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Mavenlink, a web based software management tool that offers functions like time tracking, a collaborative tool and performance analytics, has recently added a proofing tool to their software. They designed this feature to expedite the creative reviewing process. Now in real-time everyone involved can provide their comments about how to improve the product. This decreases the number of alterations needed to complete the deliverable as the feedback is in one location and clear. Benefit from this tool as it facilitates top quality work more efficiently.
In more detail, give your input on an asset in one area within the Mavenlink program. As long as they have access, everyone involved can comment on the same file (file types include, documents, design, audio and video) in the same area, and see other comments. Read the Complete Article
Momenteo is a freelancer’s software tool to organize hard work with ease and clarity. Put your energy and time towards developing your talent instead of spending unnecessary time documenting things like client information, invoices and expenses. With every project you must document and keep up to date with paperwork – give that workload to Momenteo. This web-based tool is your side-kick to collaborating with clients and your support staff, like your accountant. This tool’s features include, but are not limited to: a calendar – to manage your work activities; travels – to know what is happening on the road; and expenses – to organize your overhead, and of course it’s for your accountant. Momenteo supports your freelancing needs.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Calendar: plan your freelancing life with this feature – it’s presented in one screen for your viewing pleasure.
No matter what project size, job descriptions should be clearly defined. Whether it’s a 5-person team or an international collaboration, everyone needs to understand their role: that being the tasks and activities each person must complete. One way to define each team member’s role is to use a RACI matrix. An example of a responsibility assignment matrix, it shows the expense at the lowest level of work for the purpose of managing cost and duration. It is a charting system that illustrates the task’s goal and the required action for each person. This assists with reducing confusion on expectations, in turn, increasing project efficiency. In this context, decisions are made more quickly, accountability is clear and workload is evenly distributed. But wait, is the RACI matrix the be-all and end-all? Read the Complete Article
To the untrained eye, it may seem that when you’re planning a project all you need to do is pull a start date out of the air and that’s when everyone needs to hit the ground running.
You only need to go down that path as a project manager once to realize that doesn’t work. Worse yet, the consequences for not meeting deadline are fierce, and long-lasting. Why is it so hard to determine exactly how long something will take? Let’s discuss it.
Why project duration planning is complicated
Estimating activity duration many times come from the resources that are responsible for the work. This sounds like a great place to start…and it is. There’s no better place to get an idea of what is really involved to complete the work than the person that is responsible. Read the Complete Article
There is no doubt that communication is essential for any successful project. Communication is one of the most important, if not the single most important, skills in the arsenal of a project manager.
The lack of efficient communication will quickly hinder a project, and for this reason, a project manager’s priority is to ensure trustworthy communication within the team, and between him and the team.
We will discuss how to achieve better communications for your project, and establish a highly positive working environment for your team.
1. Use Apps to Communicate
There are hundreds of project management software available on the Internet: to organize, track time, set tasks, priorities etc. If you’r interested in PM software, we recommend you check our Top 15 PM Web Applications. Using these software is definitively a good addition to your project communication. Read the Complete Article
Smartsheet is an online project management and collaboration software for businesses of all sizes. It has an intuitive spreadsheet-like interface that helps increase team productivity of not only project management teams but also that of sales, marketing, IT and others. It has powerful features for managing and tracking projects, tasks, customer information, sales pipeline, marketing campaigns, event schedules, product development, human resources and many other business processes, all with a simple and familiar spreadsheet.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Collaborative Project Management – Smartsheet online project management software provides users a flexible solution that offers visibility across people, projects, and deliverables. It is the central location where project managers can view their team’s availability, check and plan for deliverable timelines and upload and share related documents. Users can easily see who is busy and who is not to help them make decisions.
Managing creatives in the digital industry can be tough. Being managed as a creative can be even tougher. Creatives are sometimes labelled as difficult and charged with holding up projects with continuous editing and tweaking. Even just a subtle shift in management and communication style can improve flow and get creative projects off the ground faster. Here’s how to enable creatives to do what they do best (be creative) during high-powered and results-driven projects.
1. Explain Deadlines in Detail & Define Project Outcomes
Deadlines can be destructive if they aren’t clearly outlined.
Not explaining a deadline properly is a recipe for disaster- it leads to over-delivery and duplication of work. A short turnaround time can make people feel stressed and personally targeted. Here are some good deadline practices:
- Don’t just give people a date- give them a goal.
Goodwerp Studio Manager is a versatile web-based solution that helps companies big and small reach their goals and stay on top of their business. It features project-management, invoicing, collaboration, team-management, and reporting as major features. It also includes time-tracking, budgeting, commenting, scheduling, notes (and more) as auxiliary tools intended to streamline collaboration between teams.
It is offered as an online software for professional service firms to take advantage of a single platform to handle most, if not all, of their business requirements. The market may seem crowded with task management tools, financial software, and collaboration programs, but very few can work seamlessly with others, and working with multiple platforms can be complicated, confusing and downright costly. Here is a unified, centrally-located, highly accessible solution that can simplify work and let people focus on their business. Read the Complete Article
Ready to start preparing for your PMP exam? If so, The McGraw-Hill Education: Project Management Professional Exam, 1st edition, is a study aide to help you prepare. Take the opportunity to obtain a deeper understanding of how PMP theory applies to the real world. Written from a well educated and diverse professional perspective: it gives you the opportunity to acquire the needed knowledge about the project management process as it relates to the business world. In turn, setting you up to successfully complete your PMP exam.
This book is 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches, 368 pages, 14 chapters and is only available in paperback version. This book was published in August of 2014 by McGraw Hill Education and is available in English. ISBN-10: 007183480; ISBN-13 number: 978-0071834803
In some situations, a PMP certification is necessary, if not mandatory. Read the Complete Article
People like to focus on the good things that project managers do, and there are plenty. Today, we’re going to focus on some of the less desirable things that some (not you, we’re sure) project managers do. Enjoy.
We’re all familiar with best practices. It’s a phrase used frequently in business to categorically lump together bench-marking and implementation techniques that work well for other companies or industries to bring them into your organization. I’m not sure who judges a practice to be the best, but there sure are a lot of them out there.
We’re going to ski down a different slope and look at the Top 10 WORST Practices that a project manager can do or get involved in. Again, I am unaware of who deems these to be the worst but I’m sure you’ll be able to relate as you read down the list. Read the Complete Article