Category Posts: Project Management

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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Project Management: What? How? Who?

In this blog we have been talking about the importance of project management and the need to have a tool to support it. We have also attempted to explain what project management is, how we implement it and to whom is it addressed. Let’s take a look to what we have learned during this time.

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What is project management?

Wikipedia defines project management as “the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives”. Wow! Quite a responsibility, right? ;-) Read more »

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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Delegation Of Tasks: Don’t Be Afraid, Doolphy Helps You!

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This week we want to tell you about how Doolphy can help you to dispel the myths that exist around task delegation which we have already described in our previous post.

Doolphy tools useful to delegate

Doolphy includes several features which can help you to deal with the main issues that may appear when you delegate tasks:

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Task Delegation: The 9 Myths

A growing responsibility always involves a load of tasks that can surpass the best boss or director capacity of management. That is the reason why knowing how to delegate is a major skill for every manager. However, delegating can make you feel like you’re loosing control of the tasks that are being entrusted to others.

Robin, Batman and Batgirl

Even the best superheros need to delegate

Today we want to talk about the 9 myths that prevent you from delegating and our particular point of view about each one of them:

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Project Management and the Internet: The Future Is Now

Project Management Software DoolphyA few days ago, we celebrated the Internet Day. Surely some of you attended events that took place in several places around the globe.

If we look back and think about how our interaction with technology was in the past, we can realize how much it has changed with time. Now, we have more sophisticated tools and all the news and information is communicated almost instantly thanks to the Internet. We are living a revolution that has affected both our personal and professional lives. Today, we want to discuss this change in the area of project management.

Why this change?

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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.

Project Management Productivity

 

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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Project Manager: The Art Of Management

A few weeks ago, we wrote in the Doolphy Blog about the figure of the project manager. We listed each one of the features that are essential for that role. The conclusion was that management, leadership, communication and organization are skills that have to be necessarily found in any good project manager.

This time, we want to focus on the first one: the management skills. A project manager has to be good in the following tasks:

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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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