Author Posts: Rosa Alnasser

Project Management & Time Tracking, A Perfect Marriage?

“A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life” (Charles Darwin)

Today we want to bring out a discussion about a valuable resource than, more often than not, we want to multiply or stop: time.

The evolution of technology has brought us new ways to find out how we’re distributing time, especially at the workplace, and project management is a particular case where this effect is noticeable. When we are immersed in the execution of a project it is very important to know how much time we are spending on it. But, why? We want to show you 4 benefits that arise from the use of time-tracking tools in your project management for both those of you who occupy the position of project manager and the rest of members of the project:

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What are reports in Doolphy for?

Some time ago, we wrote about the importance of monitoring project development, and reports are essential to fulfill that mission. They provide information about a certain period of time so that we can easily analyze, draw conclusions and make decisions about our projects. Thus they are a key element that allows us to improve.

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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part II)

Hello everybody!

We bring back the subject that we started last week and we continue talking about the project management methodologies. If a few days ago, we wrote about their origin and characteristics of predictive methodologies, now it is the turn of the agile methodologies that were born to address weaknesses identified in the predictive techniques.

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Project Management Methodologies. Which One Should I Use? (Part I)

Hello everybody!

For this last post in September, we want to pick up the thread of posts about the 6 key reasons for the failure in project management. In the next two posts, we are going to take a look to project management methodologies and try to answer the questions that someone may encounter when dealing with this subject.

What methProject Management Methodologiesodologies are there? What are the differences among them? Which one is the most suitable for me?

Rationale behind the project management methodologies

Let’s define a project as the set of linked activities that have a common goal which has to be achieved in a predefined time span and with a particular set of resources. There are 3 key elements in the development of these activities: people, processes and tools/technologies. And therefore, the first step to take is to organize them so that they are completely coordinated.

Project management methodologies started to be defined in a formal way by the US army during the 50s. The goal was to reduce the number of projects that became out of hand and to solve some common problems that appear in most projects:

  • The load of work that is planned is too low or too high.
  • Costs surpass the project budget.
  • The final result doesn’t have the expected quality or value.

In general, project management can be predictive or agile, and as in any other subject, there are supporters of one and the other.

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6 Key Factors of Failure Projects

Hi!

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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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 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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Doolphylights (III): Profitability Through Financial Reports

Project profitability is a very serious matter that worries us all. We have talked about it before in some posts like, for example, “Increase the profitability of your projects in 6 Steps” or “How To measure the project return“.

Every project needs a research about its viability and profitability and Doolphy won’t forget it, and that’s why it provides financial reports to you.

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How to Motivate Your Team?

Motivation

Leaders who are concerned about their teams have wondered about this issue at length. There isn’t any magic way to achieve it but there are some pieces of advice that you can take into account in order to accomplish this goal.

 

But first a word of caution, It is essential for you to know your team before you can adopt measures for making them happy in their jobs and make them enjoy their tasks.

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