About Emma Hanes

Emma Hanes is an Ohio native happy to call Houston her home. As a Content Development Manager, Emma works to answer customer questions through informative content. She is happiest when writing blogs or white papers that are helpful to businesses and the people who manage project portfolios. In her spare time, you can find her at the dog park with her rescue dog, Booray.

What is a Project Sponsor and How Can They Help You Complete More Projects?

Projects are rarely a one-person job. While some small projects might involve only a handful of people, most projects depend on many people to get everything done. Not only are there employees who work on the project regularly, but there are stakeholders, executives, managers and other personnel who have their hand in the project some of the time. It might appear to be unnecessary to have so many individuals and roles involved in one project, but it’s actually incredibly important for completing projects.

By |2020-02-03T18:50:42+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Project Portfolio Management|

Five Types of Planning and How They Can Help You Deliver More Projects

Because planning may feel like second nature, few realize there are actually many different types of plans used to get results. This is particularly true for planning in a professional capacity. We compiled a list of the five most common types of planning and how they can help companies improve strategy execution. You’ve likely heard of at least a few of these types, but you may not have given them the attention needed to understand the benefits of each type of planning and how they can help you deliver more projects. So, let’s get a little more familiar with planning.

By |2020-01-08T16:31:32+00:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Project Portfolio Management|

How Celebrating Your Successes This Year Can Lead to Better Strategy Execution Next Year

There is no question that this is a busy time of year. For businesses, this time of year entails wrapping up projects, making plans for the new year, and tying up any loose ends. It’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and forget to celebrate the successes you and your company experienced this year. Even if this year had many hardships or if you missed many of the goals you wanted to accomplish, it is incredibly important for companies to set aside time to recognize all successes (big or small) before launching into the new year.

By |2019-12-09T16:13:32+00:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Project Portfolio Management|

Applying Agile Principles as a Guide for Agile Resource Management

The Agile method has a dominating force in the project management world. What started as a method for developers is now being used by all types of professionals in many industries. Although the Agile method has proven to be extremely effective for many teams, it has posed a significant problem for resource management. When traditional project management is replaced by things such as Scrum and Kanban, how do you adjust your resource management to fit the new demands of the Agile method?

By |2019-10-24T21:23:14+00:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Resource Management|

Highlights from PMI Global 2019

Meisterplan was extremely excited to be a silver sponsor at the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global conference in Philadelphia. We sent our Project Portfolio Management (PPM) experts Emma Hanes and Karoline Holicky, our Vice President of Business Development, Brian Hintz, and our CEO Christoph Hirnle. We also had the privilege of inviting one of our customers, Darrin McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Technology at Interra Credit Union. Darrin gave an engaging presentation on how he used Meisterplan to build a Project Management Office (PMO) for Interra Credit Union.

By |2019-10-17T15:54:20+00:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Company News|

Surviving Volatility in the Oil and Gas Industry with Plans That Work

The oil and gas industry has always been subject to upturns and downturns, but the last few years have seen dramatic changes to the industry’s landscape. The cycle of boom and bust is less like a predictable pattern and more like riding a rollercoaster blindfolded. Here's how you can not only survive the volatility, but thrive in a dynamic landscape.

By |2019-10-16T07:32:16+00:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Resource Management|