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This series is focused on approaching HRIS Project Management from outside of the box as experienced and documented by Garrett OBrien of CGServicesUSA Inc as well as Lauren Gander of HR Software Solutions, Inc.
Lets be clear right up front that we are not ditching any of the methodologies of Project Management. Instead, we are taking a look at just why some projects go so well while most others do not from our own experiences as well as those documented elsewhere. From there we are focusing on the successful elements that seem to be missing from most Project Management methodologies. The projects that do not go so well happen more frequent than not and it seems most Project Managers just give in to timeline extensions and over budget occurrences as being part of the learning curve to gain for the next project as well as being part of the job.
Garrett did as well until his 5th project and decided there was more to making a project come in on-time and within budget than just luck and more likely the cause of missing skills as well as incorrect perceptions. If some Project Managers could run most if not all their projects on time and within budget while most others could not, then we sought out to find out why some could consistently do so well.
We look into what contributed to those consistent successes in our entire content series The HRIS World Project Insights Series™ with the first 6 posts sharing the professional experiences of Garrett OBrien. These 1st 6 posts are the foundation of most of this series and it is highly suggested you give them a good read. They are easily found with the short URLs j.mp/thwCESintro1 to /thwCESintro6 as well as in the listing of related content in the toggle box at the end of all posts related to this series.
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Editor’s note: this is a repost about workforce analytics from the HR Software Solutions Inc. blog
A recent article in Computerworld by Michelle Rafter inspires our latest thoughts on the HR Software Solutions blog.
“Human resources is, by definition, all about managing people — historically considered the softer side of business.“But companies are increasingly tieing staffing decisions directly to specific business problems, strategies, and goals, an approach popularized in part by tech companies such as Google.
“And to do that, they need data — lots of data.
“Enter workforce analytics systems.
“These applications mix HR data with information from sales, finance and other business operations to create reports and forecasts that C-suite executives can use to, for example, determine the best way to allocate funds for compensation, nip increases in turnover or figure out why sales reps in one office close deals twice as often as others.
“But for workforce analytics to do what it’s supposed to, HR professionals have to collaborate with colleagues from other parts of the business, including IT.
“It’s unusual for organizations to start an analytics program without IT’s help because the many HR systems involved can make it a complicated undertaking.”
Big data is all the rage in the HR world and with good reason.
As Michelle explains above, having insight into what’s going well, or what is going poorly, within your company is key.
Finding the context behind and the narrative for major decisions will help management make better ones.
It can be difficult when HR and IT link up – speaking different “languages” and unsure how to meet each other’s goals for a given project.
Hiring an HRIS consultant can help ease this transition and bridge the gap between departments.
If you feel you could use any level of assistance in workforce analytics, contact Lauren Gander of HR Software Solutions Inc by clicking the button below…
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More Content In This Series…
- The King of ROI is Beyond Knowledge and Great Skill Sets
- An Update On Our Launched Programs and Projects
- How to Learn the Art of Negotiating Your Contract
- Why The HRIS World?
- 5 Strong Reasons Your Company Should Move to Agile Development
- HR and IT Need to Combine Efforts on Workforce Analytics
- Tips On Picking The Right Project Manager
- Is Your HR Management Strategizing for Success?
- The Myths Many Believe About Home Office…
- Is ‘Which Project Methodology is Best?’ the Right Question?
- Big Data for Predicting Job Performance: Big Dollar$? or Big Whup ?
- Online Service for Booking SAP Consultants
- What Is the Key to Fully Utilizing Big Data in HR?
- How Do You Know When You Are Asking the Right Questions?
- Just What Is HRIS? (Intro Part 1 of 6)
- Is The Rate of Change in Technology Initiating Legal Concerns?
- Performing a Needs Assessment on Project Management (Intro Part 4 of 6)
- The Role of a Product Owner in Agile Projects
- Can You Name the 7 Steps to Effective Project Management?
- Your Guide to Effectiveness: 5 Top Process Improvement Books
- Is Your HRIS Up to Par?
- Reassessing the Management in Project Management (Intro Part 5 of 6)
- Need Help Searching for a Payroll Service Provider?
- HR Undercover: Buying Software (Part 2 of 3)
- No Time to Document Business Processes? Really??
- Avoiding Common End-User Training Mistakes
- Should You Try to Learn Six Sigma on Your Own?
- Lean Six Sigma vs. Six Sigma – Which Is for You?
- Looking at Project Management From Outside the Box (Intro Part 6 of 6)
- How Cloud Service Interruptions Are Only Symbolic
- The Key Components of Solid End-User Training
- How to Ensure A Successful HRIS Implementation – Part 2 of 2
- Open Source HR Software? or Closed Source? Which Shall It Be?
- A Beginner’s Guide to Cloud Applicant Tracking Systems
- What is Business Process Reengineering?
- How Mobile Technology Can Improve Your Recruitment Process
- Manage Your Project’s Expectations Before They Manage You — In Court…
- Managing Conflicts Within Your Team
- How Big Data Can Refine Recruiting
- Would These 2 Things Make a Difference in Your Projects?
- Can Feasibility Studies Be Contributing to Implementation Pains?
- Managing A Global Workforce
- The Importance of Keeping Users in Mind When Adopting New HR Tech
- Analytics Can Help Keep Your Company Strong
- Will Technology Take Over Recruiting?
- Why All the Pain When It Comes to Implementations?
- The Evolution of HR Technology
- Why Are Implementation Costs Higher Than Initial Estimates?
- HR Undercover: Replace Your System Not Your Staff (Part 3 of 3)
- Systematic & Effective Planning for Your HRIS Project (Intro Part 3 of 6)
- BEFORE Searching for A New HRIS System (Intro Part 2 of 6)
- RFP? Or Scenario? Which Shall It Be?
- HR Undercover: Challenge and Change (Part 1 of 3)
- How Do You Reduce the Implementation Pain Points? (part 2)
- How Do You Reduce the Implementation Pain Points? (part 1)
- Embracing Agile Business: Is Your Company Agile Enough to Thrive?
- How to Ensure A Successful HRIS Implementation – Part 1 of 2
- How to Obtain A PMP Certification While Maintaining Your Work Schedule
- Can You List 5 Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Using Six Sigma?
- You Need to Find the Ideal Data Integration Software Provider, But How?
- How Basecamp Impacts Project Management Execution
- Basecamp Will Definitely Change the Way You Do Project Management
- Why Add Customer Feedback to the SLCD?
- Applying Six Sigma to Transactions and Services
- Great Project Management? Strategy and Vision, Not Ownership of Results
- Why Process Management and Improvement is Becoming Paramount
- Are You Learning Project Management the Right Way?
- How Do You Overcome the Change Management Process?
- Troubleshooting and Business Processes in the Cloud Are… Different
- Need a KPI Template? We Have More than 15,000 KPI’s for You!
- What Can Happen When the RFI is Overlooked
- How PMP Certification Can Enhance Career Prospects
- Get – and Keep – Your Project Management Certification
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Lauren is the President of HR Software Solutions, Inc which is located in the greater New York City area.
Prior to starting HRSS, she worked with sanofi-aventis, SilkRoad technology, and HRchitect.
Educated at Stevens Institute of Technology, Lauren's specialties include HRIS, Compensation, Talent Management, Succession Planning Software, and Professional Services Implementations.
When relaxing, you will find her four-wheeling on the trails with her husband.
Latest posts by Lauren Gander (see all)
- What is Social Learning and How Does It Apply to HR? - Mon, 12-Jun-2017
- Creating a Successful Professional Development Plan - Tue, 6-Jun-2017
- HR and IT Need to Combine Efforts on Workforce Analytics - Tue, 14-Mar-2017
- What Is the Key to Fully Utilizing Big Data in HR? - Sat, 16-Apr-2016
- Avoiding Common End-User Training Mistakes - Tue, 12-Jan-2016