6 Key Factors of Failure Projects

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Let’s talk about the essential factors that  should guide us to success in project management. But, this time, we want to vary slightly the approach and analyze the most common mistakes that prevent projects succeed and not conform to expectations in terms of results, term or profitability.

What are the most common errors you should avoid if you want to achieve the expected results in your projects?

Project Management Success1. No defining clearly the project objectives

One of the main causes of project failure is the lack of clear, measurable and attainable objectives. You need to know what you want to achieve to conveniently manage the efforts of all parties involved. It is also essential in this process the customer expectations management, whether internal or external, to ensure that the goals are aligned with what is really expected and ensure their satisfaction with the outcome of the project.

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Benefits of the SaaS Project Management Software

So far, we have written about our new application and about the model in which it is based. Why is it important for a company to have a tool to manage its projects? Given the current situation of all companies, we all find the necessity of working harder, faster and in several projects at the same time, optimizing expenses in order to obtain the best profitability possible. To achieve this goal the best movement is to learn how to organize our resources and employee time to maximize the functionality of our company. This is not easy though. When a company deals with several projects at the same time, and is possibly composed by a multidisciplinary or geographically distributed team, communication issues may arise. E-mail, telephone, meetings can be used to improve the situation but they aren’t necessarily the best possible way.

This issue is addressed by a number of software solutions such as video conferences, instant messaging, synchronization tools, social networks, etc. However today we want to comment on a tool that is gaining a lot of traction lately: the project management software on demand.

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Let’s Talk About SaaS…

As you know, our tool Doolphy is based on the SaaS model. Let’s get some insights into what this model means since it is getting a lot of buzz lately.

There are many definitions of SaaS, but this one is the preferred by us:

SaaS is a software distribution model by the means of which an information technology company (IT) provides the services of maintenance, daily operation and user support for certain software

With this model, the traditional concept of software license disappears and users subscribe to the service. In that sense, the customer just pays for the use of the service not having to incur in expenses related to hardware or software maintenance. The first direct benefit from this is that it is possible to keep the software expenses to a constant level, and some times these expenses are lower than in traditional software.

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How to Adapt to a New Manager

Work teams change as new employees are added and others move to new positions or companies. If you chose to start a small business and are growing, you’re probably looking to bring in new hires. However, finding people who are the right fit with your company and culture can prove a challenge. Adapting to a new team takes time. What about when a new manager is brought in? While he/she is part of your immediate workforce, the lines are drawn a bit differently.

 

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3 Years Old!: Thanks*3

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It is always difficult to define the exact day when a startup is born. It could be the day when the idea was born, or when the team meets for the first time or the day when the company begins “officially” its activity. We opted for the latter option and, therefore, just these days we are celebrating Doolphy’s birthday.

 

During these 3 years we have grown a lot in every way: team, product, business… But certainly what we feel most proud of is how the Doolphy community has grown: customers, suppliers, fans, followers, friends. We still feel like a startup, trying to improve every day our product and offer a better service.

We want to thank*3:

- Thanks for following us through this blog, our Twitter, Facebook, etc.

- Thanks for your comments, suggestions and complaints.Your opinion is very important to us!

- And, above all, thanks for choosing Doolphy to manage your projects!

Up With Your Projects!

Perfect Project Management (Part IV) = GNOs + Doolphy

GNOsHello!

With this post we complete the series about how different kinds of organizations make the best use of Doolphy to manage their projects. Today, we want to talk about NGOs, any kind of nonprofit organizations, charity institutions and socially aware foundations.

A “social project” has many common elements with projects that are developed in different environments, such as the business world. The good use of the resources that are available is the key to achieve the planned goals. To do so it is necessary to have a plan, a non-interrupted internal communication and keep track of the project development.

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How to Motivate Your Boss?

Motivate your boss

We all know that team motivation is very important, but what about bosses?

From time to time we may feel tempted to think that a boss cannot be demotivated or should be prepared for any situation. However, we should keep in mind that they are humans and have to suffer a lot of tensions and pressures daily.

They may need encouragement to keep going in spite of troubles.

It can be difficult to find the middle ground between motivating your boss and  sucking up to her or him. I think that you should behave naturally. Thanks to a simple smile you can transmit that everything is ok and they are part of the team despite of the bad times. In short, you should share with them happiness and celebrations and, of course, they also have to be told when there is something wrong or they aren’t meeting our expectations. If people is honest about the existing problems, they can find better solutions, which directly affects their motivation.

 

As you can see, we are talking about basic and easy actions that help another team member and I’m sure that they affect in a positive way your team, if you apply them correctly, in the long term.

 

Do you think that is a good thing to have a motivated boss? Do you think that there are other actions to motivate them? We look forward to hearing from you!

 

How to Adapt to Your New Team

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From time to time we have to change our work team and that’s always something that brings some advantages and disadvantages at the same time.

From my point of view, one of the greater benefits is that it enables you to learn from your new workmates in a daily basis. And that is important because in many cases you may share more time with them than with your family or friends. On the other hand, one of the main problems is that you have to adapt to them to achieve good harmony.

And now, we’ll talk about 5 important points that will help you to deal with this situation in the most favorable way:

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Doolphy Actors (IV): Managers & Directors

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Managers & Directors: Doolphy

With this post, we close a series about profiles related to project management and how Doolphy helps them in their work.

This time we will review the case of Adriana, who runs a company specialized in online marketing, covering all types of Internet-related works: from website development to online communication through management of advertising campaigns. We have talked about collaborators, team members, project managers and clients. Today we want to talk about managers and directors who, although often are not directly related to project execution, are really interested in its development and outcome.

Before using Doolphy, Adriana used to spend a lot of time with the overall coordination of the company projects. Not being involved in the day to day of projects, she constantly needed to meet the various project managers to know their progress.

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“Doolphy helps us to be on time in the most important moments” The case of Ingeniería Civil, Desarrollo y Sociedad.

This week, the Ingeniería Civil, Desarrollo y Sociedad team wanted to share how they work with Doolphy with all of us. Juan Jerónimo Torralba, team member, told us how they develop their projects with the help of Doolphy. We are sure that their experience will help you too!

The Ingeniería Civil Desarrolloy Sociedad Team

The Ingeniería Civil Desarrolloy Sociedad Team

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