IPM Day 2017: People, Passion, and Purpose in a Digital Age

We are delighted to announce that BrightWork will be exhibiting as a Gold sponsor at this year’s International Project Management Day! IPM Day is a live online virtual conference that you can attend via your desktop, laptop, and/or mobile device, on November 2, 2017. Gain insights from Project Management experts, practitioners, and influencers around the globe from the comfort of your own desk. The conference, which has been running for 14 years, is tailored to project management and agile professionals, as well as other business leaders who utilize project management methods to achieve business success. With speakers such as Shobhana Gupta, Maxine Hill, Harold Kerzner, and Jeff Sutherland, IPM Day 2017 is expected to attract 50,000 attendees.  Further details on the agenda are available here. IPM Day 2017 provides attendees with up to 26 PDUs, aligned with PMI®’s Talent Triangle,  and two bonus courses. The price is USD $55 per person and includes 60-days access to the conference. Register here! Why attend? Exceptional content and speakers Networking and engagement Bonus access to two on-demand courses Valuable professional development On-demand conference access Great takeaways.   As always, we will have a range of ebooks, guides, on-demand webinars, and Free Project Management Templates for SharePoint in our booth. Be sure to stop by our booth, fill…

BrightWork Announce Integration with HMS Software

BrightWork have teamed with the publishers of TimeControl to integrate timesheets into their project and portfolio solution for SharePoint (Boston, MA – June 2, 2017) BrightWork are delighted to announce the availability of a new integration with TimeControl, the leading multi-purpose timesheet system from HMS Software. The integration links the TimeControl enterprise timesheet product to BrightWork, allowing users to report on timesheets right from their collaborative project management system in SharePoint.  The alliance between BrightWork and HMS was announced several weeks ago and the new integrated link between their products is now available. “Integrating with best of breed systems such as TimeControl is one of the benefits of the SharePoint-based architecture of BrightWork,” says Éamonn McGuinness, CEO of BrightWork. “TimeControl extends the already extensive functionality of BrightWork to make task updating a natural part of ending one’s day or week.  We already have some clients in common using both TimeControl and BrightWork and we are very much looking forward to working with HMS on other clients.” The combination of the BrightWork project management solution for SharePoint with TimeControl will deliver comprehensive project planning and tracking with task-by-task progressed timesheets.  Not only will BrightWork now be able to have timesheets with…

A Quick Guide to 9 Essential Project Documents

What is going to be more successful –  a project with two or three project documents or a project with hundreds of project documents? Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” answer to that question; a well-run project may need either and all of the in-between. Projects can vary in size, deliverables, life cycle, scope and that is just the tip of the variable iceberg. What is certain is that project documentation should be clear, relevant and up to date. This will ensure all project stakeholders are on the same page at the same time. Expectations, requirements, resources and risks should be obvious to all from the outset. I recently asked some of my wider community for tips on project documentation and I have summarized my findings in the blog post below. Enjoy and feel free to add your own tips and thoughts in the comments section too!   Questions to Ask Before you Start Project Documentation Prior to kicking off the gathering or developing of project documentation, it is important you first have an understanding of why the project is happening and what type of governance the project may require. This will determine how much and what type…

BrightWork Launches the 2nd Edition of Their Collaborative Project Management Handbook

Today, BrightWork launched the second edition of their book, Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook. In recent years there has been a shift away from the traditional managerial hierarchies to a much more collaborative approach to managing projects, which emphasizes teamwork and cooperation. With that in mind, BrightWork last year published the first edition of their Collaborative Project Management handbook to outline the processes, resources, and leadership skills required to manage projects collaboratively with a team. In this new edition, they have built on the practical guidance in the first book and introduced a three-step framework for implementing collaborative project management in any organization (Collaborate – Lead – Evolve). Speaking about the new edition, Éamonn McGuinness, CEO of BrightWork and book author, explained, “Modern, effective project management is about collaborative project management. It’s people working together, enjoying the journey on the way to an agreed, better destination.” He added that “The handbook is intended as a practical resource for new or accidental project managers, team members, and experienced project managers who need to coach new managers.” What’s inside this expanded edition? This second edition expands on the first version of the handbook and adds: A new 3-step Collaborative Project Management Framework with suggested implementation steps An expanded section on leadership, with new chapters covering Personal Leadership and Situational Leadership.   Praise for…

BrightWork Success – An Area of Expertise Just for You!

At BrightWork, our objective is to make it easy for you to manage projects successfully with SharePoint. This week we took the next step on that journey – BrightWork Success. BrightWork Success is an area of expertise designed specifically to help our customers accomplish more with BrightWork. With one login customers can now easily access an assortment of BrightWork and Collaborative Project Management training, resources, and support materials. If you are a customer, all you have to do to access this exclusive customer content is request access here. Our support team will be in touch once they can verify your customer status. If you are not a customer but want a sneak peek at the BrightWork Success content, simply visit here –  we’ve made some of the material open for you to enjoy too! BrightWork Success Membership includes access to: Help and FAQs An area created by our team so that our community can search for tips and knowledge about the BrightWork solution. Training Guides These training guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to use BrightWork to manage projects and portfolios on SharePoint 2013. Training Webinars These training webinars are 30 to 60 minute long videos that can help you learn how to…

New BrightWork Resource: Effective Project Meetings 101 Ebook

Poor meetings are detrimental to project harmony and project success. The consequences of inefficient meetings include poor decisions, delays in completing key tasks and a demotivated team. We have all experienced the frustration of a badly run meeting that was draining and a complete waste of time! Sometimes, it is very tempting to eliminate project meetings in favor of email, IM and other online collaboration tools. However, meetings are a critical tool to project success. Effective meetings are essential to collaborative project management. A good meeting should energize the team, making them feel connected, involved and informed. Effective meetings are essential to making informed decisions, which in turn, keeps your project on track. It is not at all hard to run effective meetings, but you must be intentional to do so. Download our new ebook and access: 10 Habits for Effective Project Meetings 3 Sample Agendas for Project Sponsor, Team and Brainstorm meetings.       Click here to download your free ebook.

Make Earned Value Management Easier with Your Free Kit

Earned Value Management is used to measure and manage the performance of a project. By analyzing the project plan and budget, work to-date and the value of work completed, you can decide if your project is on track. The process is challenging but vital. EVM can help to assess the overall health of your project and inform any critical decisions regarding the future of the project. EVM is also used to forecast the final project duration and cost. The latest BrightWork resource will make EVM easier for you and your team. Download your free kit and get: Earned Value Management Cheat Sheet with key terms and formulas Using Earned Value Management in SharePoint Projects [Webinar] Six Secrets to Using Earned Value Management [Infographic].         Click here to access the resources.  

Latest BrightWork Resource: 15 Tips for Successful Project Management

To manage a project successfully, you need to plan correctly, choose the best software, lead the team and more! Sounds complicated? With the right knowledge and insights, you can tackle any project challenge and enjoy more project success. We have put together our top 15 tips to help you do just that.       Download our latest resource and learn how to: 1.  Have an Implementation Strategy 2. Set SMART Goals 3. Eliminate Project Scope Creep 4. Know the Basics 5. And lots more!           Get your free copy here. If you would like to learn more about many, many different areas of project management, why not check out the rest of our project management tips. The videos are packed with useful information that we are sure you’ll both enjoy and find applicable to any projects you may be working on!

BrightWork Launches Task Scheduling in SharePoint and an Improved User Experience with New Release

Today, BrightWork announced the new release of their project and portfolio management solution for SharePoint. This new release delivers several capabilities to make project and portfolio management easier for their customers, headlined by the new task scheduling feature that allows users to apply simple schedules to a tasks list in SharePoint.  Additional highlights include a more attractive presentation of data through live dashboards and enhanced scorecards, as well as an easier project site creation process. “The BrightWork new release is all about responding to the feedback of our customers,” says Éamonn McGuinness, CEO of BrightWork. “Scheduling of tasks was the number one request from our customers. We have introduced an in-browser scheduling capability in a way that is simple for our customers to use. The additional enhancements provide a better user experience, giving our customers an easier way to visualize and use project information to deliver successful projects.” The highlights of the new release are outlined in this video with Éamonn McGuinness and include: Task Scheduling: The lightweight scheduling capability allows users to calculate a simple project schedule right from the tasks list of their BrightWork site, so they know when their project is going to start and finish. The…

APi Group IT Uses BrightWork to Implement Software Across 50+ Subsidiary Companies

APi Group IT was hindered with difficulties that stemmed from a lack of project visibility and reporting ability. As is a well-known tale for many companies, there was a practice of using multiple project management tools and methodologies within the department and in 2015 the IT department decided enough was enough. APi Group had been using SharePoint for quite some time and it was this connection that lead them to BrightWork and subsequently their decision to make it their project management tool. Some of the main motives behind their selection of BrightWork were that it is: Built on the SharePoint platform Customizable to their needs through multiple template options Economical and has decent licensing terms Practical for roll-up reporting. Following the “Start, Evolve” Philosophy APi Group IT is now utilizing BrightWork across the 6 teams that comprise the department. They followed the BrightWork “Start, Evolve” philosophy and deployed the software in one team first. Within 3 months it was then rolled out across all 6 teams. There are currently 50+ live projects within the solution. Ensuring the teams and managers were trained to use the software was fundamental to the successful rollout of BrightWork. Kim Norberg, APi Group’s IT Project…

Quaker Chemical Customizes BrightWork to Meet Corporate Needs

Quaker had a poor history of effectively utilizing project management systems as they suffered from traction and user adoption issues. Lack of project management knowledge and tools that required the entry of many required fields also contributed to these challenges. John Dennis, Project Manager at the time, knew there was a need for a transformation in the Quaker approach to project management across all four of Quaker’s global geographical regions. As he spearheaded this initiative, John initially looked at the possibility of Quaker designing their own Project Management Information System (PMIS) within SharePoint but it was proving too expensive. John began researching online for an alternative solution and found BrightWork. Not only was BrightWork economical, John “discovered BrightWork had 98% of everything we needed.” Deployment of BrightWork was quick and seamless Quaker began and continues to use three BrightWork templates; Lite, Standard and Structured. The templates provide a starting point from which they can be customized, (further simplify and / or expand information requirements) although John admits there are actually very few required fields. The ability to scale back on the required fields for project set up is seen as the chief contributing factor to the successful user adoption of…

New Resource Management Pocket Guide

BrightWork are delighted to announce a new piece of educational material. We are dedicated to providing the project management community with helpful and educational content that will allow you to achieve project management success. Our new guide ‘The Project Manager’s Pocket Guide to Resource Management’ is yet another step on our own personal journey towards achieving this. The ‘Project Manager’s Pocket Guide to Resource Management’ consists of 3 sections:  What is Resource Management? A Simple Resource Management Process Best Practice Tips to Ensure Success What is Resource Management? In section one, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what resource management is. As Albert Einstein said: “Any fool can know. The point is to understand” Different aspects of resource management are examined and put into simple terms, allowing you to gain a clear understanding of resource management as a whole. A Simple Resource Management Process Once you’ve learnt about resource management, the guide then introduces you to a 4 step process. These easy-to-follow steps will allow you to effectively manage your resources. Using a process when it comes to your resource management is vital. Charles Atlas captured the importance of process when he said: “Step by step and the thing is done.” The 4…

BrightWork New Release Upcoming Release: 4 Key Highlights

This Summer, BrightWork will announce the latest release of our project management software. Four key highlights in the upcoming release include: Simple scheduling Metric Tiles Enhanced scorecards Revamped Create Project See below for a review of these four highlights. 1 Task Scheduling Many, many customers have asked us to deliver simple scheduling for tasks in BrightWork, as we had many moons ago with the old Project Schedule list. I am delighted to let you know that the next release of BrightWork for SharePoint 2013 and our first release on SharePoint 2016 (due later this Summer) will have this capability included. Watch the short video below to learn more about simple scheduling.   2 Metric Tiles A new feature we hope you’ll all enjoy is the Metric Tiles web part! It is a customizable and simple way to show metrics that you can place anywhere in your project. See below for a visual example. It’s great for keeping key metrics like % Complete, Open Issues or Project Completion Dates where everyone can see them. Check out this video for a quick run-through.   3 Enhanced Scorecards We have taken our scorecards to the next level in terms of look, feel and control! You can now pick…

Welcome to our new Website!

Today is an exciting day for everyone at BrightWork – we have a brand new website! This has been a long project but a great one! After many years of internal site maintenance via Dreamweaver, we decided a while ago to get an external vendor to build us a modern CMS-based website. Unfortunately, this project did not go so well – imagine, a project management company having a failed project! As the saying goes – it could happen to a bishop. So we decided that we would hire and build our CMS internally, and what a great idea it was that we did. We hired a very smart WordPress developer and set him to work. Today we launch Version 1.0 of where we want to go, and we will be launching incremental improvements over the next few weeks, and them probably settle down to more cyclical pattern of bigger releases. This what the luxury of having an internal resource gives us. I know that if we had been with an external vendor, I would now be going to my boss to ask for more money for the next phase! I would probably have got the ok for that, but the phase…

Ascend Increases Work Visibility by 40%

In 2014, Ascend Performance Materials, a global premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics, decided the organization needed a clearer view of all projects regardless of the level of investment. After discussing their requirements at length with the company’s SharePoint administrator, Dennis Conley and Mohan Motupalli (PMO managers at Ascend) were pointed in the direction of the BrightWork Free Templates. After about 6 months of configuring and using the free templates and other home-grown SharePoint solutions for demand management, project management and portfolio management, the PMO began to look outside for a commercially-available project management tool based on SharePoint. It was then that Dennis and Mohan settled on the full BrightWork solution. Using an agile approach to deploying BrightWork, the team planned their requirements and built them, tested the results, made improvements and then moved on to the next function. This approach resulted in a three phase deployment; starting with demand management, then project collaboration sites and finally portfolio and reporting management. Over approximately six months the functional deployments were completed in the cloud, and after a two-month pilot period, the application was running in APM’s production environment. According to Dennis and Mohan: “The size of the BrightWork investment…

Our First Time Management Workshop

15th of March, 2016: Recently, BrightWork held 2 interactive time management workshops on the 23rd and 24th of March. Watch the recorded session These were a first for the company and consisted of an interactive session where attendees received training on managing the finite resource that is time. In the 1 hour session, BrightWork CEO Éamonn McGuinness went through the following: A deeper understanding of time management and its real meaning Energy management advice Email management advice A 5 step approach to managing your time 18 hints and tips to overcome common time management traps You can watch a recorded version of the workshop by following this link.  

Introducing the New BrightWork Free Trial!

2nd of March, 2016: BrightWork are delighted to announce a new free trial experience for our project and portfolio management software, making it easier than ever for users to start managing projects with SharePoint. Within minutes of signing up for the 30 Day Free Trial, users are guided through a set of on-screen walkthroughs that highlight the key features BrightWork delivers to successful project management on SharePoint.   Regarding the new experience, BrightWork CEO Éamonn McGuinness said: “Our mission at BrightWork is to make successful project management possible and easy for every organization. With this new free trial experience, we are lowering the bar for these organizations to get started quickly, and setting them on a path to project management success with BrightWork.” The new BrightWork Quick Start in the free trial consists of a set of four on-screen walkthroughs that provide step-by-step directions on how to get started managing projects in BrightWork. Within a few minutes of signing up for the BrightWork free trial, users will be able to: Create a project in the Projects and Work Tracker Add tasks and documents, and start managing the project with their team Create a project site for a larger project Understand…

BrightWork is 20 Years Old!

BrightWork officially turned 20 years of age late in 2015, and what a 20 years it has been. We have grown from strength-to-strength and are delighted to say we are still helping people all around the world achieve project management success on SharePoint. As a company, we are excited and eager to serve the project management needs of those who need it and will continue to do so for many years to come. With a constant desire to improve the BrightWork product and a fantastic team driving the company, we know that the best is yet to come. There is one particular group of people we would like to express our gratitude to most. If you have been a customer of BrightWork at any stage during the last 20 years, we thank you. All of this would not have been possible without your support and input. We care very much about the customer here in BrightWork and what you need and want from the product and have always taken your opinions into account. We are incredibly lucky to have such a loyal customer base. Here’s to another 20 years of project management success on SharePoint!

BrightWork Launches New Training Videos – Risk Management – A 6 Step Process

BrightWork are delighted to bring you yet another fantastic and informational piece of content that you can use to help guide your projects to success! Last week, we launched ‘Risk Management – A 6 Step Process’ which is a series of training videos that you can avail of (for free) today! The videos explain exactly what risk management is and they also give you a simple and repeatable process for managing risks that anyone can use! Here’s a brief overview of the 6 step risk management process to give you a taster: Identify The first step is to identify possible risks, which should be done as early as possible and repeated continuously throughout the project. Analyze and Prioritize Next up, you’re going to analyze and prioritize these risks. A proper analysis will allow you to make decisions about your project risks and be more aware of those that have a higher impact to the project. Plan and Schedule Step 3 involves going through a planning and scheduling phase. Here, you’ll begin to formulate strategies, plans and actions based off your risk analysis. Track and Report Once the project is underway, you have the tracking and reporting step. The tracking element…

Time and Energy Management At Its Finest

Eamonn McGuinness, the founder and CEO of BrightWork, is a big believer in using time and energy management as a method of achieving one’s goals, and this belief is undoubtedly what put the wheels into motion for the creation of one of BrightWork’s latest pieces of content: the Manage Your Time and Energy video series. The video series is broken into 4 very useful sections: A 5 Step Approach to Time Management Time Management Traps and Tips Manage your Energy Manage your Email The 5 Step Approach to Time Management walks through a 5 step approach to managing your time, including a suggested personal time management audit, a process for setting personal and professional goals, a “plan week” approach to managing your schedule and three tips for managing distractions. It will give you a process, a mechanism and a specific way of proceeding, which you can take and adapt to suit your personal style and your specific situation. Leading on from that, and very much related, the Time Management Traps and Tips covers 18 hints and tips to overcome these time management traps, including five tips to help you achieve your goals, six tips to help manage your schedule, and…

FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Project Office JumpStart

You may have recently read that BrightWork hosting partner Project Hosts, who have been delivering dedicated Custom Clouds for more than 11 years, became the first Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to achieve SaaS-level compliance with the FedRAMP rev4 baseline of security controls. Following on from this fantastic news, BrightWork is excited to announce our new FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Project Management JumpStart package which is designed to get a fully working project office up and running in as little as 3-4 weeks. This new package will provide U.S. Federal and State Agency customers with a secure and dedicated cloud solution which will allow them to service their project and portfolio management needs safely. Included in the FedRAMP Project Management JumpStart is the following: BrightWork software Project office deployment services BrightWork support and upgrades   If you would like to learn more about the FedRAMP Project Management JumpStart package with BrightWork, just click here. Alternatively, if you would like to try BrightWork, you can take our 30 day free trial – and get your own workspace. About FedRAMP: FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The…

Lids Replace Project Spreadsheets with SharePoint Reporting Dashboards Using BrightWork

The LIDS Sports Group, operating within Hat World, Inc., is comprised of the LIDS retail headwear stores, the LIDS Locker Room specialty fan retail chain, the LIDS Clubhouse retail stores, the LIDS Team Sports wholesale team sports business and the Internet businesses. Due to rapid growth, LIDS were required to set up a project management office to regulate the increasing number of projects which they needed to manage and with no formal project management process or tools in place, LIDS wanted to implement a SharePoint solution to leverage their project management practices. Using BrightWork, LIDS set up a project office in SharePoint divided into five departments within the organization and each department had many subcategories based on various functions. Some of those functions had their own sub-sites, creating a rather complex hierarchy, which was otherwise difficult to manage using numerous different spreadsheets With the deployment of BrightWork on SharePoint 2013, LIDS has experienced a closer collaboration among project teams and across departments. Using the BrightWork reporting dashboards in SharePoint, executives are now able to access meaningful reports in an easy and timely manner. Possibly the biggest benefit of the solution is the decommissioning of the project spreadsheets with streamlined reporting…