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  1. Hi Vicky, have you entered any allocation on the role first? If you staff a role on a project and then in the second step you want to staff from that role down to resources, the "Staff Role" option is greyed out as long as there is no allocation planned onto the role first. Please let me know if this helped you. Best regards and merry christmas Thomas
  2. To put some more flesh on the bones of this topic, I recently wrote a blog article I would like to share here. I am looking forward to your thoughts and feedback: Does it make sense at all? Anything to add? Link: https://meisterplan.com/blog/how-to-make-project-managers-smile/
  3. @Derek Walz Hi Derek, thanks for joining the discussion. You make a really good point about including project managers in portfolio management in part to ensure the accuracy of the data being used to plan the portfolio. It makes sense that if the wrong resource information or incorrect milestones are being used, then the portfolio plans will also be inaccurate. And project managers are the ones who have the most accurate and updated info on their own projects. To me, an interesting question is what a good balance between maintenance effort and the advantage gained from an accurate portfolio planning would be?
  4. We at Meisterplan believe that a personal relationship goes beyond all e-mail traffic and online how-tos. Therefore, I want to introduce myself. My name is Thomas Quandt (age changes by the year) and my business card reads Customer Success Manager. In my role, I am responsible for the product & process consulting and the customer relationship management at Meisterplan. This alone includes more than enough words to win the next round of buzzword bingo. So what is it really about? It is not about telling you how the world works or giving you the answer to the ‘Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything’. It is about helping you achieve your goal of implementing successful PPM to save time and nerves and start making plans that work! During my years as a project manager and key account manager in the core banking software business, I have more than once wished for a reliable and lasting prioritization and planning process as a basis for my everyday work. During my web sessions and workshops with our customers, I learned that I am not the only one with this wish. This is why I fully back the concept of PPM in general and Meisterplan in particular with what I do and what I am. In my free time, I spend most of the time with my dogs. For some strange reason, I am keeping faith in them to one day be able to walk by my side without strangling themselves with the leash, to Sit! and Wait! and otherwise just be nice and look good. And not shed their hair all over my business suits, for a change. Until that day comes, I will have to keep walking them through the cold German rain and yell and – oh well, please never change. Another spare time favorite of mine is consuming every bit and piece of American Football to be found on German TV. Which is not nearly enough, in my mind. In fact, I struggled hard to make this quest become a Football forum – but very obviously I was overruled by my more professionally acting colleagues. Anyway. Go Pack Go! As an active part of this quest I am very much looking forward to your contribution, your input and questions. I will happily provide you with my experience and share thoughts, ideas and best practice approaches with you! ‘nuff said. Let’s go join the quest.
  5. Project portfolio management is not a topic that can be managed by a single person but it needs input from a number of different stakeholders in your organization (and even externally). While the role of a portfolio manager is quite clear to everyone, I would like to ask you, what your opinion is on the role of a project manager in portfolio management. Is PPM without project managers possible at all? How can you ensure an active contribution? What is needed and what is not necessary to increase the quality of your PPM process? Let’s discuss!
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