so. They aren’t using it to manage their business as a whole. Why not? (more…)