Here’s a great vid from TedX by Jason Fried talking about the problems with work and why it doesn’t happen. Some great points in here…
Here’s a few great cartoons to keep you laughing for the week. If you come across any more, please send them through the comments below.
Can’t make them all happy!…
Love your work!…
Too Many Chefs Spoil the Broth…
As an ex-creative I can totally appreciate this vid. Sometimes things are best left to the designers ;)
We came across this review the other day. It was done completely independently by a company looking for a project management and time tracking solution.
There’s no single solution that fits everyone, but it’s great to see a company do a proper indepth evaluation of some available tools and even better to see where we sit with ours (ProWorkflow).
We did think it was a well balanced report so have a read and see what you think. Feel welcome to try a free ProWorkflow trial account!
Project Management and Time Tracking
Article Republished from: Zenovations Blog
July 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm
The world of Time Tracking and Project Management is a vast one. For small businesses like ours, there are seemingly endless time tracking solutions and a good number of project management answers. I spent nearly two weeks evaluating options in my spare time, so hopefully this data will help save you some time.
Here are the criteria I used to narrow down the possible project management and time tracking solutions:
- Web based application
Our dev’s use various platforms and it needs to run everywhere without install and upgrade headaches, I also considered Air and Flash apps
- Support for 5 users
Because, yanno, we need five people to record time
- Time tracking must include timer with start/stop capabilities
We are multi taskers and like accuracy; we considered products with timer widgets as well
- Feature list and pricing prominent
Excluded all sites with vague details, no screenshots, or “contact us for details and pricing” models, due to sheer volume and time needed to research
- Must have a free trial evaluation
Yanno, so I could evaluate them
- Professional and sharp web site
Attention to detail is critical to good software design and project management, how they run their site should reflect this
After nearly ten hours of research, I narrowed the field to fifteen products. Then I evaluated each product by importing several of our current projects into it and using the time tracking tools for one day. After which I ran reports and recorded my findings in a spreadsheet. The final ratings were on a 1-5 scale, based on usability, project management capabilities, time tracking capabilities, invoicing features, reporting capabilities, and API and integration tools. Here’s what I came up with:
Once I had some numbers to work with, I weighted each product to meet our needs, based on the following criteria:
- Usability: Ease and speed of use is very important to us, as we have little time for project management (x2)
- Time tracking capabilities: highly critical (x5)
- Project management capabilities: highly critical (x5)
- Low price: we want to keep the price under $50 a month, so our value calculation was tweaked accordingly: rating *3 – (price per month/10)
- Invoicing, reports, and so on are nice, of course, but we can make due with our external, existing solutions
So, using this data, here were my findings:
It should be apparent that ProWorkflow is, hands down, the best overall project management software on the market. It’s quality, well thought out, bug free, fast, and powerful.
Skylight was by far the best for our needs, according to price versus quality. The rest of the data is interesting, but several of the products listed had a time tracking or project management rating less than three, which is insufficient for our needs. So the final choices for us were as follows:
- Skylight – use this and put up with the slow, laborious interface; our preference for now
- Basecamp + MyHours/Harvest/Tick – together, these products are a complete package, but pricey
- ProWorkflow – very pricey, but we could bite the bullet on this and get the best quality product on the market.
If you’d like to view or download the complete data, including links to all of the product sites, you can find all the gory details in the Google spreadsheet. You can also view the same data sorted by total quality instead.
Article Republished from: Zenovations Blog
July 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm
We currently have a ProWorkflow Affiliate Program that can pay a fixed fee for a referral to sale and many people are already receiving referral fees for putting Affiliate banners and links on their sites (that convert to sale).
How does it work?
So basically, you would put a link or ad on your website. You tell a customer or friend to click that link/ad to visit our website. From there we track it all so if they sign up for an account we know you referred them.
Click here to read about the specifics of the Affiliate commission structure. The program has built in reporting and notification (shown below) so you can see the traffic you’re sending and what’s converting into a ProWorkflow sale!
How do I signup & get the Ad/Link for my site?
Follow the instructions below to get setup. It’s worth doing to get a kickback for referring people to the ProWorkflow solution. If you get a cheque in the post it’ll help with the office social fund!
Visit the Affiliate Sign Up page and enter your details to become a ProWorkflow affiliate.
Note: There’s an option lower down the form to ‘Refer a Friend’. If you do this you’ll clip the ticket on their commissions!
Visit the Affiliates Area and you’ll see a welcome screen. Look at the links on the top menu. The links are: Reports, Creatives & Settings.
Displays reporting about traffics, clicks, impressions, click-thru ratios etc. The reports also show commission and payment history.
Here you can grab the code for the banners and links that you want to put on your website. Just copy the code!
Your account settings. You can update your address and contact details, payment currency etc.
Click on the ‘Creatives’ link at the top. Here you can access creative material for both banner ads and text links.
To add a Text Link to your website…
Click ‘Text Ads’ then the available text ads will appear below. Click the one you want to add to your website and you’ll be shown the code.
Note: We recommend adding both the Text Link shown below and a banner ad as well. The more the better!
To add a Banner Ad to your website…
Click ‘Banners’ then the available text ads will appear below. Click the one you want to add to your website and you’ll be shown the code.
Add the code to your website and you’ll see the text link or banner ad appear. The link to ProWorkflow includes your Affilate ID. For example:
When people click the text link or banner ad from your website we track the traffic and lead, and if they sign up you receive a commission (in accordance to the terms).
Let me sign up!
Find out more about the ProWorkflow Affiliate Program and sign up today. You could be earning some good dollars from referring leads, or just from the traffic on your website!
Contact us if you have any questions…