Collaborative Project Management: The ProjectLounge Experience

4th October 2006, 7.30pm, Grendon Lecture Theatre (GLT)

The presentation will take place on Wednesday 4th October @ 7:30 prompt, please arrive from 7pm for light refreshments:
The event is open to members and non-members, so please do bring someone along if you wish. (if you have not attended one of our events before, please see the detailed directions at the bottom.)

The Venue will be:
Grendon Lecture Theatre (GLT)
University College Northampton
Park Campus
Boughton Green Rd
Northampton Northamptonshire

Hazel is currently VP business development Europe at ProjectLounge. Hazel is focussed on increasing the ProjectLounge European customer base and works closely with each new client to ensure that their ProjectLounge experience delivers the benefits they are aiming to achieve. Her role includes an overview of business consulting, change management, technology development and the delivery of customised training to ensure all participants work using ProjectLounge with complete effectiveness. Her talk will focus on the functionality, technical requirements and issues involved in collaborative project management, providing selected case examples from ProjectLounge.

Collaborative Project Management, The ProjectLounge Experience Hazel Connor, of Inc's UK office will present her organisation's perspective on project management, communication and document Management using collaboration tools.

Hazel will examine the used (and abused) collaboration tools of today and the problems that their use often creates, provide an overview of today's business world to set the stage for understanding the basis of the ProjectLounge solution for Project Management and then outline the ProjectLounge collaboration solution:

  • Browser delivery with off-line facilities for mobile and remote users
  • Robust security with complete, and unobtrusive, granularity
  • Real time tools that save time and travel costs when Project participants are geographically dispersed
  • Task Management appropriate for IT projects where participants and the project manager need a simple and reliable Gantt Chart
  • Content/Document management, from simple version control and Audit trails, to 'Check-In' and 'Check-out' facilities
  • Ability to attach any electronic file, eliminating the need to send files out or use technical access mechanisms that are unsuitable for clients to use
  • Automation that takes care of essential notifications and can ensure that everyone is singing from the same song-sheet
  • Very "nice-to-haves" such as intuitive customisation facilities for project specific workflows, client branding and form building

The future for online project management and collaboration will be reviewed alongside the ProjectLounge business model and future plans. This will include an overview of our free open source edition which is suitable for small projects, through to the richly functional environments available in our premium and enterprise editions and the services required to professionally deliver more sophisticated projects.
Most Project Managers and Team Leaders understand the benefits of collaboration and don't want to have to set up the processes from scratch when a new project kicks off. That's a waste of valuable time and resources.

They are ready to pick up a tried and tested collaboration tool so they can "get on with the job" efficiently and effectively. ProjectLounge is here to help.

Hazel started her career in Information Technology as a computer operator.

Since then, Hazel has been involved in harnessing a wide range of evolving technologies for business benefit. She has worked in mainframe, mid-range, LAN, WAN, desktop hardware and software environments, and has developed models for accessing technology solutions ranging from totally centralised options to distributed systems that provide for shared responsibility via client-server and web-based solutions. Hazel has planned, initiated and overseen multiple large IT projects and performed senior line management of IT services groups involving policy-making, strategy planning and the hiring and development of staff. Hazel has also held a senior position within a large government computer facility.

Directions to Park Campus From the town centre follow the route signs for A508 Market Harborough and head towards Kingsthorpe. Passing through the Kingsthorpe shopping area move into the centre of the road. Immediately before the Prince of Wales public house turn right into Boughton Green Road. Follow this road up past the Sunnyside Pub on your left and turn right at the next island into the Park Campus car park. Once parked, walk towards to far right of the car park and into the Holdenby Reception. Follow the BCS arrows from there to the lecture Theatre. Park-campus.jpg will give you a detailed map of the site.