The HRIS World Project Insights Series™

Picking the Right Project Manager

Tips On Picking The Right Project Manager

| Garrett O'Brien - Picking the right project manager is a process that involve making many very important decisions -- and the outcome of these decisions can mean the success for your project, or its failure. Moving forward with the selection process for the right project manager for your business means knowing the right qualifications to have in mind for the person you will be choosing, as well as knowing the right questions to ask. Your discernment during this process needs to be focused as well as relying upon the feedback of others as well as your gut. That said, here are a few attributes to look for on your search...

Our Top 25 Viewed Posts for 2016

| Garrett O'Brien - From Whence We Came While scanning over our top 25 viewed posts for 2016, I was humbled yet amazed we did as well as we did this year. They say it's not the fall that matters but that it is the bounce that counts. We bounced good! It always helps to step back and measure where one has grown, maintained ground... lost ground... As well as assess just how high we bounced. Truthfully, the last 2 years have been a huge challenge as many projects we started failed before they could even take off, or they took off and crash landed. We knew the risks for trying a lot of new things at the same time - not the most conducive environment for stability so thankfully we get bored easily here! For those that make themselves available to learn during the process, doing a lot of things at the same time builds character, strength, insight, discernment -- ...

Introducing Our Features for Everyone

| Garrett O'Brien - With this post we are launching with our new features and services - there are features for everyone, features for our members, as well as services for vendors. We are also officially relaunching with a new server, new theme, along with a ton of work performed on the back end. You will be introduced to the features for everyone in this post, and in our next post you will be introduced to the features for our members and a third post for our vendor services. And before we get started, we do want to offer our apologies to all for the abrupt downtime this month - the previous theme broke something resulting in not being able to accomplish anything on the back end without resorting to another theme during the process, bouncing back to the original and/or massaging the database. We already had the theme you see now started in ...

HR Software Solutions Renews Its Relationship with The HRIS World

| Garrett O'Brien - One of our means to keeping The HRIS World going is to provide marketing support to vendors. And one of those vendors is our Preferred Vendor for HRIS services focuses on providing vendor management, system selection, project management, system implementation and HR outsourcing. Their name? Well, their logo says it all... About HR Software Solutions, Inc. As a professional services firm, HR Software Solutions Inc. was founded with the mission of developing trusted business partnerships through mutual trust and respect. They were founded in 2006 with the goal of providing businesses with the resources needed to run an effective implementation while helping them achieve their organizational goals and objectives. Founder and President, Lauren DeFilippo Gander, is a Human Resources professional with more than 20 years experience in all aspects of Human Resources working with both medium and large organizations, private and public sectors alike. Prior to starting HR Software Solutions, Ms. ...

Is Your HR Management Strategizing for Success?

| Kyle Lagunas - Human resources has grown beyond the traditional functions of its youth. No longer solely responsible for managing employee records or benefits, HR professionals are now focused on developing strategies for developing the workforce. Largely made possible by innovations in software technology, this trend towards growing and managing talent—what most analysts refer to as strategic HR—can make a significant impact on your organization’s success. But what exactly is strategic HR?

Big Data for Predicting Job Performance: Big Dollar$ or Big Whup ?

| Tom Janz - It’s hard to crack open a business magazine or click on a human resource blog these days without coming across the phrase ‘Big Data’ in the headline. Most definitions of ‘Big Data’ center around words that begin with the letter ‘V’– Volume, velocity, and variety. Volume means big, not surprisingly. Where Megabyte used to mean ‘big’ and now Gigabyte means ‘big’ now, Big Data is measured in terabytes, petabytes, and zettabytes (a trillion gigabytes). Yet when it comes to predicting job performance, we seldom have had more than a few megabytes of data. The largest meta-analyses that combine the data from hundreds of studies that include data on the performer’s mental ability, personality, bio-data, training courses, work experience, and credit history, in order to predict important performance outcomes such as supervisory performance ratings, attendance data, customer satisfaction scores, production and wastage data would still have a hard time exceeding a ...
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What Is the Key to Fully Utilizing Big Data in HR?

| Lauren Gander - In spite of mounting evidence that the use of Big Data allows human resources professionals to contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations in a number of forward-looking ways, many HR departments are failing to take full advantage of this relatively new technology. "Big Data might seem like an HR buzzword, but it is one that will not go away -- and one that HR should not ignore" writes former HR trade journalist and current Forbes contributor Karen Higginbottom.   img cr: Bersin by Deloitte | Slideshare March 2012  

How Do You Know When You Are Asking the Right Questions?

| Garrett O'Brien - With the economical challenges every business is facing, trimming costs and maintaining a watchful eye on overhead and project costs is paramount for all businesses, whether SMB’s or international enterprises. The economics landscape is changing drastically -- and ideas, innovative or not, need to be focused on providing more return for their investment… This includes an increase in efficiencies, cost-effectiveness, a well-defined ROI is imperative to keeping costs under control and effective training that reduces the learning curve after the implementation.

Just What Is HRIS? (Intro Part 1 of 6)

| Garrett O'Brien - Well, simply stated, HRIS is an acronym for Human Resources Information Systems... HRIS is also known as HRMS... Human Resource Management Systems... Or HCM... Human Capital Management... But this only enlightens you to acronyms and tells you nothing about HRIS...

Is The Rate of Change in Technology Initiating Legal Concerns?

| Garrett O'Brien - With the rate of change in technology, legal concerns are building up everywhere. Both cannot keep pace with how fast things are suddenly happening. And given Moore’s Law, this pace is not about to slow down either — which also means there are going to be some headaches as well as opportunities in dealing with the legal circles. No matter how fast anything changes there are some constants that must be taken into account. As cloud computing gets its name from the fact that everything you do seems to be available anywhere, then where is your data really located? How is it being stored? Who is responsible for its security? Laws are usually based upon entities and/or sovereignties and it creates boundaries in which the protection of the law is supposed to be applied. Given the nature of cloud computing then, a key question about cloud computing remains unresolved in ...

Performing a Needs Assessment on Project Management (Intro Part 4 of 6)

| Garrett O'Brien - In our first 3 articles of this series, we provided an introduction to What a HRIS sytem is in "What is a HRIS system?" Rethinking beyond the traditional project methodologies in our post BEFORE Searching for a new HRIS system when selecting a HRIS system during the implementation of a HRIS system As well as taking a a systematic, efficient selection and planning process to your HRIS project As with any methodology, it is inevitable there would be a need to strengthen any weaknesses. Most methodologies and processes evolve in cycles, usually resulting from the needs that grow as the result of new technologies and from evidences that certain aspects of the processes needs improvement. Complexity and change always magnifies weaknesses as well as strengths. The more complex the project, the more the weaknesses and inefficiencies become magnified.  

Can You Name the 7 Steps to Effective Project Management?

| Michael Deaven - These are very basic points that can assist any PM -- Whether it’s your first project or your hundredth. Many times it is the simplest and basic of things that have tripped us up and caused more harm than good. Guest blogger Michael C. Deavon discusses 7 basic things the novice as well as veteran can use.

Is Your HRIS Up to Par?

| Chris Martin - A human resources department is only as good as its HR software. Even if the group's members are highly skilled and knowledgeable about HR practices and processes, it won't mean anything if the HR software cannot implement their initiatives effectively and in a timely manner. So how can you tell if your human resources integration software is meeting the needs of your organization? Here is a checklist that can help you answer that important question...

Reassessing the Management in Project Management (Intro Part 5 of 6)

| Garrett O'Brien - In my previous article, Performing a Needs Assessment on Project Management, a discussion was presented to look at the effort and resources consumed throughout the project (including the budget). A comparison of these two variables to the project phases provided the following diagrams, using the same timelines…

Need Help Searching for a Payroll Service Provider?

| Debbie Allen - Micro & SMB's Have Unique Payroll Needs 3 Tips for Finding the Ideal Payroll Service Provider for Your Company Accuracy and Compliance Every business owner can attest to the fact that payroll is a frustrating and time-consuming part of business management. Keeping track of employees’ hours and worrying about tax regulations and laws can be a full-time responsibility. It’s not surprising that most businesses, small and large alike, seek the help of a qualified payroll service provider to help them with this task. Click the read more button to discover how working with these companies is a great way to turn the work over to someone else...

HR Undercover: Buying Software (Part 2 of 3)

| Garrett O'Brien - Editor's note: The stories you are about to read are true, only the names have been changed,to protect the innocent as well as that of the author. The stories have been verified as accurate and trueand the author is a well known person in the HRIS industry. We are humbled that we have gained their trust.There are 3 parts to this series, each to be published monthly, second Thursday of each month. Feel free to start a conversation below the storyperhaps you can validate some of this with your own experience..   I have been working as an HR troubleshooter for the last 25 years. During that time, I have met and worked with some of the smartest -- and dumbest -- managers around. I’ve seen fortunes wasted on the wrong HR software system, the wrong people asking the wrong questions and watched open-mouthed as money flew out of the ...

No Time to Document Business Processes? Really??

| Garrett O'Brien - Quite often the instructions on or plans for something needs to be accomplished is well documented. Instructions for recipes, for directions, for medicines – they are everywhere... Recipes: what ingredients are needed for making a cake, how much of each ingredient to add, how long to bake the cake, at what temperature the oven should be. Directions (such as in MapQuest): where to turn, how far to travel a street or highway, sites along the way, landmarks, restrooms. Medicines: what ages qualify, what dosage to take for each age group, how often you should take the medication, when you should stop, warning signs to look for. In many cases, we already familiar with the instructions as we have been using the item or doing the process for a while – and the process involved has not changed. Occasionally we will recheck the instructions – and most times discover they are ...
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Avoiding Common End-User Training Mistakes

| Lauren Gander -   Adopting the right HRIS software is a crucial step in helping human resources professionals do their jobs more effectively and efficiently, as well as providing a business or organization’s employees with the tools they need to manage their benefits. However, the process does not end after the purchase is made. Equally important to evaluating and buying new HR software is the training process that accompanies rolling it out...

Looking at Project Management From Outside the Box (Intro Part 6 of 6)

| Garrett O'Brien - This is the last of 6 articles looking at Project Management from a perspective outside the box. In the first article, Performing A Needs Assessment on Project Management, we asked questions that focused at the whole process of obtaining and implementing a HRIS system. Questions such as, Is it really necessary to… change what is working? improve upon what is working? change what is not working? change what is not working well? In my second article, Reassessing the Management in Project Management we discussed the improvements that can be made that will result in greater flexibility within the project without impacting the budget and timeline possibly even a lowering project budgets by shifting and honing a few priorities and making some budgetary changes what are we assuming that should be challenged? what should we be questioning that we are not? The 3rd in a series of articles continues...
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The Key Components of Solid End-User Training

| Lauren Gander - Rolling out new HR software can pose a challenge for human resource administrators and company employees alike, and there is often a period of adjustment. Effective end-user training is essential to minimizing the inevitable learning curve, and to making the most of the investments (of both time and money) your company has made in selecting a new software solution. Deb Shinder of TechRepublic offers the following advice for rolling out end-user training and decreasing the chance of a decline in productivity...

How to Ensure A Successful HRIS Implementation – Part 2 of 2

| Lauren Gander - In her previous post, Lauren initiated a conversation on the value of a Client Executive Sponsor for your HR technology project. If you missed the first half of this article, we highly suggest clicking here before continuing with her discussion below.

What is Business Process Reengineering?

| Lauren Gander -   Editor's note: Seems nearly every time we quote, mention or even suggest content that is more than a few years old, our emails and social media accounts become populated with those who like to point out something is irrelevant due to the source's time of publication...  To these same we offer this: if you think teaching an old dogs new tricks is tough, just wait until you try teaching a young dog old tricks... Education changes, technology changes, even how we do work changes, even people change... What most forget are discernment and principles have never changed over time -- and those that follow discernment and principles have seen countless times how every time someone abandons either, or both, they repeat the same mistakes that have have already been learned by others... But that's just my take on it all...  🙂 In a 1990 article for Harvard Business Review , ...
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Manage Your Project’s Expectations Before They Manage You — In Court…

| Garrett O'Brien - For the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of law suits involving poorly run projects. One only has to Google 'lawsuits resulting from poorly managed projects' to see just how expensive the rewards are, never mind the cost of the trials and litigation. For some, the fact that these matters are now heading to the courts is surprising, and for others not surprising at all. They have seen this as something inevitable, given the trends of the past decade or so... There has always been court cases, but the number has been increasing at an alarming rate...

Would These 2 Things Make a Difference in Your Projects?

| Garrett O'Brien - Editor's note: This post is prefaced by another where we examine the questions Can Feasibility Studies Be Contributing to Implementation Pains?... It's not required you start there -- but you will most likely be glad you did! If you could breakdown your previous projects, what 2 things made -- or could have made -- a huge difference early-on for your projects? Every post-project analysis we have been involved in, and most that we have read, have pointed to the early stages of a project. The lack of the importance and value given to the early stages more prevalent than most think. Many believe they are giving the early stages the attention it deserves but even in these situations, they discover just how much more importance they should have given the early stages of the project. Most of the time, there were only 2 parties to the project - the client, ...

Can Feasibility Studies Be Contributing to Implementation Pains?

| Garrett O'Brien - A feasibility study is the textbook approach to the beginning of any project. And textbooks are great -- just as long as most, if not everything, in the project falls within the context of the textbook. Sooooo... Just when does THAT happen? Instead of utilizing a feasibility study or feasibility assessment as a tool that can assist to bring the defined desire results, too many rely upon it as a means to an end. And as Aldous Huxley put it so well... “The end cannot justify the means, for the simple and obvious reason that the means employed determine the nature of the ends produced.” You can buy a tradesman a wrench, but if he needs a hammer then it was a wasted effort, yes? When he needs is a hammer, what he needs is a hammer... not a wrench... So, give him a hammer! And make it a great ...

The Importance of Keeping Users in Mind When Adopting New HR Tech

| Lauren Gander - When adopting a new HRIS system, human resources teams follow a basic sequence that includes researching products, testing out demos negotiating a fair deal and rolling out the new system According to Robin Schooling of SilverZebras, the end users' needs are sometimes forgotten during this process. In her post on TLNT, "The Neglected Child of HR Technology Evaluations: The User", Schooling recommends keeping the following in mind when evaluating and implementing a new HRIS system...

Why All the Pain When It Comes to Implementations?

| Garrett O'Brien - Every project has its pain points – some more so than others. Yet none are without pain… For the scope of this article and as pain is an emotional experience, let’s remove the systems and machines and look at just the human factor. We will look at pain as experienced from two human factors --- knowledge and beliefs. And we will make an assumption that from these two human factors, all other aspects of the project will evolve. If you believe there are others, please feel free to start a conversation below – that is why we have blogs, yes?    

Why Are Implementation Costs Higher Than Initial Estimates?

| Garrett O'Brien - Portions of this post provided by the thoughts of John McGrann, Director at Kirsean Consulting Inc and owner of "Drive ERP" group on LinkedIn.com From my 20+ years HRIS implementation experiences, budget overruns can all be traced back to a lack of proper planning and to a lack of proper perspectives from the very beginning. Scary part is, most believed they were on the right track in the first place and weren't listening to any recommendations, not matter what their experience. What I witnessed was seeing the whole process leading up the RFP not thorough enough as well as not drilled down enough with the right mindset as well as with the right questions. More often than not, a needs assessment involving an objective interview with the key end-users was done haphazardly, and in many cases not at all... The 'reason' given for this approach? Not enough in the budget... ...

HR Undercover: Replace Your System Not Your Staff (Part 3 of 3)

| Garrett O'Brien - Editor's note:The stories you are about to read are true, only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent as well as that of the author. The stories have been verified as accurate and true and the author is a well known person in the HRIS industry. We are humbled that we have gained their trust. There are 3 parts to this series, each to be published monthly, second Thursday of each month. Feel free to start a conversation below the story perhaps you can validate some of this with your own experience.. I have been working as an HR troubleshooter for the last 25 years. During that time, I have met and worked with some of the smartest -- and dumbest -- managers around. I’ve seen fortunes wasted on the wrong HR software system, the wrong people asking the wrong questions and watched open-mouthed as money flew out ...

Systematic & Effective Planning for Your HRIS Project (Intro Part 3 of 6)

| Garrett O'Brien - In my last posting, BEFORE searching for a new HRIS system, several reasons were presented for rethinking the approach to obtaining a HRIS system... ...

BEFORE Searching for A New HRIS System (Intro Part 2 of 6)

| Garrett O'Brien - Whether you are considering a new system or want to replace your current HR, payroll, timekeeping, benefits management and / or self-service system, here's one quick tip... Stop everything you are doing! NOW! Though many will approach acquiring a HRIS system as a top-down process, there is a much better way to approach this project that will provide more benefits than most, if not all, traditional project methodologies that most embrace...
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RFP? Or Scenario? Which Shall It Be?

| Garrett O'Brien - The scenario approach as well as the RFP approach have been around a lot longer than any of us -- think Leonardo da Vinci... As long as the needs of the object (in this case, HRM) are being met (as opposed to desires and wants), scenario thinking has created many innovative approaches, solutions, services and products. And so hasn’t a well formed RFP…

HR Undercover: Challenge and Change (Part 1 of 3)

| Garrett O'Brien - Editor's note: The stories you are about to read are true -- only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent, as well as that of the author. The stories have been verified as accurate and true -- and the author is a well known person in the HRIS industry. We are humbled that we have gained his their trust -- there are 3 parts to this series, each to be published weekly. Feel free to start a conversation below the story -- perhaps you can validate some of this with your own experience.. I have been working as an HR troubleshooter for the last 25 years. During that time, I have met and worked with some of the smartest -- and dumbest -- managers around. I’ve seen fortunes wasted on the wrong HR software system, the wrong people asking the wrong questions and watched open-mouthed as money flew ...
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How Do You Reduce the Implementation Pain Points? (part 2)

| Lauren Gander - As discussed in the first segment of this article, nearly 75% of all major companies are planning to implement a new HRIS system before 2016. Implementing such a system is a significant, long-term investment, so it’s critical to choose the system that will work best for your company. Any system change can seem overwhelming, considering the familiarity and knowledge of the current state and the effects that change can have on the internal structure. This is especially true with Human Resources, a structure that touches each and every employee in the organization. Today’s ever changing HR systems market landscape can make the process of selecting and implementing a new system overwhelming. Most companies avoid changing their HR or Payroll systems too often and, therefore, lack a complete knowledge of the current capabilities of systems and the corresponding (and, lately, a very dynamic) market landscape. Selecting the ‘right’ system is critical ...
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How Do You Reduce the Implementation Pain Points? (part 1)

| Lauren Gander - Every implementation brings with it excitement, surprises, challenges and pain points– as well as some common ground. Implementing any HR system is a significant long-term investment. Several common factors come with each implementation, not to mention each interested party having their own unique views. In this 1st of 2 articles, we are going to address some of those common factors. However, along with the common factors, we will take a good look at the pain points, what is causing them, and what you can do to minimize them.

How to Ensure A Successful HRIS Implementation – Part 1 of 2

| Lauren Gander -   Is DIY Really Best? Imagine that you have just received a phone call from the VP of Sales with the HR systems vendor that you have been using to maintain all of your employee information and payroll for the past eight years. You learn that they have decided to discontinue supporting the current software program and as a result, you will need to move to a new system by the beginning of next year. You might be wondering... Where do I start? How will I know what are the best options for my organization? Do I need to make these decisions alone and what choices do I have? Do I have the necessary resources to select and implement a new HR system? How do I know that I am selecting the “right” solution for my company?   Any systems change to a company can seem over-whelming at first, considering the familiarity and ...

Troubleshooting and Business Processes in the Cloud Are… Different

| Garrett O'Brien - With new technology comes -- sometimes -- a need for a new approach to handling your business processes as well as handling your troubleshooting. Are you thinking, "Why is troubleshooting part of business processes?" Then continue reading -- otherwise, if you already know this you can skip to the next section. Business processes are just -- processes... And troubleshooting is a what? shot in the dark? If you answered anything but a process, then you probably try to resolve things with emotions (yes, I am guilty of this as well) instead of through some sort of rational or process (which is where I go AFTER the emotions don't resolve anything -- sound familiar?) OK, so most of us are used to using the standard "computer / server / internet" setup -- where the cloud is more like "computer / internet / server". So what happens when something not-so-nice happens? Changes ...
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The King of ROI is Beyond Knowledge and Great Skill Sets

| Garrett O'Brien - Have many thoughts concerning business processes being used to optimize the economic strength of a company in today's economy and found the following on PNMSOFT and could not really summize nor say it better myself...

What Can Happen When the RFI is Overlooked

| Garrett O'Brien - Many projects start with much anticipation and highly constructive energies between vendor and client. Some clients end up rolling forward quite readily with their project while others -- well, they are trying to figure out how everything cooled off with their vendor to the point where they feel like they are standing in the middle of a large empty room holding a full bag of empty promises.

How PMP Certification Can Enhance Career Prospects

| Our Audience - This is a guest post by Kishore Mishra, content writer PMP Certification can enhance modern businesses to develop a high quality product within a predetermined timeframe and stipulated budget. The growing competition among the companies also often forces them to complete a project with limited resources, manpower and equipment. So most companies prefer hiring qualified and experienced project managers to plan, monitor and control the time, cost and scope of individual projects. So the project management professional (PMP) certified professionals are hired by reputed multinational companies by paying a high pay package. Once you obtain the PMP certification, administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the same can vouch for the formal education, skills and experienced acquired by you on various aspects of project management. If you are unaware of the professional project management certification, it is time to understand some of its prominent benefits in enhancing your career prospects.