Case Study: The Digital Project Manager – Switching from Waterfall to Duration and Price Contracts

The world has changed. Why is this happening? Smartsheet transforms your work. Executive Summary You can transform the way you manage a project by switching from waterfall contracts to ones that are shorter and more expensive. You no longer have to manage hours and timelines. Instead, you can concentrate on communication and completing the most important work for the client. Client satisfaction is higher when you deliver the highest priority work to the client. There is less disagreement about what needs to be delivered contractually. Simply put, Duration and Price contracts place client collaboration before contract negotiation. This leads to […]

Capacity Planning for Every PM: Strategies + Complete How-To

The world has changed. Why is this happening? Smartsheet transforms your work. Imagine that you are a highly skilled project manager. Your project sponsor approaches you with a capacity planning query. Although you are familiar with resource planning or identifying the skills required to support a project’s success, you aren’t sure what this request is. Capacity planning is the process of assessing how much time each team member has available to meet customer needs and then making decisions about how to fill those gaps. Participation in capacity planning, even if project managers don’t have the decision-making authority to make decisions, […]

Can Psychology Make You a Better PM?

Galen Low is joined at Capterra by Olivia Montgomery, a Senior Analyst. She discusses how her combination of PM skills and a background in social sciences allows her to navigate personalities within IT projects. Learn how psychology can help you be a better PM. Interview Highlights Olivia is an IT program manager with extensive experience. She is passionate about combining the worlds of technology and social sciences. With a CSM, a PMP and a Masters in Liberal Arts, she is now a specialist in qualitative research and analytics, project management consulting, and small business technology strategies at Capterra. [1:23] Olivia […]

Can’t Make a Gantt Chart? 10 Best Online Gantt Chart Makers In 2022

Best Gantt Chart Maker Shortlist Here’s our list: JUMP TO REVIEWS ClickUp Best Free Plan for Gantt Chart Maker is the best for customizing capabilities Smartsheet Best for Gantt chart templates Hive Best Gantt chart maker to encourage team collaboration Zoho Projects is the best for automated Gantt charts Miro Best Gantt chart maker, with built-in communication tools GanttPRO Best Gantt Chart Generator for its usability, intuitive UX/UI TeamGantt Best for working alongside external contractors Canva Best for small businesses and teams Software development teams have the best backlog This article will help you quickly compare and assess the […]

Built to Last: How to Create Adaptable Workflows with The Digital Project Manager

Your processes look great on paper. You have communication guidelines, rules about the tools you use, assets location, and how they are shared. These workflows don’t account for all the micro-adjustments that your team has made with each project. You end up with a more complex process than the team has created to manage the work they handle. It is so difficult to create workflows that are both clear and easy to follow, but also flexible enough to adapt to changing work habits. This session is for anyone who has struggled with chaos in your team’s processes. We challenged Dave […]

9 Templates to Maximize TeamGantt’s Zapier Integration

While project plans are essential for getting work done, they’re not the only tool that your team uses every day. TeamGantt spends a lot of time in Slack and Github, Intercom, as well as the entire Google Suite. Although we have centralized most of our project planning, team collaboration, and other tools within our tool, we know that there will always be interconnected tools that can help your team get the job done efficiently. We offer integrations with popular apps like Trello, Slack and Dropbox. And we’re always working on more! To help your team sync your tools, we also […]

9 Simple Ways to Save Your Project From Self-Destruct

It often starts out sweetly. You have a great idea for a project. You find the best people to manage the various resources. You are responsible for overseeing the progress of everyone and delegating tasks. You dream of your customers spending hundreds of dollars on it, so make sure you are ready. As you get deeper into the project, things begin to go sour. You lose control. Hold on to your dear life Many projects start with a great idea and basic knowledge. When you are unable to handle the complexity and problems of the project, things can spiral outof […]

9 Signs that Project Management is Your True Calling

Do you love what your do? Or do you do it to make a living doing what you love. For many years, I was part of the second group. Selling toothpaste, dog food, or pharmaceuticals is something that I don’t feel passionate about. It was a job. It allowed me to live comfortably, so I could enjoy my leisure time after work and pay for my lifestyle. I enjoyed what I did, and I was skilled at it. But I wasn’t passionate about it. Now, I love to write! I can do it anywhere! I meet the most amazing people. […]

9 Leadership Books, Podcasts, and Learning Opportunities to Inspire you

Are you looking for resources that will help you grow as an executive leader? These are our favorites to keep us inspired! Add leadership books to your reading list You’ve probably heard the phrase: Leaders are readers. There are many leadership books available. Here are four books we recommend. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap, and Others Don’t Jim Collins’ book Good to Great dispels many myths that prevent companies from reaching their full potential. Only 11 of the 1,435 great companies that Collins studied over the course 5 years were transformed into great ones. Why? They […]

9 Essential Tips to Manage Remote Teams

This is part 2 in a series on how to get remote. Part 1 can be found here. Many of you have found yourself in remote work situations over the past few days. There are many resources available to help you maximize your productivity while working remotely, but not much for managers who need to adapt to this new environment. Management of your team remotely is a challenge. TeamGantt has been working remotely since the beginning. We have some tips to offer. We wanted to hear what other remote-first businesses had to say. We reached out to the top remote […]