As we quickly approach the end of the year, companies are beginning to celebrate their successes from this year and make plans for the new year. While these two activities are important, they are most effective when paired with an activity that is commonly left out: analyzing this year’s failures. While people are often uncomfortable associating themselves with failure, it would be a huge mistake to try and move your company forward without evaluating shortcomings. When you take the time to learn from your mistakes, you can prepare yourself (and your company) to overcome these challenges and make even more powerful plans.
Failed projects cost companies a huge amount of money and frustration. One of the reasons for this is projects that lack strategic orientation. Learn why projects fail and how to solve this problem by establishing a strategic project portfolio.
Many businesses believe a chaotic and unsuccessful project portfolio is caused by a lack of project data. This leads them to put great effort into documenting and obtaining as much project data as possible. But is the problem really that they don't have enough data?
If you’ve ever managed many projects or portfolios at once, you’ve probably heard of or at least seen a Gantt chart. Gantt charts are a powerful tool for portfolio and task management used by professionals across a wide variety of industries. While now they are almost exclusively created and edited on computers, they were actually created long before computers and the internet. For over 100 years, Gantt charts have been the MVP of project portfolio management, which is why project portfolio managers are loving how Meisterplan utilizes Gantt charts in their project planning.
“Agile” has been a buzzword for quite a while. Teams work Agile. Modern management is Agile. Using an Agile framework to reorganize classic production processes is a big initiative at a lot of companies these days. Somehow, everything is Agile – and, as always, when a trend reaches its peak, we have to ask ourselves: How much of this is hype and how much of it is substance?
What is behind the hype about agile work? And what really works in the business world? In this blog post, we answer these and other questions and explain the challenges that management faces and how you can solve them.
The Meisterplan team had a great time participating in the 2018 PMI Global Conference in Los Angeles. We especially enjoyed discussing why portfolio plans work and why they don't. In this post, we share the most common responses we got to the question "Do your portfolio plans actually work? Why?".
Learn more about the recent Meisterplan review by Info-Tech analyst, Barry Cousins, including his first impression, how Meisterplan is different from the competition, and his recommendation on who should try Meisterplan.
Jon Furner, CEO of ResultsPositive and Brian Hintz, VP of Business Development and Alliances at Meisterplan discussed how companies can use Meisterplan to simplify their portfolio and resource planning and also gave a quick demo of the tool in an webinar on August 8th. Watch the video of the webinar to learn how you can simplify your planning.
2018 is proving to be an exciting year at Meisterplan. First quarter 2018 was our best quarter yet. With new features being added to Meisterplan including a new user interface that will be unveiled very soon, the tool is getting better all the time. And now, we are very excited to announce that Brian Hintz has joined the Meisterplan team as Vice President of Business Development and Alliances. Keep reading to learn more about Brian.