The Sydney Harbour Bridge – Project management at its finest

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. If there is one remarkable feat in construction, ‘The Coathanger’ as Aussies affectionately call it, would have to be right up there.

As the largest steel arch bridge in the world, it took 1 400 workers, 53 000 tonnes of steel, two creeper cranes, four maintenance cranes, 18 000m3 of granite blocks, 6 million hand driven rivets and eight years to complete.

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What’s the number one tool project managers use to manage projects?

I just came across this study from Besner and Hobbs on the PMI website, and it was looking at the top 70 tools and techniques project managers use to manage projects in the real world. Interestingly, looking at a broad cross section of project managers from organisations of differing levels of maturity and managing projects of different sizes, one thing remained constant.

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IPM can now integrate with Oracle Primavera P6

Here at IPM we’ve been busy developing a new product in the IPM suite; an integration tool for Oracle Primavera P6. As an additional product in the IPM suite, the integration tool gives you the option of extending your project management capabilities by incorporating features from both systems.

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Why the global marketplace is changing the way we manage projects

If there is anything the global economic crisis has taught us is that there’s no escaping globalisation. Whether we like it or not, the marketplace we operate in is global, and things that happen in one country affect people and organisations in another. No longer are we our own islands, responsible for our own directions, and immune to the decisions of others.

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Tracking RFI and RFQ Information with IPM Mail Manager

I’m very pleased to let you know we have recently developed a brand new addition to the IPM Suite called the IPM Mail Manager. As an additional product, the mail manager can extend the capabilities of IPM’s current RFI and RFQ functions, so it works well for both project managers and estimators.

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What Microsoft Dynamics CRM brings to the project management table

At the end of last year, I came across a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, which was released in May. Looking closely at the findings, they are impressive. So I thought what better way to kick off the New Year than to highlight just how much benefit using a CRM system for your project management needs can give you. If you’re already using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 with IPM, then rest assured, you’ve made a solid investment. And if you’re not, then perhaps you may have just come across a belated New Year’s resolution?

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What would you like to hear on the IPM blog in 2012?

I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now, and we have started to see a steady increase in our readership as the months have gone by. So I thought I’d like to start off 2012 by finding out a little bit about my readers and what sort of topics you’d like to see me cover this year. If you’d like to be involved, I’ve put a super short survey (60 secs tops!) at the bottom of this entry so you can tell me what you’d like to hear in 2012. Be it new IPM product updates, quick guides on how to use a particular feature of IPM or more industry news, let me know! I really appreciate your help for making the IPM Blog bigger and better in 2012.

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