How many balls are you juggling right now? Never mind the things going on in your personal life. I’m talking about work commitments. The day-to-day things that happen in your business to keep clients happy and things running smoothly?
There’s a project deadline looming. You’re not sure what it is, but you know it’s coming. You also know there’s a client meeting in 30 minutes and you find yourself scanning your notes and wondering “has the research been done yet? And if not, who was it assigned to?” If this scenario sounds all too familiar, it may be time to consider using a task management application.
Enter Trello by Fog Creek. Trello is a free task management application that can help individuals, small teams, and even organizations stay on task in a very simplistic way. With over one millions users, Trello has been a “sleeping giant” of sorts for several years and was named in “The 7 Coolest Start-ups You Haven’t Heard of Yet” by Lifehacker in 2011. In a nutshell it’s a way to organize projects, goals, brainstorming sessions, and even product launches in an easy-to-understand horizontal format. In one glance, users are able to see who’s working on what, what’s “done,” and what tasks still need attention. Trello also has the ability to assign tasks to specific people on your team to eliminate the “who’s working on what” questions that can often derail projects. [Read more…]
by Adele Sommers
It’s two weeks before the deadline. But your project is at least six weeks behind! Everyone is sweating bullets. As the project leader, you’re wringing your hands. A volcano of surprises has erupted since the project launched three months ago. And in contrast to everyone’s prognostications, no one foresaw the lava flow of trouble ahead.
Your dilemma: Information that was supposed to be available in Week 2 won’t be known for another month. Parts of the system that were designed to work one way are really working another. A key expert you needed to provide critical details went on extended leave right after the project launch. And that’s just scratching the surface!
So today, that simple-looking undertaking that your crystal ball said should only take four weeks of work beckons from a distant horizon. The funding might soon be cut off. And management will surely panic if it’s not finished for the scheduled unveiling. You can sense disaster looming, yet everyone feels helpless. So, what can you do?