How to Supercharge Your Remote Team’s Communications

Posted by Guest on May 16, 2016

The way we imagine the workplace is an office with desks, a water cooler, a conference room and probably a sad little area for ‘fun’. As much as that might’ve been true in the 90s, we’ve come a long way since. There’s no more resentment from the early morning commute, or terrible small talk in the elevator. Now — in the age of remote work — we’ve never been in a better position. I’ve worked remotely almost all of my life. I’ve found good communication is the only thing that makes remote teams anything different to a bunch of disconnected people, alone on their laptops in silence. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about quality communication, email productivity, feedback loops and using the right tools. In this article, I’ll share some of that with you.   Don’t scatter your communication all over the place With so many shiny apps out there, it can be tempting to spread your work out between all of them, but it’s also horribly unproductive for you and your team. Imagine if I wanted to check the status of an article in progress, and had to first check Trello for the link, then Google Docs for the comments, then go onto my emails to send my reply. That’s 3 apps for one job. I don’t know the workflows and processes that are best for you, but I found that integrating my apps together did the trick. For example, I have my Trello activity feeding into…

Project Management Software: How To Find A Good Fit?

Posted by Guest on April 14, 2016

If you are thinking of investing in a project management software for your organization, you should consider couple of things before making your final decision. Two major things to consider is the size of the projects your company will have in the future and the number of people that will be assigned to those projects. Also, you should understand the culture and mobility of your organization and see if there is a need for a software that is accessible via mobile. Lastly, you should determine the budget for such an investment and match your needs with the amount of money you want to spend on a project management software. Types and costs of project management software Two most popular types are web-based and on-site software solutions. Web-based software is known as the Software as a Service (SaaS) which means that a server provider hosts the service and makes it available via Internet. Approximate costs for a web-based solution can vary from as low as $15 up to $100 per month or per user, including IT support and regular software updates. The payments are in a form of a monthly or annual fee. The clients for a web-based software are usually small businesses because of the low cost and efficient task management easily accessible using mobile devices. On-site software solutions include a variety of components, including hardware and necessary IT maintenance and software upgrades. With all of the fees added, including the IT support, licensing and physical serves, the cost could…