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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Avoid costly claims and disputes with proper documentation practices

Have you ever found yourself in a dispute with a client or subcontractor on a project and unable to produce documents to support your claims, simply because they were never properly completed or filed? Being in this position can cost contractors thousands of dollars and time lost to complete extra work, all because they didn’t document their position clearly.

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Customise your software to find the right fit

When I was younger I used to do puzzles with my dad. One of the most hilarious things I remember him saying about puzzle making was to try the piece in a spot one way first, then twist it around to see if it fits another way, and if it still didn’t fit, ram it in with a mallet.

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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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IPM is now Microsoft ISV Tested and Certified!

IPM Global is very pleased to announce that we have passed the Microsoft technical platform certification for IPM Project Management – “ISV Tested and Certified”.  But what does this really mean, many people ask – it essentially means peace of mind for our Channel Partners and End Users.  This technical test means that we have developed our application using best practice development  methods and that you can be confident that the product is solid and not “flakey”.  Microsoft have some very specific rules about how applications should interact with their platform.  These rules mean that we just can’t take shortcuts to get the job done, but instead we need to put in the hard yards to get it done properly so that the integrity of the platform (and therefore the application) are not compromised.

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New dynamic task summary panel

One of the most unusual aspects of our IPM development is the componentised approach provided by the Dynamics environment.   We find we can develop sophisticated new functionality without risking our existing components because every document stands alone.  This is one of the most difficult adjustments I have had to make as the architect of our product set.  Each time we add a new feature the approach to QA is completely different to development work we were doing 10 years ago.  In those days, a change in one part of the application could easily impact a number of different parts of the application.  In the Microsoft Dynamics xRM environment, this is not the case.

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