I think my boss didn't handle things well today, but I need some help because I have lost all perspective on this situation. I'm only 7 months in as a system analyst (programmer) and I guess I don't get the biz yet. [more inside]
posted by kitcat
on Sep 12, 2013 -
Are there any websites or programs that can read and export MS Project .mpp files that are more affordable and just as capable as MS Project? Failing that, what's a good online website that can achieve the same effect of building the chart for the customer and maybe even allowing them to collaborate with us on it? We're a small company whose customers often like to see and modify MS Project files at the beginning of a project. Project is expensive and locked to one computer per license, and I don't feel like installing it on lots of computers here when most of the users will use it maybe 1% of the time. Plus, none of us know how to fully extract all the value from this expensive software to justify it. I'd like a solution more tailored to our small needs that still will satisfy our customers. I'm also open to other project management solutions as detailed below. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I will be assigning a small staff to shifts in multiple locations at different times on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis. I need to develop an efficient way to keep track of who is supposed to be where at what times, and be able to keep that data for future reference. It would be great if I could keep track of how many shifts each person is assigned on a monthly/quarterly basis.
I'm envisioning cumbersome spreadsheets that I'm loathe to create from scratch. Is there an Excel template or a (free/cheap) software solution that will do this for me? Do you do this sort of thing and have advice for me? I'm not the kind of person to reinvent the wheel, so I'd appreciate any help I can get.
posted by LouMac
on Sep 6, 2013 -
We have four departments and each has their own way of managing their student lists, I'd like to find one solution to rule them all. [more inside]
posted by monocultured
on Aug 28, 2013 -
What software/websites would you recommend to help a team of not more than a dozen individuals at different sites manage a collaborative project? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I work at a radio station. One of my managers attended a public radio networking event recently where people were bandying about the idea of book clubs for radio station listeners. Our top-level manager has decided that "we are definitely doing the book club thing." This is now my problem. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella
on Aug 13, 2013 -
At work, I need to run staff meetings. Please tell me how to run meetings that are helpful for employees and don’t waste time. [more inside]
posted by mejicat
on Jul 29, 2013 -
I am embarking on a large ongoing project, and I am hoping to incorporate some project management ideas to keep me on task.
What I am hoping for is as follows:
*Easily managed, intuitive, customizable database.
*Automated "ticklers" (i.e. reminders) to check each part of the project at predetermined intervals (one month, three months, etc.).
*Easy status tracking.
What I am really hoping to build is a system to track a large number of similar items through a long process while still being manageable by one person, and to have the data available quickly.
Any suggestions on where I can learn how to develop a system like this, or any suggestions on pre-established systems or software that would help would be greatly appreciated.
posted by dfc5656
on Jul 25, 2013 -
My employer has allocated $500/year as a benefit to me for training.
I have not used it yet this year - suggestions?
Areas I'd like to focus on - accounting, excel, QuickBooks, management training. I'm open to other things if they would be useful. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetfairy
on Jul 18, 2013 -
Looking for software suggestions for a media asset management system for a small workgroup setting, mostly on OS X hardware. [more inside]
posted by spitbull
on Jul 17, 2013 -
Just received a long-awaited promotion. However, the accompanying pay raise was a massive disappointment, and now I'm strongly considering looking for a new job. Is it worth it to ask for more money? If not, should I stay at my current company or find a new job? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher
on Jul 15, 2013 -
You are a person who has a normal, healthy, societally-standard relationship with anger.
What does that look like? How do you express it? How frequently? How do people around you respond to it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 10, 2013 -
I'm on the job market and I want to move up in the world, managing other people. Tell me how to come across as a capable leader, especially in an interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 4, 2013 -
What is the best way to damage-control, or manage an online reputation damaged by press coverage of an event stemming from youthful, bad-decision making? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 3, 2013 -
Does an OSX app exist which will limit the use of a single application? Nothing in the parental controls seems to be able to limit time spent in a given application. [more inside]
posted by neilkod
on Jun 23, 2013 -
I may, in the future, have the opportunity to move to a management role in a union environment at a state university. Some state universities have professional unions and some have service employee unions. Do you have experience working or managing in an environment like this? How is it different from working in a non-union academic environment? If I were to make a move like this, how could I be the best manager for both union and non-union people possible?
posted by eleanna
on Jun 22, 2013 -
Is this purchasing designation known and sought after among SCM professionals in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Deodand
on Jun 19, 2013 -
I've been tasked with creating (well, refactoring and redesigning) a web app for managing a security company. It includes call logs, encounter reports, regions, locations, duties (patrols), various kinds of bulletins, and other things. If I were to search for existing software that covers the same purpose, what would I search for? What is this kind of thing called? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux
on Jun 14, 2013 -
I have a need for dependent calendaring – maybe this is the domain of project management software, but such seems more elaborate than what I need. But any ideas or solutions would be appreciated. I’ll go into a little more detail inside to explain what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jun 14, 2013 -
My company will pay for my graduate management degree, so it seems wise to take them up on the offer. Can you give me advice from your MBA or MBA-like program experience? [more inside]
posted by BeeDo
on May 29, 2013 -
The facts: I'm a reservoir engineer at a Fortune 500 oil and gas company. I have six years of experience. I have a BS in Petroleum Engineering from a top school. I've been told I'm on the fast track to management. I've also been told that unless I get an MBA, I'll reach a point in my career one day (maybe 10-15 years in the future) where I can't rise any higher.
The question: I realize that there is no black-and-white answer here, but I'm looking for general advice on if I should get my MBA, so as not to plateau in my career advancement possibilities at a major oil and gas firm. Is an MBA generally considered to be a requirement for reaching the upper echelons of management at a Fortune 500? Are enough of my peers getting an MBA that it will be hard to complete with them if I don't also have one?
Any advice you can offer, especially with respect to the oil and gas world, would be helpful (that said, advice on Fortune 500's in general is welcome as well). Obviously, getting an MBA is a major personal, professional, and financial commitment, so I want to consider all of the angles. What gives me pause is that when I look at some of the executives in positions I'd like to one day be in (general managers, VPs, or higher), some do not have MBAs.
posted by Shaitan
on May 29, 2013 -
Can you recommend a book for a newly-promoted researcher who isn't used to managing a team? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee
on May 20, 2013 -
I'm having trouble finding up-to-date resources for managing tasks. I freelance and handle about 3 clients that want to push through dozens of small tasks and projects each week. Is there anything with the functionality of basecamp but on a much smaller scale? A well-designed template for a collaborative task list via google documents would work too. [more inside]
posted by c
on May 14, 2013 -
I work for an organization that has lots of photos and videos but no system to manage that. I have introduced the idea of using a system like Resourcespace
to achieve this goal. What areas could I study to implement this most effectively? Any books, journals, associations or anything that covers effective metadata and content management? [more inside]
posted by andendau
on Apr 20, 2013 -
How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Apr 15, 2013 -
Hoping you can share some ideas or things you have observed companies do to energize and excite their organizations. Please note that ideas that work for young organizations like google may not work for me since I am trying to do this in a very traditional, large and old (over 100 years in business) organization.
One idea that comes to mind is hiring relatively younger employees for senior management positions. Perhaps having more team outings might help as well.
I would welcome any suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
posted by r2d2
on Apr 13, 2013 -
Is there an integrated system that will let me digitize scraps of paper very quickly? The intended use case would be removing the paper clutter from a busy person's desk. Household uses Linux, Android phones, an iPad and a Mac. [more inside]
posted by themel
on Apr 7, 2013 -
What are the legal implications if I start a blog documenting the poor service my property manager provides, and asking others to share their opinions of this firm? I can speak for the factual accuracy of my own experiences (I have their letters and invoices etc, as well as my responses), but what about others? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin
on Mar 21, 2013 -
Why can't I simply *email* pdfs or a quick status update to a 'project timeline'? [more inside]
posted by jak68
on Mar 18, 2013 -
I will be managing a remote Indian Infrastructure Support Help Desk. Not a call center, but we'll be handling all Tier I issues for Desktop and NOC operations for a major US client. I'm trying to come up with a document to detail the *"best practices" for connecting to their network*. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal
on Mar 11, 2013 -
Help me with my ten year old sons school project !
I'd like to find people - as well known as possible - to whom the adage "power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely" .
So an ideal example would be someone who started off with good intentions and then on gaining power started behaving poorly . Also ideally once they'd turned nasty their actions would not be so despicable that you wouldn't mind explaining them to a ten year old
posted by southof40
on Mar 9, 2013 -
I work in education and I've always tended to view the whole strategic planning, action plans, targets, success criteria thing with extreme cynicism. However, I have to engage with this stuff more and more and feel my cynicism needs to be better informed. Is there any evidence that these processes make for better or more successful organisations AND/OR what are the most convincing critiques? Educational context good but not essential and I'm interested in a range of perspectives - sociological, economic, psychological etc.
posted by janecr
on Mar 9, 2013 -
I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have information on how the Government of Mexico was able to convince it's citizens that investing in disaster risk management (DRM) insurance/cat bond schemes was worthy of their tax money? [more inside]
posted by msk1985
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Will the entrepreneurial work I've been dedicating the bulk of my time and energy to make me look hirable if I ever decide to get a "real job"? Or will it look like a potential liability and put me at a disadvantage? What will I be qualified for? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba
on Mar 4, 2013 -
How historically accurate is the portrayal of the interaction between the worker/labor class and the sales/middle class in the British sitcom 'Are You Being Served?" [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld
on Feb 18, 2013 -
Professional certificate in Project Management or Green Belt in 6 Sigma, which one is better for the resume or the career in general? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous
on Feb 12, 2013 -
Content Management Systems allow users to manage/publish web content. A Print on Demand system allows users manage/publish print content. I need a single system that does both. [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell
on Feb 10, 2013 -
You have an online store where customers pay in, say, monthly subscriptions. The customers are able to manage their account online. You also sell a few other items as one-offs via a webstore. None of this requires shipping as your customers pick up in person. What sorts of programs are you using? How do you deal with credit cards? What should this all cost? Any opinions about programs such as Member Assembler, CSAware, Farmigo or DeliveryBizPro? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I am supposed to come up with a few personal and a few team goals for a meeting at work. I am someone who always leaves the "Objective" section of resume blank because this stuff is alien to me. Anyone have any insight into management expectations with this stuff? [more inside]
posted by polywomp
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I'm stepping into a new role at work in which I'll manage a team of consultants. Each consultant will work on a few projects at once, each with its own start date, duration, total number of hours, etc. Is there some software out there that can help me track their activity? [more inside]
posted by donblood
on Jan 17, 2013 -
I need to make sure that all the works I cite in my dissertation are included in the references section at the end. What is your super streamlined and efficient method? [more inside]
posted by kochenta
on Jan 12, 2013 -
You've seen sales companies that bring you in, train you to sell for them, and after a certain amount of time train you to manage a team. Is this a viable pursuit or is there a catch? [more inside]
posted by Autumn
on Dec 8, 2012 -
I've been put in charge of a small catalog of games, books and other knick knacks. I need a way to catalog, store and manage the checkout of these items. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Nov 25, 2012 -