John P. Reiling

PM Tool Needs for Software Development Firms

Software development is complex technically and also in terms of the processes for managing effectively.  This function has seen an evolution of project management practices originating from waterfall to more agile practices, with infinite hybrid combinations in between.  This article looks at the unique PM tool needs for supporting software development teams and companies – as contrasted …

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PM Tool Needs for Building and Construction Firms

Construction projects are very complex in terms of coordination of people, equipment, and materials – and doing so within a budget, timeline, and quality constraints.  The best PM tools for managing construction projects and portfolios of construction projects within a construction company need to emphasize communication and collaboration.  The nature of construction is that it is planned in an office …

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PM Tool Needs for Professional Services Firms

Professional services firms have a three-pronged operational challenge:  keeping time & billing under control, managing projects, and having the supporting accounting.  The focus of this article is on how professional services firms achieve this, with project management at the center of the operations and the other two as supporting, administrative functions.  This article looks at how PM tools specific to the professional services industry need to support these operational functions.  This is the second part of a …

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PM Tool Needs for Digital Marketing and Creative Firms

In the digital marketing and creative field, professionals tend to be very visual, and the work is typically relatively short task-oriented, the workflow involves numerous team members to get something done, and there is a premium on personal focus and productivity.  Let’s take a look at how these and other key needs are handled by project management tools …

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Business Analysis:  Stakeholders Within the Organization

Business Analysis: Stakeholders Within the Organization

There are multiple stakeholders within the organization of the products and processes of Business Analysts.  The list includes Business Analysts themselves, plus the project management team, architects, designers, developers, quality assurance, and testers.  This article explores the details needed and interests of each of the stakeholder groups.  Let’s take a look at one strategy.  Using the basic equation “Thing + Information + Sharing = New Value Proposition”, …

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Business Analysis: Eliciting and Managing Requirements

What does a Business Analyst do?  Well, on a simplistic level, it’s pretty simple:  Business Analysts gather requirements and organize them.  But it does get more complicated than that.  Who does Business Analysis, and is it in combination with other jobs?  What are the left and right bounds of the Business Analysis function?  What do Business Analysts …

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Project Management Essentials for a Successful Internet of Things (IoT) Project Portfolio

Project Management Essentials for a Successful Internet of Things (IoT) Project Portfolio

To take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet of Things (IoT) presents, you need to get organized for the journey.  This will take aligning strategic and project management competencies for the challenges ahead.  This article outlines five key things to think about and put into place to get you to your goals.  The most important thing …

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A Compelling Strategy Driven By the Internet of Things (IoT)

A Compelling Strategy Driven By the Internet of Things (IoT)

Let’s take a look at one strategy.  Using the basic equation “Thing + Information + Sharing = New Value Proposition”, you can identify some things that may change going forward.  But how can you do that for an organization?  How can an organization that is structured around physical products execute on this idea to seize on the …

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Where the Internet of Things (IoT) Is a Driver of Strategic Opportunity

Where the Internet of Things (IoT) Is a Driver of Strategic Opportunity

The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered to be a “disruptive technology”.  This means that it disrupts the status quo in a competitive industry.  Consider that the value proposition of the IoT is that if you add a valuable information component to a product, and enable it to be shared, you have created value.  But it’s new value …

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What Does Internet of Things (IoT) Disruption Mean for Project Management?

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) is pretty simple:  take a “thing” (i.e. a physical product), add valuable information to it and share it…and you are creating value using the IoT.  The concept is actually not new.  Consider that personal computers first arrived in the early 1980’s, they were great personal productivity devices, especially for word processing and electronic spreadsheets.  …

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