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Cool collaboration platforms and products

My office is in the middle of piloting a certain tool for cross-organizational collaboration, but I'm wondering what else is out there. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Oct 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Object to track hours?

A few weeks ago I came across a couple of different websites about objects with motion sensors inside them that sit on your desk. You could write the names of projects on various sides of the thinger. As you put hours into a project, you rotated the whatchamacallit so that the side corresponding to that project was upright, and the motion sensor kept track of the time that side was upright, so you'd basically have a toy that tracked project hours. I can't find the websites now. [more inside]
posted by telophase on Oct 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Projects, IT, and Transparency - how do we improve?

We are a higher education IT operation - about 60 people - serving many internal and external stakeholders. We have significant transparency challenges internally in that there are multiple teams within IT and we often do not know what other teams are doing or working on, which can result in waste, duplication, and frustration. How do we get better? [more inside]
posted by idb on Jul 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Online courses to improve business communication skills.

Can anyone recommend any online courses or training resources that I can organise for my staff to help improve their business communication skills? (Written and/or verbal, or both) [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Jul 13, 2016 - 1 answer

Professional training course recommendation?

I'm in the UK. My employer will pay £800 for work-related training. I've mostly stumbled into my current position, and I'm not British, so I don't really know the system here. Attempts to find something useful online have been unsuccessful, so I'm looking for suggestions from people who might be more familiar with this sort of thing. I think what I want is something project management related, but I'm not quite sure. More below on the specifics. [more inside]
posted by harujion on Jun 19, 2016 - 5 answers

How to track data when it changes rapidly and unpredictably?

When you are receiving updates to data or a project in rapid and unpredictable fashion, how do you keep track of these changes? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Simple sample project for PM Certificate study?

Looking for ideas for a relatively simple case project to use as a base for my PM Certificate course. My actual experience is with projects that are far too complex to use to work through the course. [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 15, 2016 - 6 answers

What tool does my team need that's part project management, part DB etc?

I'm drowning in Google results because I'm not even sure what to call what we're looking for - I feel like I should know but I'm drawing a blank. We need a tool to capture information about customers and vendors and also manage things we need to do for those customers. Details of what features we're looking for and what specific things we'd be doing with it inside - can you recommend tools, or tell me what search terms I need to use to get to the right kind of tools to check out? [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude on Apr 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Simple task/timeboxing apps that let me plan tasks on a calendar

I am looking for an app that ideally works on Mac/iPad/Android that lets me keep a list of tasks and then plan those tasks on a calendar on a specific date and time. Due dates are not good enough, I really want to specify that I will do task X on Tuesday from 10.00-10.30. I then want to see a calendar view with all my planned tasks for the day/week, as if they were appointments. [more inside]
posted by blub on Feb 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Project Management for newbies

I've been offered an awesome opportunity at work to help manage a large-scale statewide project. I need suggestions for resources to up my project management game. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Dec 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Project/programme management resources

I'll be adding some project/programme management responsibilities to my role in the next month or so, and am looking for resources to help me prepare. [more inside]
posted by minsies on Aug 31, 2015 - 3 answers

Escape from Project Management

I find myself being recruited for (and sometimes taking) healthcare IT project management jobs, and it turns out I hate them all. Specifically, I hate being held accountable for everything but having zero authority to actually do, fix, or decide anything. How do I break out of this project management career trap? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Aug 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Tell me all about analog organization systems

How did people organize tasks, reference materials, records, and projects before the widespread advent of computers? And how did they learn these techniques? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 24, 2015 - 14 answers

The PMP Exam is changing -- Should I return my study materials?

I very recently purchased some study materials for the PMP exam and now I see that the exam is changing. Should I try to return my study materials? [more inside]
posted by incomple on Jul 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Time tracking issues through GitHub

I'm charged with coming up with a system to help developers track time spent on bugs. Everyone is in support of this, so now we're just looking for a super-lightweight system. (We're a library with just a few developers, not a big firm.) Our developers already use GitHub to track issues and close tickets, so do you have any favorite GitHub extensions that let developers enter time spent and generate reports from that data? I've seen a few out there, but would love to hear specific recommendations. Thanks!
posted by lillygog on Jul 20, 2015 - 1 answer

It's another project management software question.

I work for a (currently) very small research center, and we need to manage the rotating herd of undergrad and grad research assistants, which means we need project management software. We're looking for some snowflakes and unicorns... [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on May 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Gantt charts on a Mac?

All I need is to make, then frequently modify, one long Gantt chart — on a Mac, with a local app rather than a web service. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Remind me to remember to ask this question

I need a reminder system for tasks and follow-ups with some sort of desktop pop-up reminder. [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Apr 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Need a soul mate for my Jira

Our organization uses Jira or managing agile development and we use a plug in called Tempo to do time-tracking and resource forecasting. It's not the greatest combination. Looking for recommendations on other software or plug ins that help Jira out in terms of enterprise portfolio management [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 7, 2015 - 1 answer

What do project managers do?

Oh, right -- they manage projects. So, um... how do they do that? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Mar 31, 2015 - 24 answers

Collaboration tools for a remote non-coding team?

I am working with a new, small remote team, and I'm trying to establish good norms for software tools to manage projects. I'm looking for advice on workflows and getting less tech-savy members up to speed. Specific questions, including Asana and Slack, below. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Mar 19, 2015 - 2 answers

Tracking benefits

How do you track the benefits of multiple projects delivering over time? [more inside]
posted by dangerousdan on Nov 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Really simple task sharing / ticketing program

I need a dead-simple task sharing / ticketing / to do list program for a small ad agency's creative team. About seven of us will be using it. When I say "simple" I mean "so simple that what I'm looking for might not even be marketed as a project management tool." [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Nov 6, 2014 - 17 answers

Navigating a role change at work

I've been with this smallish company for about 8 months, and was approached today about a potential role change. I'm wondering how I should navigate things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Hardware and Software PM tool?

Another PM looking for my snowflake scheduling tool. Challenge: hardware and software. [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Oct 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Tips for an Industrial Engineering MS looking for a job?

My wife graduated from Northeastern University with an MS in Industrial Engineering earlier this year. She's had some difficulty finding employment relevant to her educational experience. How can I best help her in this? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Sep 4, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I break down and tackle huge projects?

How on earth do adults organize huge projects? And allot time to them? And then actually get them done? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Boston-area project mgmt - need help setting up AND sticking to a system

I need a professional in the greater Boston area to help me set up a project management system for myself AND stick to it. I can't do this on my own. (Is this a life coach? A personal organizer? An executive coach? What job title I should be searching for? I already have a therapist. I want some kind of organization specialist.) [more inside]
posted by cadge on Aug 25, 2014 - 5 answers

What is a good standard set of IT Infrastructure Project Milestones?

I've been tasked with developing a set of standard IT Infrastructure Project Milestones and I'm kind of at a loss on coming up with a standard. Basically we have weekly status slides (PPTs) that we fill out for EVERY project that's in flight at our company. I'm the PM for Infrastructure. I was using something pretty generic like: 1. Project Kick-Off 2. Requirements Review/Sign Off 3. Design 4. Development or Set Up/Configuration 5. Test Unit & UAT (Regression & System If Applicable) 6. Deploy (Pilot * Deploy Where Applicable) 7. Warranty All you IT gurus out there (and PMs!) can you help me develop something better that can be used as a standard?
posted by PetiePal on Aug 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Smother me with tips & advice on managing design projects

I'm an experienced product & "UX" designer who just started a new job (yay!) where the focus in the short term is managing design work done by external vendors & studios. I've done some of this before, but always small scale and usually in conjunction with a project manager who handled most of the time and team management stuff. I need your advice, tips, tools, and other lore on ways of managing design projects like these as I'm in a little over my head. [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Jul 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Project management and scheduling for a scientific team

I am part of a large collaborative lab-based project. We are currently disorganized and inefficient and are are looking for some project management systems or tools. [more inside]
posted by strekker on Jul 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Project Management App/Time Tracking App

I'm looking for a great project management & time tracking app that meets these criteria: 1. Not cloud-hosted (i.e., must be installed on our own servers) for legal reasons. 2. Great iOS apps. 3. Capacity to handle a team of multiple people, not just a single individual's projects 4. Painless time tracking (with reporting for the manager) 5. Ability to create tasks or projects (either, I'm flexible), estimate time in advance, track actual time spent, and report on difference between estimated time and actual time. [more inside]
posted by gd779 on Jun 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for cloud based job tracking

I'm looking for a way to keep track of anywhere from 50 to 150 current projects for my manufacturing business. There seems to be a lot of project management suites out there in the cloud (Asana, Zoho, etc.) but they seem more involved than what I'm looking for. What I have envisioned in my head is more like an Access or Filemaker database -- a nice one-page synopsis of jobs with searchable fields like job name, job number, customer, current status (design, tooling, production, shipping, etc), salesperson, date of order, estimated delivery date, etc. Does this exist? Thanks!
posted by PSB on Jun 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Hivemind, please help me choose a career direction

In short: PMP? CISA? Dev? Or all of the above? I'm working at a small IT company (30 people). I have a CompSci degree. I went from programming to business analysis to project management with a side of information security thrown in as I'm responsible for ISO 27001 policy compliance. I'm not a "rockstar" or expert in any of those fields, but I can do them competently. (There certainly haven't been any complaints from the management.) Basically I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none". So where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth Judge And The Explosive Xerox on Jun 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Am I qualified for this and, if not, what AM I qualified for?

I will be graduating with my B.A. in December (at the age of 54) and looking for a job. All along my plan has been to work as a non-profit program manager or project manager. Now I'm not sure I'm qualified. If I'm not, what AM I qualified for, besides the soul-deadening bookkeeping that I've been doing? [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Jun 5, 2014 - 12 answers

File, paper, and project management for a freelancer without a desk.

I have recently switched from an office job to working freelance. I belong to a coworking space but I don't have my own desk. Any advice for organizing paperwork without an everyday desk space? [more inside]
posted by kdern on May 18, 2014 - 8 answers

How to manage a graphic designer?

I work with an agency that has multiple clients, projects, and account managers, but only one, remote graphic designer. It has fallen on me to manage all graphic design needs for all accounts, and communicate these needs to the designer. Is there software, a template, or any other service that would helps manage this? (I know there are various project management apps/platforms, but is there one better suited to graphic design?) I'll need to track assorted, shifting deadlines for projects that each have their own styles and assets. All tips appreciated!
posted by Unsomnambulist on May 15, 2014 - 13 answers

High-level cross-project management

What software can I use for a high-level view of my team's available vs. allocated hours and budgeted time approved across our projects? [more inside]
posted by camcgee on Apr 18, 2014 - 2 answers

What's the best project management software for this task?

I am leading a team of approximately 15 people who will be working together to create a database of academic policies (maybe 20-40), categorize these policies by department/area, assess their current status (some don't exist yet, we'll just identify the need), prioritize need for attention, work to create and/or revise policies, and then continue to update and maintain. Our group of 15 will likely divide into smaller subcommittees to do more focused work. Is there a piece of software (above and beyond google docs) that will help facilitate collaboration on this task? Is something like Evernote or Basecamp what I'm looking for? How to choose between platforms? I'm willing to pay for the right thing, but it's essential there is no major learning curve for users.
posted by TurkishGolds on Apr 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Unreasonable to Want Higher Pay or Better Fitting Position?

I get the feeling I'm underpaid in my current position and my primary skillset is definitely under-utilised, but without a degree or even the industry standard certificate for what I really like to do, I feel like I have to accept that. Am I wrong? It would change my life to be wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2014 - 14 answers

These projects aren't going to manage themselves

What would you recommend for project management and research-sharing among 15 people? We want to replace Redbooth fka Teambox with something that works and suits our needs better (specifics within). Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Mar 6, 2014 - 6 answers

What does simple project management look like?

What does "Project Management Light" look like? Are there good resources out there team members can read/watch/etc? Background and requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Feb 19, 2014 - 11 answers

What kind of Resource Management Tool would help my company?

I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Project management/tracking software?

My professional responsibilities are expanding to include much more supervisory work, including overseeing projects executed by outside organizations. I need a way to keep track of these projects' status so I don't let anything slip through the cracks! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me organize this non-profit startup!

I am the new admin for a statewide non-profit startup. I need help figuring out the best tools to use for: project management, grant management, community engagement, and database management. The more integrated the systems, the better. Cloud-based is a must. And, of course, the cheaper the better. [more inside]
posted by frizz on Jan 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Which PMI-related courses should I take to obtain PDU's?

I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). I am always looking for good values in my ongoing education while also meeting PMI's PDU requirements. I also want to take those courses that others have found to be rewarding and useful for project managers' careers. Frankly, from what I've seen online and taken so far, it has been somewhat disappointing. I am looking for your recommendations. Are there any courses you can recommend? Thank you!
posted by neruda1968 on Dec 30, 2013 - 1 answer

Budgeting QA time in web dev?

For those working in web dev with a dedicated QA/testing team: what percentage/ratio of the project schedule do you devote to testing, fixing, and regression testing, especially when compared to planning and the time actually allocated to dev? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Help on teaching kids on Project Management

My kids' school has started a program to have parents come in and talk about careers after school - what jobs are available, what it means from overall responsibility and day-to-day activities. I am signed up to talk about IT Project Mgmt... [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Why are we so bad at estimating our time?

I am looking for informed opinions and articles on why we are so bad at estimating our time on projects, specifically from an IT project management-perspective. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Oct 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Google apps email sharing between coworkers. Difficulty Level: MSOutlook

Like most impossible things, it seems like it should be simple. Basically trying to figure out a way to do project management via email with Outlook which is syncing from Google apps via MAPI / Google Apps Sync. I get an email, I put it into a folder, which then gives my colleague access to read and respond to that email in the same folder, and vice versa. Can it be done? All the juicy details inside. [more inside]
posted by sxtrumpeto on Oct 2, 2013 - 1 answer

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