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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s why, we have released some new improvements in the “Settings” section, which has now been split into two new sections: “My Settings” and “Account”.
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.
Today, we are especially happy! The reason behind this post is that we’re celebrating a special birthday. It was 7 years ago when a group of entrepreneurs decided to gather together, create a team and start giving life to the Doolphy project.
Some people may think that that was not the best time to launch an innovative project but, as an African proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. No doubt, it was the best time
All Doolphy followers know that during this time we have released many new features, and also we have achieved most of our goals. In 7 years we have been able to form a large Doolphy user community that grows day after day.