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Many companies are adopting agile methods and practices as they build their software, apps or other products. As they adopt these practices, they also establish an agile project management. Some of the benefits include having better product quality, high customer satisfaction, increased team morale, collaboration, and ownership, and relevant metrics. Therefore, the whole organization, from project sponsors to the development teams prepare with a new mindset. However, in addition to the willingness and preparation, they should also have the tools to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here is where agile project management software can help.
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Agile project management software are tools, hosted or installed, that aid in the collection of data, presentation of information, automation of tasks, integration of applications, communication of users and centralization of files. Read the Complete Article
The biggest problem with project management tools in big companies is not finding them, but finding ones that fit the whole company.
There is a plentiful of project management tools to choose from these days – you have server and online based ones, ones that offer every feature imaginable, white, black and probably even pink ones. With this overwhelming supply, most companies get confused when trying to find a new or switch from a previously used tool. They usually choose a tool based on current requirements, recommendations or popularity. However, one criteria that most companies forget in the initial picking process is adaptability.
Not Easy Finding the Right Tool
At first, it may seem that adaptability is not important – you find a tool that fits all your current criteria, maybe even more, and start using it immediately. Read the Complete Article
Axosoft is an agile project management software. Formerly called OnTime, it is a highly popular Scrum tool for managing software development projects. Companies that are using agile Scrum practices need the right tools to make sure their customers get working software on time. That means being able to plan effectively, follow the right process, collaborate as needed, fix issues promptly, and do all other things in a central place. That includes receiving feedback from and giving support to customers.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Planning and Workflow Tools – Axosoft enables users to plan for their product with the tools that can collect all details and information. With the right product backlog, the team can start the needed project, release, version and sprints and bring them to completion. Velocity charts and capacity indicators make sure the estimates and workload are just right.
WorkflowMax is an online job, time, and invoice management software. It has tools that manage leads and clients when people are starting their projects. It can provide quotes, timesheets and costing. It also has management tools needed during the project, such as storage for documents, a mobile site, and ways to collaborate with the team and clients. It is an all-in-one project and job management software that also provides reports, invoices and purchase orders, among others.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Project Start Tools – WorkflowMax has a Sales Pipeline Management Dashboard that provides users information such as the current status of leads, which staff is bringing in more business, and other monthly data. It has a Client Manager that quickly shows contact information with capability for custom fields, all in a central location.
Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success is a book about great design and ideas. It tells readers how to follow the rules to come up with awesome ideas and design. It also explains how to break these same rules and still come up with great, if not greater, ideas and design. As the saying goes, one has to know the rules well first before they can break them effectively. It is a practical guide that contains numerous tips, exercises and design samples representing over 100 designers from more than a dozen countries.
This first edition paperback will be available on January 28, 2015 by HOW Books. It has 240 pages and is about 0.7 inch thick. The front cover has the letters of the title in large, fonts spelled out in five rows and three columns. Read the Complete Article
The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind: How to Rewire Your Brain and Your Business for Success discusses different types of principles that can be used to set up a process that will help improve an organization. The book is based on research from various disciplines such as organizational psychology, neuroscience, multiple intelligence theory and business analytics. By becoming familiar with these so-called transformational intelligences, senior company executives and high-level decision makers can recognize patterns and act on them confidently to achieve optimum performance throughout the organization.
This first edition paperback was published on November 5, 2014 by technical publisher Apress Media LLC. It has 136 pages. The front cover is typical of other CA Press published books, with a dark reddish colored background and with the title in large white fonts. Read the Complete Article
Plan to Replan: A Project is What Happens to You When You’re Busy Making Other Plans
Project planning is the process of organizing tasks and activities to achieve a certain goal or outcome. In addition to creating the plan, project planning is also involved in the maintenance of that plan.
Planning is typically done at the beginning of each project and its goal is to create the best plan possible using all the information available at the time. It is essential during this period to get inputs from subject matter experts, team members and from others who have been involved in similar projects.
During this phase, the team must first decide and agree on the intent of the project, what needs to be achieved, the deliverables and the scope of the project. Read the Complete Article
LiquidPlanner is an online project management software that meets all the needs of an organization. From multiple projects, multi-scheduling, task management to time tracking and analytics, it provides stakeholders a realistic plan that helps them deliver projects on time, create winning strategies, and show team members how they contribute to achieving the company’s vision. Release 52, which came online on January 10, 2015, adds more functionality such as multiple owners on a task, a redesigned Edit Panel, and other new features as well as changes and fixes.
Multiple Owners on a Task
LiquidPlanner listened to customers and so added the ability to assign a task to multiple owners. The power of collaboration is now captured better as important tasks where more than one person is involved can be easily and more accurately taken into consideration. Read the Complete Article
Teamwork online project management and task management software has announced updates for its latest version. In the Development Team’s effort to provide the best features that enable users to have complete control and the right information, two changes have been implemented. First, tasks assigned to multiple resources will display a more accurate amount of time per resource. Second, the time logged is more editable by an additional option. These updates ensure that users will have less time to administer the project and more time to actually work on the project.
Workload and Time Computation Changes
Teamwork is one of the first online project management software that enabled users to assign tasks to several people. However, some changes have to be made when computing for the time assigned to resources in order to have a more accurate picture of the workload. Read the Complete Article
“So, you’re a Project Manager. What exactly do you do?”
By James Nichols, JD, PMP
(This is the first entry in a series of articles exploring the real life adventures of a project manager in a growth-stage company)
Project Management culture is something experienced PMs often take for granted. Work in a large PM Centric organization for any amount of time and you’ll be spoiled forever. Organizational structure is well defined, terminology and tools are universal, and processes, oh! the PROCESSES! The world outside these companies is wild and fraught with danger for unwary PMs.
This is more about the “Us” than just me, though since I’m writing it, everything will be told from my perspective. The “Us” is the two humble PMs who sit back-to-back in our little office surrounded by whiteboards, Gantt charts and architectural plans. Read the Complete Article