Yearly Archive: 2017

Clarizen Latest Release – Collaboration, Reporting, Budgeting Made Easier

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Clarizen is a cloud project management software that provides users and their enterprise a collaborative solution. It is designed to create a meaningful engagement experience so that everyone in the organization can move their business forward. Over the years, it has become the leader in collaborative work management, providing teams with a software that features visibility and flexibility. In its latest release, it is once more responding to user feedback by announcing new features that will help them report project status and manage budgets easier.

What Customers Want

The new Clarizen features are influenced by feedback from their customers. As they make decisions and allocate resources to work on their product roadmap, they have compiled and determined what their users want. Namely, users want help on 3 areas: improved collaboration, new efficiencies, and greater time-to-value. Read the Complete Article

Top Quick Wins to Boost your Project

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No matter how many projects you have worked on so far, there is always plenty of room to improve your planning and managing skills. Businesses are built on successful projects, regardless of their size, scope or budget. Therefore, all of us need to learn how to get the best out of a project in order to achieve the goal we are aiming for.

Here is a list of top quick wins that will allow you to lead a successful project. Developing your managing skills across each of the points below should help you boost your project and improve all its parts and processes.

1. Communication

The foundation for progress in every project lies in communication. Taking this into consideration, everyone needs to extend the communication beyond the original scope that includes detailing the expectation and reporting the progress. Read the Complete Article

Evaluating SaaS Solutions for Project Managers

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Today’s project managers have an array of software as a service (SaaS) alternatives for project management support. Even though these options may look similar, each service has its own unique features, strength and weaknesses.

Here is a brief guide on SaaS project management solutions and the best tools available in order to help you make an informed purchasing decision.

Let’s now take a look at the fine points of SaaS project management.

What is SaaS project management?

SaaS project management is simply the delivery of project management software on demand in a cloud computing ambience.  When it comes to delivery of project management software SaaS is pretty exemplary since all types of businesses need to have the potential to manage projects in an effective manner.

SaaS project management solutions provide an exhaustive tool set for managing your projects right from scratch to the end. Read the Complete Article

Tips for Managing Projects Through Turmoil

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Projects succeed and projects fail. According to some survey statistics that have been presented in the past couple of years projects fail to some degree and based on some criteria or another between 56% and 74% of the time. Stats like those ensure us of two things:

  • That managing projects isn’t easy
  • That project success is never a sure thing no matter how good you are as a project manager

Now, if you throw in some other variables, life as a project manager gets even harder. Take, for example, company turmoil or major organizational change. What if your company is experiencing major layoffs? What if fraud was revealed high in the organization (I’ve personally had to deal with that one with a client – it was our CEO who was fraudulent and I got the chance to break that news to my project client before the news was public. Read the Complete Article

Move from Good Project Management to Stellar Project Management

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You consider yourself a pretty good, experienced and dedicated project manager. Your projects are more likely to succeed than your fellow PM colleagues. You seem to complete them on time and on budget more often than not, and many of the more complex projects get handed to you by your senior leadership because of your history of PM successes. Great! Now how do you get better?

You’re a good project manager, but there is room for improvement, right? You always want to keep growing, and if you’re dedicated to the profession, you want to go from good to great. But how? Read books, take classes, get certified. Everything can and likely will help, but here are what I’ve found to be the most helpful and potentially interesting ways to increase your PM skills…

Get certified

 This one is totally up to you. Read the Complete Article

Writing Daily Reports as the First Step to Strong Team Building

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Daily reports are vital for successful business management. A good team leader should understand how their team members work and how to encourage the team to reach better results. Of course, they need to know how to communicate with the team effectively, how to set proper goals, and how to create and implement plans. However, additionally, they also need to track the achieved results, as this is the only way to understand how the team copes with the tasks. For many leaders and managers, this is the tricky point of managing the team as sometimes it is hard to estimate the work, especially if several individuals are responsible for the accomplishment of the task. Here, daily reports come in handy.

Daily report: what it is and why you should write it

When it comes to daily reports, not everyone understands what it is and why it is so important for running a business. Read the Complete Article

CoConstruct Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

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Overview Presentation

CoConstruct is a home builder construction project management software. It is a cloud-based software for custom builders and remodelers. Web-based and mobile apps enable users to bring order in their construction project, creating rewarding experiences not only for the builder but also for their clients and trade partners as well. It is the highest rated software for its category, allowing users to coordinate their projects, communicate with clients and crew, and control their financials with its set of smart features.

Features, Benefits, Product Strengths

  • Project CoordinationCoConstruct has scheduling features that enable users to manage all activities with drag and drop. Shifting one task automatically updates others, with a baseline view showing all changes over time. It also has alerts, reminders, templates and import features. A to-do list can be accessed across devices, and selections are made simple and easy that keeps everyone on the same page.
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Teamwork Projects Introduces Board View for Tasks

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Teamwork Projects is a powerful project management application that enables teams to collaborate in real-time. It was initially built to organize work and track project details. Over the years, features were added to also allow users to create their own process in managing projects. Consistent with this philosophy of flexibility, the latest feature now introduces the Board View for Tasks.

Board View Benefits – Improve Your Team’s Performance

With Board View, Teamwork Projects users now have an additional project view where they can create a visual workflow for their tasks. All project team members can create, view, change and update tasks in progress intuitively. The team is able to instantly identify the progress of the project. They can see status change and know who is working on what. Also, the overview can reveal the logistics of a project. Read the Complete Article

Project Management for Construction – A Book Review

Project Management for Construction: Fundamental Concepts for Owners, Engineers, Architects, and Builders is a textbook in civil engineering. It does offer a unique perspective – that of the owner (or sponsor). Therefore, throughout the life cycle, the integrated and end-to-end viewpoint and interests of the owner are discussed and given emphasis. This includes consideration of all processes, techniques and costs, with the objective of a timely completion of the project in a cost-effective manner.

Book Details

This facsimile edition measures about 1.2 in. thick, 7.5 in. wide, and 9.8 in. tall. Shipping weight is about 3 pounds. It has 496 pages divided into 14 chapters. It is available in hardcover format. It was published by Prentice-Hall in 1989 in English, and is part of the Prentice-Hall International Series in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. ISBN-10: 0137312660; ISBN-13: 978-0137312665

Price

Starts from $129.10 + shipping for the hardcover version

Target Audience

Project Management for Construction is valuable to owners and their direct representatives. Read the Complete Article

Teamwork Projects Newest Integration with Microsoft Office

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Teamwork Projects is a project management application that enables high-performance teams to manage tasks and collaborate on projects. It also supports integration with existing apps to allow seamless work. In the past year, an in-house integrations team has worked on a Document Editor and on OneDrive for Business to help users edit, store and share project files. Recently, the team added an add-in for integration with Microsoft Office that is available to Window users.

Teamwork Projects + Microsoft Office Integration

The latest integration with Microsoft Office will allow Teamwork Projects users who downloaded the add-in to work on any item without leaving the Office app they are in. There are some requirements however. Users need to have at least Windows 7 or higher. The add-in can be used with Office 2013 or newer. Read the Complete Article