Archive December 22, 2010

Why Excel may be costing you time and money

For years, Excel has been a staple project management tool. But have you ever stopped to consider whether in some instances using Excel may actually be more of a hindrance than a help in managing your projects? I’m not saying there is no place for Excel in project management, but the heavy reliance of organisations on Excel as one of the main project management tools can often involve more work than is needed.

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9 reasons why IPM can help you manage your projects better

An investment in project management software can be a very big decision and one that is usually well researched and not to be taken lightly. Apart from the obvious consideration of the price, many other factors have to be taken into account to ensure you end up with the right software for the job. So to make the decision easier, I’m posting the following list of 9 reasons why IPM is the project management software for you.

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Change routine and improve your interactions with your project management software

Are you the sort of person who gets into a routine and sticks with it? Don’t worry, most of us are. We all have that same coffee place we stop at on the way to work, or the same seat on the train every morning.

However, when it comes to using new software, this probably isn’t the right approach. Organisations often spent large amounts of money finding and implementing software programs to help them work better and smarter. But due to ingrained human nature of liking routine and what’s comfortable, they often encounter two main problems with users interacting with the software. Either users try to apply their old processes to the new software, or they learn one way to use new software then stick with it.

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Forecast and forecast often – new detailed forecasting feature in IPM

One of the best ways to keep track of time and money on a project is to forecast, and forecast often. Continually updating and adjusting your forecast figures throughout a project gives you a solid understanding of what is needed to finish the job and can help you adjust your budget and schedules if necessary. Identifying any problems early on can also help save you time and money.

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IPM Project Management tutorials now up and running

We are very pleased to unveil our new look IPM tutorial video page, which we hope gives you an easy to use one stop shop for all the IPM tutorial videos we have created. The videos have been designed to show you how each individual section of IPM works step by step, and we hope they will be useful to help you get the most out of your IPM product. And you never know, you may discover functionality you didn’t know existed!

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The beginning of the end (user)

The July/August 2010 edition of CFMA’s ‘Building Profits’ magazine focussed on IT Solutions, and featured an interesting article by Fred J. Ode on how to avoid new software implementations failing. In it, he argues that end users are the key to success of any new software implementation, and we couldn’t agree more.

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