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Encouraging Adoption – Pay Attention to the “People Part”
Here are some suggestions for getting your users to break the email habit and collaborate online to share files, manage tasks, and communicate better. It obviously starts with using a really intuitive and easy-to-use technology platform, but it is important to pay attention to the “people part” and actively encourage adoption and use.
There are two ways to motivate users to collaborate online. Users will either 1) log in and access or share information because it provides a valuable service to them personally, or 2) they will log in and use it because they are expected to by someone in a position of authority.
To encourage “voluntary” use, the tool must provide valuable services to its users. If the content and functionality helps busy users access information they need or to accomplish a task – they will log in and use the tool voluntarily. Read the Complete Article
Having a talented project manager is the first step to actual project success, but there are other important factors that contribute largely to a project’s outcome. It takes careful planning, attention to detail and effective communication to make a project succeed. With vigilant management and a strong project closing, a company can consistently reach project success.
1. Smart People
Without the right team in place, any strategy and plan has the potential of completely falling apart. Because of this, the core project staff, expert resources, suppliers and all stakeholders should be part of the team dynamic. All of those involved must have commitment to the group, share similar visions for the projects and strive for overall success.
Project managers can face serious trouble if inadequacy is present within the team. Read the Complete Article
Paymo online project management application has added new features to help its users deliver their projects within budget and on-time. In addition to recent speed improvements and fixes, the latest update to the productivity software provides users with at-a-glance information, additional options in assigning expenses, and better contact information organization for clients with multiple projects or accounts. All these features help users to have real-time data regarding status and hours, allowing them to create better forecasts, get more projects done on time, and improve profitability.
Readable Employee Overtime Information
Paymo now enables users to view text information of an employee’s overtime hours when looking at his or her profile. The text tells the total hours with the number of hours exceeded resulting in overtime. These data are in addition to the visual color-coded bar graph that also shows the percentage of hours and overtime. Read the Complete Article
In recent times, it is extremely rare that a project is completed within its set budget. Proper planning is the key to a successful project, but there are few problems that are usually beyond the realm of planning. One of them is the budget overrun. It’s true that we can avoid certain problems through planning and proper execution but you can never predict exactly what would happen once you start a project.
Here are few of the some very common reasons that lead to budget overrun and how they could be avoided.
One of the main reasons that cause budget overrun is underfinancing. Not allocating an adequate amount of budget to a project at the start will obviously lead to either budget overrun or failure. Assuming that a project will be a success, not allotting enough budget is downright wishful thinking. Read the Complete Article
Wrike online project management and collaboration software continues to add new and exciting features, month after month, since it started in 2007. Last year, 2015, was no exception, but in fact was a very busy year for the Mountain View, California-based company. Some of the highlights of last year’s feature updates were Projects, a new way of organizing larger goals and multiple tasks; Reports, a quick way to gather real-time project information; Workflows, Custom Fields, enhanced mobile apps, and more.
Projects and Reports
Wrike added Projects to the basic PM building blocks of folders, tasks and subtasks to provide users even more flexibility in managing their work. Users can now use Projects to manage a group of tasks that constitute a larger goal. The advantage of organizing some tasks as a project is that users can track the status and due dates of the project as a whole and separately from the individual tasks that make it up. Read the Complete Article
AceProject web-based project management application announced the latest enhancements and fixes for its February 2016 release. Included features in this update are improvements in their iOS mobile app, under-the-hood performance enhancements, time management consolidation and advantages, and more good news. It will be 15 years soon since this business management and productivity software first launched and helped users tracked and managed their projects. Many original clients are still around and continue to use the application, project after project.
Mobile App Update for iOS9.x
The latest AceProject release includes several modifications for the app running on iOS9.x. Users can now add single or multiple file attachments stored in the device’s photo gallery, Google Docs, or other third-party cloud storage depending on the user’s local installation. It is able also to take a picture and add the file directly to the application. Read the Complete Article
With Smartsheet’s latest development, users can now insert images directly into cells and see them in the context of their work. These images snap to the grid, indicating that they get adjusted on their own when any alterations are made to the row. Having all your important documents in one central place makes the process of content collaboration and achieving results faster, construed and integrated. In their endeavor to find techniques to make work easier, the company launched some of their other products in the past like Dropbox integrations, in-app attachments, Box and Google for Work. The latest upgrade allows you to customize the size of your image by adjusting the width of the column, or double clicking to view the full size. It allows you to view the image inside the grid, which saves your time and effort from opening multiple attachments. Read the Complete Article
Despite your best laid plans and well thought out project timeline your project is forecast to run late.
Scenario: The project is forecast to run late.
In a good project timeline you will have key milestones, which should be used to track the project’s progress. By having interim deliverables due, a project manager can determine how a project is progressing and therefore be able to forecast if the final deliverable will be later than expected. As the project manager, you will be able to see from your project timeline which tasks should have been completed and which have been. Once assessing your situation, one or a combination of the following solutions may be suitable.
Solution 1: Consult with your stakeholders to agree on a suitable extension of time
Strong stakeholder communication is critical for successful delivery of projects on an ongoing basis. Read the Complete Article
Going into business and finding clients are usually easier for companies with great products or services. Staying profitable, however, is much more challenging. For creative agencies, it may mean more than just being able to bill the client, but to bill them accurately, on time, and to provide correct estimates for new projects every time. To accomplish this, it is important to track time, especially for dollar-per-hour agencies. But tracking time should be easy for the team, or else they will forget to do it or do it only as an after-thought. Function Point solves this with its new time tracking app.
New FP Time Tracking Application
Function Point is an integrated cloud-based project management and productivity software especially for advertising and creative agencies. It has a set of features that include CRM, project management, estimates, invoicing, collaboration and time-tracking, among others. Read the Complete Article
Project managers are professionals responsible for identifying and clarifying a client’s project objectives. They are also the people who create the project plan, get it approved, and obtain the budget and resources. The responsibility of their position usually comes with the authority to make decisions, as they implement this approved plan according to a schedule, manage the constraints and risks, report about its status, and see to its completion according to industry standards.
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