ARES PRISM Blog

How To Improve Your Project Management Batting Average

Posted by Tom Cutting on Sep 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If there were a project management hall of fame, would you want to improve your winning streak? Here's how! 

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Helpful Tips, Project Controls

Why PRISM Docs Is The Leading Document Management Solution

Posted by Ett DiGiovanni on Sep 8, 2017 3:47:34 PM

So you've been searching for a tool to use for document management.  The market is full of options, so how do you know what's right for you? 

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Topics: Helpful Tips, PRISM News, Efficiency

Earned Value Cheat Sheet

Posted by Gail Medley on Jan 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Find yourself forgetting important Earned Value formulas and symbols? Use this handy cheat sheet to refresh your memory! Click here for a printable version.

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Helpful Tips, Cost Management, Project Controls

Accurate Schedules Using The DCMA Assessment

Posted by Gail Medley on Dec 15, 2016 9:17:01 AM

In 2005, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) implemented a 14-Point Schedule to help identify potential issues within project schedules. These 14 points act as a means of evaluating schedules to ensure they are built to best practices.

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Topics: Earned Value Management, Helpful Tips, Project Controls

Tips & Tricks: Why Am I Locked Out Of My Project?

Posted by Costa Bitar on Jul 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Ever wondered why you're unable to access your PRISM project at a specific moment in time? Especially during period close?

There are times when you will need to access a project but can't because someone is logged in as ‘Exclusive’. It can be incredibly frustrating - but there is a solution!

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Helpful Tips, Efficiency

Systems Integration: Bringing Your Data Together

Posted by Gail Medley on Jun 13, 2016 3:02:58 PM

Systems integration - linking together all your computer systems and software into one cohesive whole.  It seems like a good idea, right?  But why is integration so important?

Having integrated systems allows organizations to: 

  • Avoid data silos.
  • Gain real-time visibility into their data.
  • Reduce mistakes and duplications.
  • Save time by not having to manually import data.
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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Helpful Tips, PRISM News, Efficiency

Introduction to Cognitive Business Intelligence

Posted by Gail Medley on Mar 31, 2016 2:03:32 PM

Next week ARES PRISM will be at the AACE Alaska Western Workshop. While at the conference, we will be presenting on the topic of "Cognitive Business Intelligence". Here is a little sneak peek into the presentation!

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Topics: Dashboards, Helpful Tips, PRISM News

Improving Visibility in Capital Projects

Posted by Gail Medley on Feb 17, 2016 3:13:21 PM

Projects are getting larger and more complicated with each passing day. In order for organizations to remain competitive they must find a way to improve their efficiency and visibility when managing projects. A lack of visibility or efficiency can cause an array of issues in a project.  If team members are unable to easily access information it limits their capability to make decisions or detect risks, ultimately undermining project success.

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Topics: Project Lifecycle Management, Helpful Tips, White Paper Downloads, Efficiency

The Easy Way to Implement Recommended Practice AACE 86R-14

Posted by Gail Medley on Feb 1, 2016 3:51:19 PM

AACE provides project managers with an array of recommended practices to help them better manage and report on their projects. The newest recommended practice is AACE 86R-14, which offers guidelines on variance analysis and reporting.

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Topics: Helpful Tips, White Paper Downloads

Secret to Success:  Training Your Employees

Posted by Simon Medley on Jan 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

“Train people well enough so they can leave.  Treat them well enough so they don’t want to."
- Richard Branson - 

Training is seen by many employees as an integral part of their overall compensation – it demonstrates a belief in the employee and a willingness to help them develop and grow.

The crux of the issue is that training employees can be incredibly expensive to an organization. But not training them can be even more expensive in the long run. 

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Topics: Helpful Tips