Author Archives: Andrew Lavinsky

About Andrew Lavinsky

I am a consultant with the UMT Consulting Group, one of the premiere project portfolio management consulting companies in the world, galaxy, or universe for all I know.

Calling all PPM Folks in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio….

Project and portfolio management is coming to Texas this November!  We’d like to invite you to an Executive Briefing coming soon to a location near you: Learn how companies such as Devon Energy were able to leverage modern project and … Continue reading

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Running Workflows on a Project Server Linked Task List

In Project Server 2013, Microsoft has introduced a new feature where task data from the project schedule is automatically synchronized with the first task list found alphabetically on the linked Project Site.  When it does that, it locks down the … Continue reading

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Project Portfolio Management: The Perspective of Choice

When enterprise architects meet up over beer and start parsing the terminology of enterprise architectural modeling, the concept of perspectives comes up, i.e. the ability to model the underpinning structure of the enterprise from a number of different perspectives – … Continue reading

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Deliverable Dashboards with SharePoint Workflow

A common request in project management is to be able to create a dashboard for each project that shows the status of specific defined deliverables that must be created.  For example, the project manager must be able to see that … Continue reading

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Updating Milestone Reports One Project At a Time in Project Online

One of the main concerns about reporting with OData is that it’s tough to control the specific parameters of the data query on the fly.  The default solution is generally to run one massive query, dump the data into a … Continue reading

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Heading to Tempe on October 16th!

Looking to learn more about how Microsoft’s Project Online will support your strategic project portfolio management capabilities?  Come on out to Microsoft’s Tempe office next Thursday afternoon (10/16) where I’ll be leading a hands on session on the topic. http://www.umt.com/events/experience-project-online-tempe/Continue reading

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A Focus on Resource Management is Value Deferred

A PMO’s job is fundamentally to operate as an investment advisor to the business.  A PMO should recommend to the business how to best structure projects and the project portfolio to reduce risk and enhance value.  All too often however, … Continue reading

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