More UMT…More Conferences…We’ll Be At PMI Houston 2013!

In Texas and looking for great content and an opportunity to interact with the largest Microsoft PPM partner in North America?  Look no further than the PMI Houston blowout where UMT will be the Project Server torchbearer.

http://www.pmihouston.org/content.php?page=Annual_Conference

We’re planning on bringing our best topics to the table, with a special emphasis on what’s next in industry-recognized project financial governance. Attend any of our presentations to learn how to architect project portfolio management structures with the global leader in the field.

We don’t just think enterprise project management, we live it.

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More UMT…More Conferences…We’ll Be At PMI Houston 2013!

Strategic Decision Making in an Uncertain Reality

Still a few spots left for our upcoming webinar on a topic that’s near and dear to my heart.

In this presentation we will discuss key principles of effective decision-making:
* The rational and emotional process of decision making;
* The bias and assumptions that impact decisions;
* Methods for enhancing insight, experience, and judgment;
* Methods that help make wise choices under risk, uncertainty, and constraints.

Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST | 10:00am to 11:00am PST
Location: Microsoft Live Meeting

Register Here

Strategic Decision Making in an Uncertain Reality

Happy Lunar New Year 2013!

…and to think, 12 years ago today, I was working for a Siemens vendor in China and enjoying snake broth with colleagues in Fengmei’s Beijing apartment….

In honor of the holiday, here’s a jazzy version of that Mongolian folk favorite, Migratory Birds.  I was looking for the more up tempo version I used to hear in UB in the late 90s, but this is pretty good too…

 

And for good measure, for those who are nostalgic for the steppes at this time of year, here’s Khurd’s classic, Ikh Khoron…  Fairly decent production values for when it was made, I suppose…..

Happy Lunar New Year 2013!

UMT in the News

Don’t know if you saw this, but on behalf of everyone at UMT, I am proud to announce that we’ve placed in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated IT Portfolio Analytics.

Curious what that might actually mean to you?  Check out our upcoming Webinar on January 29:

http://www.umt.com/en-us/education/upcoming-events/222/umt-webinar-get-more-value-from-your-application-portfolio-and-control-100-of-it-spend.aspx

Get More Value from Your Application Portfolio and Control 100% of IT Spend

With IT budgets reaching hundreds of millions of dollars, CIOs find themselves under increasing pressure to reduce operating costs, improve performance and better communicate the value of IT to the business. IT leaders often inherit a complex environment comprised of systems that have been homegrown, purchased or added through various mergers. They are then faced with the daunting task of evolving the IT portfolio to align with changing business priorities and emerging technical trends.

UMT IT 360 platform and combines application portfolio management (APM), IT financial management and project portfolio management (PPM) best practices to provide a comprehensive Application Centric Planning framework. UMT IT 360 consolidates asset, project, resource and financial data to provide a dynamic blueprint of the entire IT environment. The solution helps CIOs, IT Portfolio Managers, PMOs and CFOs effectively collaborate to identify, model and implement transformation strategies to deliver current and future state architectures that align with business priorities and deliver a competitive advantage.

During this session we will discuss how UMT IT 360’s Application Centric planning framework can help you:
– Visualize relationships across IT Domains to create One IT Portfolio
– Standardize and streamline data collection across the Application Portfolio
– Use the five principles of enduring APM success
– Effectively analyze the portfolio and communicate transformation roadmaps
– Derive and control higher quality IT Demand
– Proactively measure performance and take corrective action

UMT in the News

Ruminating on Progress in 2012

The end of the year is traditionally one for reflection, an arbitrary milestone to look back at what we did right over the last year – and what we did wrong….a time to review what we’ve done to get ourselves closer to our goals.

In that spirit, I’ll close out the year with this article.  I stumbled across it about ten years ago, and I’ve probably re-read it at least once a year since then.  It’s definitely well worth both a read and a moment to reflect.

http://www.fastcompany.com/41704/dr-brilliant-vs-devil-ambition

Happy New Year!  Catch you in 2013.

Ruminating on Progress in 2012

The Epistemological Year in Review: Top Posts of 2012

As the year tapers off to a close, I figured I’d continue with a tradition and list the top ten posts of the year.   I know it sounds simple in theory, but much like a simple exercise in Business Intelligence and project metrics, I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out just how to calculate what exactly should comprise the top ten list.  As in many circumstances where a client asks a seemingly simple question, this question is actually quite tough to answer.

Hence, following the footsteps of many PMs before me, I engaged in the time honored ritual of taking something that should really be quite simple, and made it much more complicated than it actually deserves.  For those bloggers out there reading this, take this as a gauntlet thrown down to challenge you to come up with an even more complicated blog rating metric in coming years.

First off the list (in alphabetical order).  Following that, for those people who are actually interested, a few notes about the methodology. 

  1. Adding Filtered Project Dashboards to PDPs (Part 1)
  2. Automatically Filtering Excel Reports in PerformancePoint Dashboards
  3. Capturing Custom Timescaled Data in Project Server (Part I)
  4. Depicting Detailed Timeline Views with Visio Reports
  5. First Look: Querying Project Server 2013 OData with LINQPad
  6. Flagging Project Owner Changes with OData and VBA
  7. Project 2013 On-Premises: The Missing Settings
  8. Project Server Business Intelligence Resources (Part 1)
  9. Project Server Business Intelligence Resources (Part 3)
  10. Task Paths in Project 2013

Now, a note about the methodology:

I could have been lazy and simply looked at the total number of hits each blog post received over the year – which is what I did last year.  This would have resulted in a front loaded list of top posts, as clearly the posts I published in the beginning of the year would have had all year to accumulate hits, whereas the posts at the end of the year would have only had a few months to accumulate posts.  Hence, option #1 would have been front loaded with earlier posts.

The second option would have been to take all of the posts and pro-rate them based on the total number of hits divided by the total number of working days since the post was published.  This would have been a fair approach – if the overall blog readership had remained static over the year.  But the blog readership did not remain static.  In fact, I’m happy to report that the monthly traffic on this site is up 100% over the same time period in 2011.  Hence, the average daily hit rate per post in the latter half of the year was much higher than the earlier part.  This approach would have meant that the latter 47% of the posts were basically freeloading off of the audience generated by the posts in the first half off the year.  Clearly, that situation would have been untenable.

So I settled on option #3: normalize the number of hits/post (filtered on 2012 posts only) per day; sum the results into a normalized number of hits, and then divide that normalized score by the number of working days since the post was published.  It’s quite simple, really.  Even simpler when you realize that WordPress offers an API to generate the required data. 

I’ll spare you all of the boring details, but I was able to leverage some of my OData querying skills to generate the following URL:

http://stats.wordpress.com/csv.php?api_key=[PERSONALKEY]&blog_uri=https://azlav.wordpress.com&table=postviews&days=-1

This ends up generating our data set, which may be downloaded into Excel.

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Once in Excel, I was able to do all of the required calculations using Vlookups and a couple of PivotTables.   For those dedicated readers out there, feel free to provide additional suggestions on how we can take this relatively simple exercise and make it even more extraordinarily complicated in future years.  (Did someone mention Eigenvectors?)

In other words….happy holidays and wishing you the best in 2012 and 2013!

The Epistemological Year in Review: Top Posts of 2012