“Email is a random task list, imposed by others, regardless of your schedule.” With just this brief comment, Antonio Carlos Soares, CEO of Runrun.it, makes it clear why companies around the world are replacing email with management software. There are several examples: the French IT giant Atos banned email from use by its more than 76,000 employees in 52 countries and adopted an online collaboration tool.
Strategic management and Innovation
Have you ever wandered what it was like to juggle 50 items and conduct an orchestra at the same time? Well, being a project manager is just that. There are so many things flying around all at once, which make staying on top of everything a hassle at times.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford. Teams are everywhere in management, in the top of high-level international enterprises, and in the startup of a mom and pop store. They are essential to any project. Whether it be winning the Super Bowl, or meeting that tight deadline, without great team collaboration getting the best results is impossible.
Organization has been one of the key factors in business successes for millennia; this is why subjects such as business process management made their way into various college class curriculum. And well thought out, strategic workflows are being placed into companies growing from very small to large. But the journey into productivity never ends! The next step in this never-ending search for optimum organization is the workflow app.
By nature, humans have always gone down the path of least resistance. We’ve all felt the looming cloud around us saying “stop procrastinating“, and yet, we give into its will so easily, thinking to ourselves ‘’I have time to do that another day’’ Nowadays distractions are louder, and easier to access than ever.
William Ellery Channing said, “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” Conflict rears its head all the time, and how it is managed can save, destroy, or even enrich relationships whether personal or professional. We’ve all had conflict in the workplace before and it caused us to have negative outlooks on our co-workers, managers, or even place of employment. Conflict management is the practice of reading problems amongst co-workers in a balanced way through effective communication and creative problem solving.
Companies, big and small, are always on the search for ways to get their businesses into metaphorical Olympic swimmer shape. A lot of blog gurus talk about getting your business to be the most productive it can be through hacks, tips, advice, stretching your legs every ten minutes… we’ve all read the posts. Today let’s go back to the textbooks and talk about one of the original hacks, the business process management (BPM).
Through our lives both professionally and personal we constantly run into little hiccups that we did not see coming. Maybe you put off paying those toll tickets and years later, you get a letter in the mail for over a thousand dollars! Yikes! Alternatively, lets take a look at the IBM Mega Disaster when in 2007 they estimated they could come up with an application for Queensland’s health department to be complete by 2008 for 6 million dollars. But due to unforeseen problems the project ended up taking several years and costing 1.2 billion dollars. An enormous strike to the Queensland. This headache could have all been avoided had Queensland asked themselves What is risk management? before jumping into such a large project hole with IBM.
As time goes by and technological capabilities increase, the way we work and exchange information change. In the past to get information for one place to another, many more steps were needed to even begin. All documents and reports needed to be tediously created by hand, delivered by hand, discussed face to face, and presented in front of a physical crowd. Each time managers sent employees out to work in other states or even countries a certain amount of uncertainty was involved because at times the manager wasn’t even sure what to expect, much less the team member. It’s not easy to manage virtual teams, you know?