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How to Find the Hidden Stakeholders in Your Project

It’s every project manager’s worst nightmare: a stakeholder magically appears at the end of the project and makes your life miserable.

Here are a few examples:

  • The project stalls at production because the IT team won’t install software that doesn’t meet the security requirements on their servers.
  • The great new product is not being used because the end-users feel it is too complicated and don’t need it anyway.
  • At delivery, the client refuses the product because it doesn’t meet an industry standard they forgot to inform you about.

Is any of this familiar? In any project, you’ll have visible and hidden stakeholders.

Visible stakeholders are easy to manage: they are vocal and will make their opinions known on their own. Even if they oppose your project, they can be monitored and, in time, convinced that your project is good.

Hidden stakeholders, however, are very dangerous. They won’t speak up. Sometimes, they are forgotten by the project team. As Murphy will have it, this stakeholder will appear in your project at the […]

By |2023-12-14T11:45:48-05:002023-12-14|

Project Management and Firefighting

Most bloggers won’t admit to how they often find inspiration for their posts in other blogs and tweets. Anywho, I found my inspiration for today’s post from this Tweet: “Why do so many professionals say they are project managing, when what they are doing is fire fighting? – Colin Bentley” from

If you need great software to manage your projects, consider our tool AceProject, as an option. Our tool is not based on the number of users, which can save you a lot of money. Sign up for free to AceProject.

  1. It’s a vicious circle.
By |2023-12-13T15:28:07-05:002023-12-13|

Version 2010.10.28 – Actual Date Fields Added to Task Reports

With the addition of the “Actual Start Date” and “Actual End Date” fields in version 4.8, we had to make these fields available in task reports.

From now on, these date fields will be available in the following reports, at both the project and project portfolio levels:

  • Task Report by Date: Both fields have been added to the date drop-down filters and show up next to the “Estimated End Date” column in the report.
  • Overview Task Report: Both fields show up next to the “Estimated End Date” column in the report.
  • Non-Assigned Task Report: Both fields show up next to the “Estimated End Date” column in the report.
By |2010-10-28T13:00:23-04:002010-10-28|

Version 2010.09.15 – Show/Hide Columns Updates

Since we added expense tracking to AceProject 4.8, we had to make the new fields available in task lists. From now on, you’ll be able to add the “Estimated Expenses”, “Actual Expenses”, and “My Actual Expenses” fields to the “Show/Hide Columns” option in the “My Tasks”, “Incomplete Tasks” and “Completed Tasks” pages. We also added the “Actual Start Date” and “Actual End Date” fields to the “Show/Hide Columns” option.

Furthermore, we renamed the following fields:

  • Estimated ->Estimated Hours
  • Actuals ->Actual Hours
  • Due-Date ->End Date
  • Start Date ->Estimated Start Date
  • End Date ->Estimated End Date

Feel free to contact us should you have any inquiries with regards to this update.

By |2010-09-17T13:55:45-04:002010-09-17|

We’ve Upgraded 100 Accounts to Version 4.8 today

We are glad to announce that another group of users now benefits of AceProject’s new version today. The migration is running smoothly. We are really proud of this version, which has been several months in the making.

All remaining accounts that are still on version 4.7 will be migrated to version 4.8 in early October 2010.

Here are the release notes for version 4.8 :
Expense Tracking – After years of requests for this, here it is! You can now submit and approve expenses, as well as generate reports. The expense tracking module works as does the time tracking module. Hence, you’ll be up and running with these functionalities in no time. This feature can be disabled at the account level. Hence, if you don’t want to track expenses, the interface will not make any mention of expenses whatsoever.

Weekend Management – We offer more flexibility with regards to how work weeks are managed. You can now indicate whether weekends are working days or not at the task level. Furthermore, if you use task dependencies and […]

By |2010-09-08T17:39:10-04:002010-09-08|
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