Increase Efficiency and Productivity Through Time Tracking

24 May 2018
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Whether you’re writing blog posts, staffing up for an event, covering all the operating hours surrounding seasonal ups and downs, or trying to figure out whether to add staff to cover a growing project or client list, you’ve got to be able to quantify your current workload if you hope to maintain efficiency and productivity.

Essential Templates for Project Managers

16 January 2018
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When a project manager is focused on the completion of specific objectives and goals in the effort of bringing together a project, they need to plan, organize, and manage resources to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Projects only stand a chance of being successfully completed when specific and measurable goals are set, and the manager keeps track of the effort and resources put forth by team members. So where do you start when it comes to monitoring project output and deadlines? You could start from scratch and create a custom set of fields and formulas, but if […]

Top Benefits of Project Management Software Solutions

1 August 2017
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To succeed in intensely competitive industries, organizations need to make the best use of technology and B2B software solutions. Project managers need to understand the many benefits of project management software systems to be able to utilize them effectively. The popularity of this type of software can be gauged from the fact that the global web-based project management software market is expected to rake in sales of $1.52 billion from 2016 to 2020. But what is project management software, really? In general, these solutions allow project managers to assign and track tasks, keep members updated, and efficiently coordinate with them. […]

Part 5: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Project Portfolio Management

8 June 2017
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Part 5: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Project Portfolio Management Continuing on in this multi-part series, with parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Project Portfolio Management software. Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is a top down approach to strategizing projects. Our last blog covered Enterprise Project Management (EPM), which focuses on the daily management of multiple projects from the bottom up. Conversely, Project Portfolio Management is the evaluation of projects from a top down view, with considerations such as, which projects will be prioritized, de-prioritized, which to start […]

The Conclusion: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus?

22 June 2015
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Checklist

To wrap up this series (of parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) I’m putting together a cheat sheet for anyone who wants to take a look at this crowded and diverse market of over 300 PM & PPM software options. The variety in project management software categories and the features they offer can make purchasing the ideal solution a difficult process. It is important to have a clear picture of the capabilities of each type of software and which solution will improve both your business and your projects. To tie it back to the example in the first blog […]

Part 6: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Professional Services Automation

15 June 2015
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Professional Services Automation

Continuing on in this multi-part series, with parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Professional Services Automation software. In short, Professional Services Automation (PSA) can be considered like an ERP software for service organizations. PSAs are a separate entity from all other project management softwares, since they are specifically designed for the service industry. It is a solution that will help RUN a professional service business from end to end. This type of software came to exist for the purpose of linking the front office of a service business (the clients), to […]

Part 4: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Enterprise Project Management

1 June 2015
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Continuing on in this 6 part series, with Parts 1, 2 and 3 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Enterprise Project Management software. Enterprise Project Management (EPM) is the daily management of multiple projects, simultaneously. In our previous blog, we focused on the notion of Project Management, which to some degree can be thought of as working within a vacuum, with a single project focus. Comparatively, Enterprise Project Management software takes a holistic view of multiple projects. Below is an excellent definition of EPM by Genius Project’s Director of Product Strategy: “Enterprise Project Management takes a holistic approach to managing […]

Part 3: PM Software is from Mars…Or is it Venus? What is Project Management

25 May 2015
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Compass

Continuing on in this 6 part series, with Parts 1 and 2 complete, we now arrive to the discussion of Project Management software. Of all the categories in the PM & PPM Universe, project management software is by far the most difficult to navigate. The reason being that every solution, no matter how simple or complex and regardless of what project management tools are actually offered, slot themselves into the PM software category. It is undoubtedly the most commonly used term to describe ALL the categories of PM & PPM software. Marketers are well tuned into this trend and do […]

Part 2: PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus? What is Project Collaboration

18 May 2015
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Circling back to our last article about navigating the PPM & PM landscape, we arrive to the first point of attack: Project Collaboration. Project Collaboration tools are an undeniably better way to manage team communications versus email – which are often inundated with notifications from social media, personal emails and all other types of communications that flood inboxes and cause unnecessary distractions. This video of Slack founder, Stewart Butterfield, describes why using a social collaboration platform instead of work emails will make workers more productive: Slash Many companies are choosing to work with Project Collaboration platforms for this very reason, […]

PM Software is from Mars…or is it Venus?

10 May 2015
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red mars planet

The mission of establishing permanent human residence on Mars, and the set departure date for the first crew in 2026, has spawned a series of questions about the possibility of vacationing to this “Red Planet”. While some have high hopes as to the possibility of taking weekend jaunts to Mars, the reality is that when or if commercial space travel does happen, it won’t only be costly, but lengthy too – with the expected length of visit being up to four months at a time. The same can be said about the expectations vs reality when it comes to purchasing a PM […]