Articles By Chris Vandersluis

Make the chief project officer (CPO) part of the executive suite

I’ve been working with some project managers at the McGill Advanced Institute, and was involved in a conversation regarding matrix organizations.The definition of a matrix organization is to structure the lines of authority

Published on: December 20th, 2005 Chris Vandersluis

The rules of business scorecarding: Garbage in, garbage out

During the recent Project Management Institute conference in Toronto, one of the Microsoft Project product managers from Redmond gave a presentation on a soon-to-be-released product called Business Scorecard Manager. The product, which is

Published on: November 7th, 2005 Chris Vandersluis

The Hawthorne effect: Demystifying the measurement of project results

Newly minted project managers are often full of self importance, having just learned how to do something clever, which they believe will revolutionize the way projects are handled.If I drew a simple organigram,

Published on: September 22nd, 2005 Chris Vandersluis

Enterprise project management: To centralize or to de-centralize?

As the notion of enterprise project management becomes more prevalent in the industry, we're starting to see EPM approaches divide into a small number of camps. One of the major choices that a

Published on: May 5th, 2005 Chris Vandersluis

How to swim with the EPM sharks — without being eaten alive

The lesson of hurdle jumping in enterprise project management was brought home to me in an unusual setting. I was speaking to someone who specializes in commercial swimming pool chemicals, and he was

Published on: March 23rd, 2005 Chris Vandersluis

The beauty of enterprise project management is it’s all business

I was asked recently to help an organization prioritize its enterprise project management (EPM) deployment. The outfit in question — we'll call it Acme — had assembled a multi-departmental team to determine the

Published on: November 4th, 2004 Chris Vandersluis

Only an Olympic mindset will ensure enterprise project management success

With the Olympics now behind us, I can admit now I get emotional about those athletes who have given so much of their lives to participate in the greatest sports spectacle of our

Published on: September 23rd, 2004 Chris Vandersluis

Deploying EPM without proper training is a waste of time, money

In 1994 in these very pages I wrote an article outlining a disturbing trend in project management systems deployments. At the time, there was a significant movement away from large project management systems

Published on: July 8th, 2004 Chris Vandersluis

Five degrees of excellence with project management maturity model

There's a new model on the project management runway and it's garnering a lot of buzz. It's called the Project Management Maturity (PMM) model and it measures an organization's project management maturity. Once

Published on: May 6th, 2004 Chris Vandersluis

Gaining agility in the mental gymnasium of project management software

Here's one for the number crunchers out there: An estimated 40 million people on the planet use Microsoft Excel for project management. As a percentage of the total number of people who must

Published on: April 1st, 2004 Chris Vandersluis

Managing your portfolio

Project portfolio management is the hottest topic in the PM workspace. At one time, the term ""portfolio management"" simply meant managing multiple projects at once. The old term ""multi-project"" management referred to doing

Published on: December 18th, 2003 Chris Vandersluis