New Post at AITS: Complexity, Profitability, and Risk Management

My latest article for AITS was published today: Complexity, Profitability, and Risk Management.

There is generally a strong correlation between risk and reward, and complexity tends to drive risk. Consequently, project managers often find themselves with endeavors that push the boundaries of their organizations’ ability to deliver. While Agile methods have been shown to help deal with ambiguity, they aren’t a cure-all for complex problems. A rigorous approach to risk management, from early identification and assessment to aggressive development of containment strategies, is the key to realizing those rewards.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.

New Post at MPUG: Add a Calculated Status Indicator to MS Project

My latest article for MPUG was published today: Add a calculated status indicator to detail tasks in MS Project.

This is an update to one of the most popular articles I’ve ever written. It shows how to add Red / Amber / Green stoplights to the detail-level tasks in an MS Project plan, based on the task Start and Finish dates and the % Done fields. This is an abbreviated version of a chapter in the second edition of my book, Microsoft Project Hacks, due out later this year. I’ll announce here when it’s available.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.

New Post at AITS: 3 Popular PMO Design Models

My latest article for AITS was published today: 3 Popular PMO Design Models You Should Know About.

I frequently stop by the project management subreddit to see what is being discussed and join in sometimes. One frequent question is, “I have been tasked with setting up a PMO. What should I do now?” I give my thoughts on the potential utility of three common models: Center of Excellence, Center of Governance, and Center of Administration.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.