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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
OpenProject is an open source project management tool aiming to support users throughout the entire project life cycle. To accomplish this, OpenProject integrates a large number of features, such as Gantt charts, issue tracking, agile support and time / cost tracking. The project management tool has all the necessary features to: organize your work, plan your projects, support your scrum teams and document your valuable information. Even better, it delivers precise time tracking, and cost estimation. OpenProject supports you every step of the way.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Work Packages – this nifty feature gives you the power to track anything within your project. In turn, facilitating an adept understanding of the project’s status. Here is how you can use this feature. First use, create and manage work packages: project tasks can be clearly defined, prioritized and efficiently tracked so that you can keep up to date on progress.
Wrike, an online web app for project management and work collaboration, has recently added 3 software features. Which are, in the iOS app, access to Dashboards and a Starred Folder. Additionally, in the desktop app, the capability to attach files to request forms. Dashboards, Starred Folders and joining files to request forms provide an additional advantage to manage your time.
1. Access Dashboards in iOS app
Have the desired dashboard on the iOS app as you do on the desktop. The iOS and desktop view is now the same. See them anywhere at anytime.
2. Starred Folder in iOS app: Pick & Click Favorite Files & Projects
To have quick access to your favorite files and projects simply click the star on the right side of the folder for your file or project to appear in the “Starred” section of the folder tree. Read the Complete Article
Today, cloud hosted solutions are quite feasible as there have been tremendous improvements in bandwidth and quality of network connectivity. Feasible not only for software (SAAS) and platforms (PAAS), but also for storage solutions under the umbrella of infrastructure as a service(IAAS). Furthermore, if data is stored in multiple cloud drives, there are management platforms available to keep track of where your valuable information is. We reviewed MultCloud which provides this function.
Historically, while tape backups started off being the leading method for backup, there are now a number of options today for storage and backup. This includes DVD’s, USB connected devices and tape, with cloud hosted backup being a competitive option.
The Nuts and Bolts of Cloud Based Backup
All operated by a vendor, the backup is maintained with a remote cloud site. Read the Complete Article
More and more project managers are getting involved in selecting project management software tools. Which makes sense – after all, project managers are the people who will use the product on a day-to-day basis. They will also have strong views about what the software should do and how it can help them manage their projects.
If you are asked to get involved in choosing new software for the team, what should you be looking for? Below I share my top 10 considerations for project management tools. They aren’t in order of importance, as what’s most important for one project may vary to the next. You may even think some of them aren’t important at all! Use this list as a starting point when assessing the software on the market that you would like to add to your shortlist. Read the Complete Article
You have just been promoted to project manager. Congratulations! I’m sure it’s something you’ve been hoping for, for quite some time – and no doubt you deserve it. With that being said, there will be some adjustments that you’ll have to make. After all, leadership is nothing like what you have done before. Your acquired technical skills and taking orders don’t necessarily help when you’re delegating. Interpersonal skills are important. Without them, it doesn’t matter what project management tools you might have.
Before we start looking at those management skills, let me just make one point. Despite what some people might be say, leadership is not something that you’re born with. Leadership is learned. It takes practice, intentional learning and dedication. That should both be frightening and liberating. Frightening because it means you might just suck. Read the Complete Article
Smartsheet, a project management software, has added a new way of looking at the tasks on your project. For the those visual learners on your team, Smartsheet’s new Card View feature provides them a new way of staying organized. In addition to the standard grid view, the Card View now illustrates the workflow on each project. At no additional cost, this feature is included in all packages and available to all users.
Smartsheet Card View
With the new Card View, each task is now presented in a summarized card format, like a whiteboard with post-it notes, an influence from the agile kanban style. By simply dragging – dropping, move your tasks from one list to another and adjust their sequence. Additionally, choose which fields will be displayed on each card. Read the Complete Article
One of the essential characteristics of a top-class project manager is productivity. In order to achieve the company’s goals, a good manager has to set the example and accomplish as much as possible using the right resources. However, this is not an easy task, as a leader, you have to complete your own tasks, plan for the future and supervise your team’s work.
Thankfully, technology has come to help you out. Nowadays, there are several tools that can support you to be an excellent role model and the most productive person in the office. This will boost the workflow of your project. Here are the best solutions available on the market. Simply choose the one that meets your needs.
Getting a project done on time depends on finding the right person. The hiring process for your project can be a stressful experience but with careful consideration it will be rewarding. Every project has specific goals with their own set of challenges.
For each project, finding the right combination of people to create a collaborative team is a challenging job. As you look for people to fill each position, focus on where you see them fitting into the overall team model. Depending on the projects length, take into consideration how the different personalities will interact before friction occurs. In a perfect world everyone will consistently get along, however this rarely happens.
As the hiring process takes time, plan as far ahead as possible. You will increase the success of your project the more time you spend researching potential candidates. Read the Complete Article
These days, modern businesses are cutting their ties with the traditional paper-based systems and are moving towards paperless technologies. As document management is an important part of any business, various solutions are tested and tried to improve the process. In today’s post, I will provide you a sneak peak of what the future holds for document management for businesses.
More Emphasis on Cloud
Cloud computing has been around for quite some time. But it never found the necessary momentum to emerge as a leading technology. However, the modern document management systems (DMS) are quickly changing the scenario.
As these tools are completely based on the cloud, more and more businesses are using cloud technologies on a daily basis. Compared to the old systems, cloud-based document management offers a lot more convenience and efficiency. Read the Complete Article