Author: Cara Doglione

Top 3 Software Alternatives to Basecamp

Basecamp prides itself on providing their customers, for 17 years now, with the utmost user-friendly program. Their goal is to continue providing their basecampers with a product that is at the highest level of integrity and quality.

Oh but wait! There’s a flip side – not everyone is a happy camper at the “basecamp”. To be frank, Basecamp frustrates some people because it doesn’t have all of the bare necessities as most Basecamp alternatives do. Basecamp does NOT have the following features:

Subtasks – Task Dependencies – Gantt Charts – Kanban Boards – Export to Excel
Workload Reports – 
Cost Tracking – Time Tracking – Import Microsoft Project Files

As Basecamp is simply not up to par, what do you do? Is there a solution? Of course!  The first option – because your relationship is too strong at the camp – is to use an add-on to Basecamp. And we have just the one to recommend to you, it’s called Bridge24 for Basecamp. Read the Complete Article

Mavenlink Via the TED Lens: 5 Talks on Leadership You Need to Know

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ted_mavnelinkMavenlink, a popular project management software, shared with us their 5 most popular articles. One of which was an article that showcased 5 TED talks about leadership. These TED talks discussed how to be an effective leader, be happy at work, be friends with stress, how kids can teach themselves, and the evolution of humans. Spoiler alert! The best talk was saved for last, after you have watched it you’ll never be the same. As these talks are informative and valuable for the project management field and Mavenlink participates in this field, as a software provider, I thought it would be interesting to examine Mavenlink, a review of sort, according to the perspectives in these talks. In other words, how does Mavenlink look through the TED lens? Specifically, is Mavenlink, according to TED, the following: an effective leader, positive, friends with stress, self-organizing, and, a good fictional story? Read the Complete Article

Microsoft Project 2013–1st edition Book Review

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Microsoft Project 2013 is the only book for the Microsoft Official Academic Course, and is a guide for the Microsoft Project program. This book will show you how to manage resources, assignments, scheduling, and more via the Microsoft Project program. It facilitates project manager’s ability to be enhance their computer skills. Which, intern, can give them a competitive edge in the job market.

Book Details

This book is 8.1 x 0.5 x 10.7 inches and has 384 pages. It is available in paperback and kindle version. Published in October, 2013 by Microsoft Official Academic Course, this book is available in English and is the first edition.

ISBN-10: 0470133120; ISBN-13: 978-0470133125

Price

$24.99-$95.03 for the paperback version and $30.32-$41.60 for kindle version

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Target Audience

In this technological age, project managers should have excellent computer skills, and keep-up with the latest trends. Read the Complete Article

The RACI Matrix Chameleon: How it Changes According to Your Project

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A girl can never have too many lipstick options, Zoe Sugg. The same is true about RACI matrix options – you can never have too many. Here is a list of 10 that will help you hypothesize, strategize, and standardize. This article explains how you can modify this responsibility assignment matrix to manage your project resources. In alphabetical order here are your RACI alternatives:

1. ARCI: Approve, Recommend, Consulted, Informed

This alternative organizes who gets to make which decisions. A for Approve: the person in this role is given the authorization to approve answers to a decision. R for Recommend: provides suggestions as to an answer to a decision. C for Consulted: two-way communication in this role – the person in this role instills their wisdom into others. I for Informed: this again is the person who is kept in the loop. Read the Complete Article

Smartsheet Update: Smartsheet for JIRA

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The popular and diverse software, JIRA, has a new capability – thanks to Smartsheet. This tracking tool for bugs, issues and workflow functions for IT and software development projects is now one with Smartsheet. The shortcoming, and often times a problem, that comes with JIRA is that it does not provide a desired understanding of the work done on a project. Now it does! To enable precise project development, Smartsheet for JIRA provides that in-depth knowledge for IT and Software development projects. As a result of this new feature, visibility is improved, team collaboration is increased, and comprehension is improved with a customisable view.

Smartsheet for JIRA or JIRA for Smartsheet?

As mentioned, Smartsheet for JIRA keeps users on the same page. It takes you to the next level of visibility, collaboration and viewing capability. Read the Complete Article

Mavenlink Update: Proofing Tool For Creative Projects

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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.

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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 Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

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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.
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Understanding Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RACI Matrix)

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Introduction

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

McGraw-Hill Education: Project Management Professional Exam,1st Edition – A Book Review

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McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional ExamReady 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.

Book Details

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

Price

$5.99 – $33.09 for the paperback version

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Target Audience

In some situations, a PMP certification is necessary, if not mandatory. Read the Complete Article

OpenProject Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

Overview Presentation

OpenProject - logoOpenProject 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.
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