Author Posts: Miguel Fernandez Calero

Why Doolphy Is Not Just Another Online Project Management Application?

Why Doolphy Is Different?As CEO of Doolphy and entrepreneur, I usually have to present our company to start-up specialists, investors and other entrepreneurs in many meetings and forums. I have learnt that there is a recurring question that is of fundamental importance when defending your project: How is your company different to all the other companies that work in your field? And the answer has to be which the competitive advantage that makes your company to stand out from competitors is.

In very competitive environments it is a tough question. In our particular case, there are many applications that can fit within the concept of project management tools. However, it is strikingly easy to differentiate Doolphy from the rest since we have not only one but 2 powerful reasons! Today I would like to share them with you:

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Perfect Project Management (Part II) = Consulting Companies + Doolphy

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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.

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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.

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Collaborative Software Is NOT Project Management Software

Usually the tools included in the collaborative software segment are advertised as project management tools, but most of the time they are not. No doubt some well-known tools are good products that can be very useful for some specific functions, but are not tools for project management, or at least do not cover all the essential requirements. Let’s analyze the reason for this assertion.

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10 Key Points on Choosing a Project Management Tool

When you search for the perfect project management application, you must consider many aspects. The large number of such tools that have appeared in recent years complicates this choice even more. It is a very important decision because the chosen application will have a decisive impact on the smooth development of projects to be undertaken.

The following list shows some indispensable requirements to succeed in choosing the software that best suits your needs:

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How To Improve Team Productivity With Good Organization

When we talk about organizational skills, we refer to those aspects that a project manager should control in relation to the working practices within the team and the support processes that are necessary for the proper execution of a project. These skills have a direct impact on both personal and group productivity since the team becomes more efficient and boosts its motivation.

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A project manager should keep in mind the following points in order to become a good “organizer”:

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The Communication Skills of a Project Manager

Yes, having good communication skills is one of the key abilities of a project manager. However, this fact is frequently overlooked when choosing the ideal candidate for that position. Moreover, it is not emphasized as much as it should in most project management training programs. Thus, many times we find project managers with excellent management and technical skills but which are really not-that-good communicators.

Why is it so important?

First of all, because a good leader should be a great communicator in order to lead and motivate his or her team, as we have discussed before. This is something that not only applies to the members of the team but to all the stakeholders of the project. A project manager has to be aware that all of them have different profiles and interests, and that it requires from him or her a great ability to adapt the message to each one.

 

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How To Measure The Project Return

When you talk about the return of a project, your mind immediately thinks of the economic benefit to be obtained. But return is a broad concept that, depending on the type of project, may include more qualitative and intangible aspects, such as the acquired knowledge, the achieved operational improvements or even the “social return”, derived from those benefits that a project can bring to the environment where it is developed. For instance, that can be especially relevant in solidarity projects like those developed by NGOs within their social function.

However, no doubt that, in many projects, there is an essential explicit goal to achieve profitability. The clearest example that we can find is one in which a project is developed based on a price. This price can be either previously agreed with a client or established as the budget of the project by the organization that is undertaking it.

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Priority, Urgency, Status and Progress of Tasks

A project, contrary to what one might think, is not a simple, lineal sequence of tasks. There are often overlapping tasks within a project or even between different projects. In these cases, it is essential to have clear criteria to help us choosing in which tasks should we focus our efforts in every moment; that is, we need a way to analyze the priority, urgency, status and progress of the different tasks.

Priority and urgency are concepts that sometimes are confused but which are related to very different issues. Urgency –a clearer concept– has to do with the existing time restrictions (ie. the estimated time to fulfill it) and the need to meet deadlines.

On the other hand, priority is a more complex variable but it’s also more important. When setting the priority of each task, different aspects should be taken into account:

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The Project Manager: The Ship’s Captain

Managing a project is like trying to lead a ship to port. It takes a captain capable of weathering storms, keeping the morale of the crew up, being clear about the destination and route to follow and mastering the art of navigation. In short, in a project there must be a true leader and, therefore, leadership is one of the essential capabilities that must be present in a project manager, as indicated in our last post.

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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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