This week, we begin a series of posts aimed at improving your experience with Doolphy and how to get more out of it.
This first article is going to be based on project creation, the fundamental first step in being able to optimally manage all the planning, execution and analysis of your work.
Doolphy knows that not all projects are alike and each one has some special requirements in order to be started. Thus, you have 2 different options to create your projects.
2017 is here! Now it is the moment to think about how the last year was and to gather all the resolutions for a new period full of new projects.
We want to take this opportunity to share with you our new year’s resolution list to improve how projects are managed in 2017:
Continuing the series of articles about the profiles and sectors that use Doolphy every day, today we want to analyze why Doolphy is the perfect tool for managing consulting projects and other professional services such as auditing or providing legal advice.
Personally, I spent a great part of my career as a business consultant, including several years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of the so-called “Big Four”. This was before embarking on the adventure of entrepreneurship and continuing my professional development in start-ups. And now, I can see, with satisfaction, that Doolphy covers all the needs of these businesses to manage their projects in an efficient and controlled way.
Following the line started a few weeks ago, where we explained how marketing agencies use Doolphy, today WE pay special attention to the main profiles that can be found in any organization, company or team. In this first episode, we want to talk about people directly involved in the project: collaborators.
Today, Thursday November 3th, we celebrate the 13th edition of the “International Project Management Day”. This day was established in 2004 by Frank P. Saladis and since then it has been held the first Thursday of November each year, with the aim of giving greater visibility to the value contributed by the project management and highlighting the work of project managers around the world. Therefore, it is considered further the “Project Manager Day”.
How do Task Dependencies work in Doolphy?
Setting dependency relationships between 2 or more tasks means linking tasks to each other according to the start or end date. In Doolphy dependencies are created “End to Start”. Between task A and B, an end-to-start dependency implies that task B cannot start until task A is completed. Being able to create this kind of relationships is very important in some projects where it is essential to complete a task in order to start the next one.
Good project managers understand how critical it is to use their time wisely and efficiently. Still, it’s not always easy to handle distractions, manage consecutive projects and communicate effectively with staff and clients. It takes commitment and discipline to get more done in less time.
The following project management tips can help you regain those lost hours and redirect them down a more productive path:
Use whatever project management tool works for you. Get into the habit of record-keeping, note-taking and updating your plan regularly.
With this one we are starting a series of posts aimed to explain how companies from different sectors and users with different profiles –which are listed in the new website section “Who is Doolphy for?” – use Doolphy. We will start talking about how Marketing Agencies (Graphic Design, Advertisement, Social Media) can Plan, Execute and Monitor their projects. To do it, we will make use of thefictitious company, Doolphy Marketing Ltd. and its team leader, Martha –they are completely made up names :-P.
The first thing that Martha has to do is to give a name to the project (SEO Strategy Q4-2011) and decide which users are going to be involved in it: James, Christine, David and Martha herself. In addition, she chooses the start and end dates, and assigns the project to its corresponding customer. All this will help her to keep the information in order, and in the future it will help the team to learn from past experiences thanks to the report generation capabilities that are available in Doolphy.