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People Analysis included free for all PMO service subscriptions

People Analysis included free for all PMO service subscriptions

Who’s your top project manager?People Analysis SS

Which project manager and sponsor partnership delivers on time?

Who can turn a poor project around?

Who spots risks before they become issues?

Stop building project teams by asking “Who’s available” and instead “Who’s best placed to manage them effectively”. Matching the right people to the right project removes one of the most common issues affecting project delivery.

Paradigm is pleased to announce that the industry leading PMO as a Service package will now include People Analysis at no additional cost.

Jeremy Waldron, Portfolio Manager“This is one of the many benefits our PMO customers receive which has a huge impact when IT Leaders are forming projects. Paradigm’s People Analysis can tell you exactly who will give you the best possible outcome. We’re looking forward to seeing more clients enjoying improved project delivery on the strength of this analysis”.

For more details visit www.paradigmpmo.com or call us on 0845 519 7620

 

Why the PPM software market isn’t ready for SaaS

It doesn’t take long to notice that the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) software market is fully embracing the SaaS model. All top providers now offer a cloud option with many businesses moving fully into the cloud. Technically, the market is in great shape. Competition is rife, driving some genuine innovation, while costs are being driven down with new business opportunities soaring through the roof… So what’s the problem?

There’s something very unusual about PPM software, the challenges with adoption are like no other. Let’s consider HR or Finance systems. Once implemented, the users have no option but to do their job using that system, it’s integral to the process. Payroll cannot be transacted, joiners cannot be managed without the use of the system. In contrast, PPM software is often seen as discretionary and complementary.

Therefore to ensure continued use of the tool, the focus is not on capability (i.e. where’s the button) but is instead one of behaviour (ie. I will click that button at 9am every day). This is the key reason why PPM deployments fail: behaviour is not changed and the tool is simply left unused.

Historically, this hasn’t been a problem for PPM providers, the order of the day being nice, fat, expensive on-premises deployments. Short installation windows and lots of cash upfront equals happy days! But what about now? SaaS means that all the lovely revenue traditionally collected in the first month is now suddenly spread out over the next two years. And – hang on a minute – the client actually needs to use the tool for the providers to get paid??

This is the market defining problem affecting PPM providers, who currently have no way to respond to this change. Training simply does not address the core problem, behaviour.

At Paradigm, we designed our products around this problem with behavior fully in mind. Our Project Management as a Service offering provides a SLA backed guarantee that key PM disciplines are delivered, including the use of your PPM software – no questions, no excuses.

We’re working with the PPM market to ensure that their clients get the headline benefits out of their tools and that the longer term behavioural change is fully locked in.

P.s. Before anyone mentions the point of Exec sponsorship, let’s not be naïve. Edicts from on high do not change behaviour!

Christmas Countdown

With Christmas just around the corner, we should hope that you’re well and truly prepared, bought, wrapped, delivered, decorated and eagerly waiting for the most magical day of the year…

Ahem.

Of course, we know this is probably not the case – unless you were blessed with superhuman levels of organisation. Juggling the husband, the kids, the Nativity play, the dog, the shopping, the wrapping, the prized turkey, the outfit, extended festive pampering sessions, work’s Christmas do, Santa’s grotto visits and having to deal with the added pressure of organising and executing the perfect Christmas dinner is never going to be an easy task.

Without the right planning, even a day filled with delicious food, tantalising tipples, thoughtful gifts, barrels of laughs and a house full of all your favourite people can be a total nightmare if you’re overloaded, overworked and overdrawn! So, avoid an end-of-year meltdown by tackling your yuletide demons head on and well in advance. Simplify the festive period by focusing on preparations, one mince pie at a time.

But, if all this talk of the Big Day leaves you desperate to get on the next plane to BahHumbugsville, just relax. Pour yourself a cheeky glass (or three) of mulled wine and think. Easy.

Once calm and collected, the next step is to make a list – the saviour of all things unorganised. Having a list allows you to prioritise, put everything into perspective and delegate jobs, so free yourself of all unrealistic goals and expectations and begin to lay your festive foundations as a family unit.

Your first Christmas conundrum is to decide on a budget and stick to it. If you’re disciplined with your dosh, you’ll immediately eradicate all suggestions of the January blues (hello happiness!). The rest falls into four manageable categories of: gifts, food, home and celebrations. As long as you approach each with thought, love and commitment, you can’t go wrong and the beautiful visual reminders of your festive successes will keep you right on track! (The glorious sense of achievement when you first turn on your outside Christmas lights is indescribable and we know you feel it too!)

Nevertheless, the most important thing to keep in mind on this wonderful journey is your sanity: make sure there’s method in your list-making madness. If you’re not acquainted with your mother’s great aunt’s brother-in-law’s sister’s cousin twice removed, should you kill yourself in locating them geographically to bestow upon them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh? Maybe not.

So, eliminate the stress from Christmas this year with a good ol’ list and sprinkle a bit of pleasure into your preparations.

After all,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Punctuality is KING

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date. No time to say hello, goodbye – I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

Nobody likes tardiness. It messes up the plan.

The overriding reason that you’ve already spent time constructing and adhering to a plan is to prepare yourself for the task in hand through enforcing deadlines. Thus, minimising the effect of negative consequences and unwanted stresses on your mental disposition.

So what seems to be your current emotional state? Anxious? Stressed?

Why? Because you missed a deadline?

Oh.

There we have it. Being late just throws an unnecessary spanner in the works. Think about it. Romeo tragically killed himself because he was late. Had he shown up at Juliet’s counterfeit death bed a few moments earlier, he would have been made aware of the plan and both will have lived happily ever after, Amen. Of course, this was not the case and the plan was foiled. Undeniably very sad, but as history has taught us – humans like to mess things up.
So before lateness ruins your future, think hard about its consequences.

A project has a start and end date for a reason: lateness is disruptive. But if a deadline is lurking in the shadows and you know you’re not going to make it, document it as soon as possible and immediately communicate with the team. Acknowledging the missed deadline will be the best decision you’ve ever made (and you’ll feel a whole lot better for it, believe us). Soon, you’ll be able to give Clark Kent a run for his money and save the world, one project at a time, by responding to risks at lightning speed.

Still, measuring time is an art, so allow yourself room for manoeuvre. If you have concerns that something needs more time, then give it more time – it really is that simple. Most importantly, be realistic in what can be achieved. We all like to demonstrate how talented and efficient we are but the key to success in life is not trying to run before you can walk. Baby steps.

Sometimes, however, life is just unavoidable, and this is why we consider the all the potential risks before leaping into the unknown. Preparation is a truly wonderful thing, so be aware of every outcome, however improbable the situation may be. Grow eyes in the back of your head. Develop a sixth sense. Hypothetically convolute the most simplest of tasks in your mind and your path will be a very punctual one.

Punctuality will introduce to you a brand new way of living! For business, time is money but for the average Joe, time is sanity. Nevertheless, everybody wants to achieve optimal productivity and tardiness is the vulture waiting to swoop in on the rotting carcass that could be your project. So, keep the time vultures at bay by being the hunter, never the hunted, and your project performance will be incontestable.

Tidy Space, Tidy Mind

So, you’ve welcomed in Monday with lovingly open arms. You feel energized and fresh, ready to take on the world and all its challenges. You’re raring to go. Full steam ahead. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Like a dog on heat. Bouncing off the walls. Moving on up. Nothing can stop you…

But wait! Hold those horses tight by their reins.

Before you dive head first into what will soon become a chaotic balancing act of work, kids, household chores, holidays, friends and creative projects – take a second. Your first step is to cleanse yourself of the clutter that 2014 left behind and organise your future. This will be imperative to your success.

Our sources tell us that you haven’t been able to see your desk through the piles of paperwork since God-knows-when. Tut-tut. Your workspace should be a shrine to your amazing achievements. It should be where the magic happens. Except, the magic is currently being suffocated by mess. You are murdering your unborn thoughts, blocking them from existence. You must be stopped. So, pick up that feather duster and focus – those cobwebs aren’t going to clean themselves. Trust us, you’ll soon see everything fall into place. Just call us your Fairy Godmother.

Keeping within a structured routine and an unpolluted space will take you from disordered to diligent in no time at all. No clutter, no distractions, 100% productivity. An organised life is much more easy to navigate as you’re the one in control, always driving forward. As well as optimal productivity, taking pride in your environment will positively affect many other aspects of your life too – your happiness, your mental disposition, your relationships… It’s a win-win situation.

Okay, it doesn’t take a genius to throw out a few things and do a bit of tidying, but the fact is, you initiated the change. You physically see the difference in front of you. You are the reason for your own successes. It may appear to be a minor accomplishment, but this is the first step in achieving greatness in 2015.

The world is your oyster so work your magic.