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Forming a powerful and well-thought-out plan doesn’t assure the success, unfortunately. However well you scheduled everything, there is always something that can go wrong. Risk is an inherent part of planning, and once you create a scheme for your project, one of the initial questions to ask yourself is – what can cause a trouble?
This point shouldn’t be taken as a negative attitude towards the future project. Instead, you get an alternative plan in case of emergency. Though, can you find a resolution for the unknown? However strange it sounds, there are some potential risks, learning which you can determine, monitor or prevent the tricky situations.
What is risk management on projects?
Risk management (RM) is a process of defining, examining and then acting against any kind of risk that may occur at any stage of the project execution. Read the Complete Article
Customer relationship management (CRM) is essential for companies of all sizes as a business strategy. CRM encompasses a wide area of interactions and activities between a company and its customers. As a business strategy, it helps in understanding the customer, retaining them, attracting new ones, and winning new deals, thereby increasing profitability, but also decreasing customer management costs. The Internet and advances in technology brought about new CRM software that are scalable and customizable, with powerful engines for prediction, analysis, automation and streamlining of operations.
The Top 5
CRM software and applications are designed to help companies meet their goals of efficiently and effectively managing customer relationship. With advanced features, they not only help sales teams sell more, but really provide customers with the products and services they want. Some of the important features they should provide are automation for customer support, marketing and sales. Read the Complete Article
Jira Service Desk is an IT service desk and ticketing software that can run on the cloud or be self-managed in customer premises. It is a fully featured service management solution that connects IT, developers, HR, legal, facilities, and other business teams, as well as customers internal and external. Built on Jira’s workflow engine, it provides a central place for employees or customers to ask for help, to report incidents, or to request for new services. It also integrates with many Atlassian and third-party apps, and is easy to set up.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- ITIL-certified Service Desk – Jira Service Desk follows ITIL best practices as a full-featured service desk solution. More than just a help desk that usually focuses on break-fix or incident management, this platform serves as a single point of contact between service providers and their users.
On January 15, 2019, Smartsheet, a cloud-based project management, collaboration, and process automation software, announced that they are acquiring TernPro, Inc., the makers of Slope software. Smartsheet continues to look for ways to enhance their platform by providing users exciting tools to increase their productivity. Late last year, it announced several Google app integrations to provide a collaborative solution for users in planning, communication, tracking, organizing and automating their work in real time. This latest announcement will better serve their customers especially in the marketing and creative industries.
Slope is a marketing and creative work management application that was launched in 2016. The product came about because of a need by the team to have a tool that could speed up the very slow manual process of the creative agency. Read the Complete Article
Easy Redmine is an application based on Redmine, an open source, browser-based project management software written in Ruby on Rails platform. Redmine works with both Unix and Windows platforms, and across different databases. On the other hand, Easy Redmine is an improvement over the PM software by providing powerful features and extended functionality. The application enhances the capabilities and benefits of the basic PM platform through improved user interface, smart tools and more.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Improved Redmine User Experience – Easy Redmine provides an improved interface over the basic PM platform. It has all the basic Redmine features but with the addition of enhancements and other tools. For example, it has a simple and quick navigation. Also, it has a personal page modules that shows graphs and charts.
Today, project templates are available for many kinds of purposes. They are widespread because they are proven to give definite value to users. Project managers and teams who use templates are able to save time, significantly decreasing the amount of hours they have to spend on paperwork. By using project templates, teams are able to record and safeguard critical project information in official documentation. They can then be easily revisited or distributed to stakeholders. They also support effective communication, reinforce PM processes, serve as checklists to key questions, and more. Method123 is among the first to release project management templates to help teams deliver projects successfully.
Method123 was founded in 2000 to develop and provide a suite of products that would benefit project managers and teams. Jim Lombardi, a project management and PMO professional developed it to provide the industry with templates and tools. Read the Complete Article
Overview of the Project
Provide a simple but precise statement of the project.
- Example 1: Rice University is planning to create a store to sell computer supplies.
Purpose of the Project Charter
This Project Charter outlines the purpose, objectives, and scope of the project. The purpose of a Project Charter is:
- to provide an understanding of the project, the reason it is being conducted and its justification
- to establish early on in the project the general scope
- to establish the project manager and his or her authority level
A note of who will review and approve the Project Charter needs to be included.
- Example 2: The Project Charter will be reviewed by the project team and approved. The final approval will be the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
Project Objective and Scope Objective
The objective of the project should “clearly stated” and contain a “measure” of how to assess whether they have been achieved. Read the Complete Article
Project management software helps project managers and teams complete client requirements and manage time, budget, and scope constraints. However, with so many available options, choosing the right tool can be confusing, and people may not know just where to begin. Many small and medium-sized businesses across different industries are now using online project management software. This type of software uses cloud-based technology and is offered by application service providers as software-as-a-service (SaaS).
The Top 10
Nowadays, these applications are expanding their functions and crossing boundaries with their combination of features, and these complicate even more the user’s selection process. Are you planning to introduce a project management software among your employees? Below are ten PM software that are valuable in completing any kind of projects.
Need a Project Management Software Guide?
Project management software helps project managers and teams complete client requirements and manage time, budget, and scope constraints. However, with so many available options, choosing the right tool can be confusing, and people may not know just where to begin. Read the Complete Article
A Gantt chart is commonly used in project management because it can easily show activities such as tasks and their dependencies, as well as, tasks and events in relation to time. As project management evolved throughout the years, tools and software used for it also evolved in many ways. Static Gantt charts have been replaced with dynamic charts that have predictive functionality. Advanced software components and modern web technology have added more features and improved user experience in using dynamic Gantt charts especially in online project management software.
The Top 5
We are presenting the top 5 online project management solutions that use these very helpful and efficient dynamic Gantt charts. We focused primarily on the feature sets, ease of use, tight integration and superior user experience of the Gantt chart as among the criteria in creating this selection. Read the Complete Article
During this series, we’ve discovered similarities and differences in business cultures around the world, and noted things to take into account when collaborating with foreign colleagues. Here is a summary of things Project Managers should keep in mind when leading international teams.
- Argentina – Argentines are sophisticated, educated, conservative and value family highly. Argentina’s metropolitan areas have experienced technological advancement, but access is limited in rural areas.
- Australia – Australians are easy-going, friendly and value humility and fairness. Australia supports cloud-computing efforts, and seeks global collaboration, but data retention obligations inhibit cyber-crime and security advancements.
- Austria – Austrians are modern, cultured, and formal. Austrian companies are working toward legal and security improvements, which will affect cloud computing services.
- Belgium – Belgians are hardworking, conservative, and family-oriented. Belgium has a well-developed IT infrastructure, has internet, mobile and fixed broadband users, with cloud computing usage more prevalent in the northern Flemish region.