Selecting A Project Management Software Solution
Six months ago Derek and I set out to
change the world find a new project management solution for our creative agency. Little did we know a seemingly simple task would turn into a labor of love.
For years, the NJI team used the Basecamp Classic project management software. It fit our needs perfectly; but like anything else in an industry that evolves quickly, our needs changed.
In order to figure out what our needs were, Derek conducted a thorough series of internal stakeholder meetings. Similar to what we do with our clients during the Discovery phase of a project, Derek sat down with members of the NJI team (not this guy) and asked them questions about workflow, time-tracking, communicating with team members and other needs as it related improved project management.
After the stakeholder interviews, our list of possible solutions was boiled down to four.
The Proposed Solutions
--Organize projects by client
--Clean, intuitive design and layout
--Organize projects by tasks & task lists
--New comments and messages
--Easily exportable to other formats
--Keeps team members informed of announcements
--Advanced reporting feature
--Drag-drop reordering of tasks and lists
--Ability to export data
After testing each solution, conducting multiple meetings with division directors to present our findings, we decided that wasn't enough. We needed a spreadsheet to help us visualize our needs.
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We didn't put the spreadsheet together with the thought of ever sharing it, but quickly realized it might serve as a useful tool for other agencies looking for new project management solutions - plus, sharing is caring.
In the end, we chose Teamwork - and we're thrilled with our choice. Not only does Teamwork all of our needs, but it’s a very nimble solution that makes us even better at our jobs. Teamwork is intuitive, easy to use and perfect for our agency. It also has advanced time-tracking built into the app and allows users to generate helpful reports that allow us to better predict production needs.
If you or your firm is looking for a project management solution, give us a buzz; we’d love to chat with you.