Sometimes the hardest part of being a leader is getting your team on the same page. The only way a project can get finished is if you create open, transparent communication in the workplace and encourage a creative environment where projects can be completed in a timely manner but with the highest quality possible. Technology allows us to better manage important projects using software, something that has become a game changer in the workplace. How can you properly implement this type of software into your company? Follow these steps to get started.
Do your research
If you’re going to invest in project management software for the whole organization, start by doing your research to see what software meets all of your needs. Does your company use programs like Slack and Evernote to communicate and take notes? Consider a project management software like Teamweek that is integrated with these programs to help get even better use out of them. Teamweek is free for up to five users, but do you have a large team that needs to collaborate and a low budget? These are all things to think about when picking the program that’s right for you. Consider price, number of users, and important components before you commit to a purchase. If you’re not sure about a program, see if there’s a free trial or a money-back guarantee.
Before integrating project management software into your organization, you need to collaborate with your team and make sure it works for everyone’s unique needs. Get input from your team and see what project management software they have used at other companies and discuss some of the positives and drawbacks of those programs. An employee may have used a program like Qube when listing condos for sale in CT, but this type of software works with real estate and not other industries. Make sure the one you chose works well for your particular industry and has a record of success. When you decide on a software to move forward with, take it for a test drive with your employees and see if it does what it’s supposed to do – saving them time communication and organizing.
Train your team
You’ve chosen the right software for your company, but now you need to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. A lot of companies that use project management software do not properly train their employees on all the benefits and ways it can be used. This is this a waste of money and resources. You want to invest in a flexible software that allows your employees to work in a way that’s productive to them. If the program only allows them to project manage in a way that is unnatural for them, your employees will have a more difficult time integrating. Make sure your team understands all the useful features, chose one that is flexible and easy to use with other tools your team might need, and allow your team to have input in the final decision of whether this is a program that the entire group wants to stick with or not.