Jose Maria Delos Santos

About Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert in the project management field. He has gained vast knowledge by having written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

New Features, More Updates in Asana September and October 2019 Release

Asana is an online platform for managing work, projects, and tasks. Teams are able to organize their work using a single platform to plan projects, prioritize tasks, and share details with the rest. It is now easier to track the status and progress of work and meet deadlines. The Asana team was very busy these past two months to provide its users with more tools and improvements. For a powerful reporting and exporting tool for Asana, give our own tool Bridge24 for Asana a try.

Free Templates for All

Early in 2019, Asana launched a new Templates Gallery where users can select from ready-made templates for a particular team. Previously, users in the free plan can only access about 4 templates from the Gallery. Most of the templates are available only to Premium, Business and Enterprise users. This September, templates have become available to everyone, regardless of your plan type. So, templates for an event promotion plan for marketing, daily standup meetings for design teams, or bug tracking […]

By |2019-11-07T08:57:17-05:00November 7th, 2019|

Asana Rolls Out Voice Recognition for iOS and Rules Features

Asana project management software makes it easier for people to be more productive. Every feature can be used to simplify or streamline processes that require more time and effort. Teams are able to communicate and collaborate more effectively. So, work proceeds more smoothly and accurately, allowing team members to do it right the first time. These past weeks, they released new exciting features. They are rolling out a new voice recognition for iOS and a Rules feature for automation. For a powerful reporting and exporting tool for Asana, give our own tool Bridge24 for Asana a try.

Introducing Voice Recognition for iOS

In the last week of September, Asana announced a new voice recognition feature available for the iOS platform. Users can now create a task by recording a voice message. When you use its mobile app, you will see a microphone icon together with the other Asana icons (calendar, image, paperclip, etc.). You can make a dictation, and the VR feature will transcribe it and save it […]

By |2019-10-15T09:52:24-05:00October 15th, 2019|

Asana Enhancements, New Courses on July and August 2019 Release

Asana work management platform is helping teams around the world to become more efficient and effective. With the right tools, people are completing their tasks in less time. More importantly, they are able to take more work, produce quality output, and feel good about their contribution. This July and August 2019, Asana released enhancements to its Workload feature, now more powerful with effort and capacity functionality. Also, new features and improvements to existing ones, as well as two new marketing courses now available complete the latest release. For a powerful reporting and exporting tool for Asana, give our own tool Bridge24 for Asana a try.

Workload Enhancements

Workload is a new resource management feature in Asana that was introduced in early June of this year. It is a feature available to Business and Enterprise plan customers. With Workload, users get to see a visual snapshot of their team’s capacity, all from a single view. With the latest release, users can now gauge workload more accurately not just with […]

By |2019-10-11T09:35:08-05:00October 3rd, 2019|

Is Remote Work Going to Replace The 9-to-5 Workday?

As early as 2015, some business experts have already made the prognosis: the 9-to-5 workday is already dying. The 8-hour workday, 5 days a week, or the 40-hour workweek, was born in the 1940s. So, it seems that the life of this 80-something year-old schedule is now at its end. Or is it?

Times are changing

The 40-hour workweek law was passed as a means to address extreme working hours demanded by employers to their employees. It worked for a time, especially in the manufacturing age, where people need to work together in shifts. However, between then and now, a lot has changed.

Work surveys have showed that today, there are more working mothers than in the previous decades. More than 60 percent of families today have both parents working, and many of them have young children. In fact, 70 percent of remote workers today are between the ages of 25 and 44.

Also, technology has advanced tremendously, such that it is now easier to do work outside the traditional office setting. […]

By |2019-09-16T10:35:40-05:00September 13th, 2019|

Use Trello Custom Fields to Optimize Your Workflow

Trello visual project management software enables millions of users to stay on top of their daily tasks and major projects with a simple but capable tool. With a system of online boards, lists, and cards, many individuals, teams, or even whole companies are able to organize, prioritize, and visualize work, as it moves from ideation to completion. It is a flexible tool, easy to use, and has a free version.

From the start, Trello has maintained its core function as an organizational and workflow management application. To add features and functionality, it has integrations and Power-Ups. Integrations allow Trello to work with other applications, while Power-Ups bring in features of other software inside Trello.

For example, Trello integrates with Gmail with an add-on, so that users can add cards without leaving their inbox. Trello also has a Custom Fields Power-Up. A custom field in general is a user-defined data field that can be added for various purposes. The Custom Fields Power-Up developed by Trello allows users to add custom […]

By |2019-08-20T08:51:45-05:00August 20th, 2019|

Bridge24 Launches Trello Chart Suite Chrome Extension

Bridge24 is an innovative application that enables users to manage their projects, tasks, and reports much more easily. It enhances the reporting and exporting capabilities of online project management tools such as Trello, Asana, Basecamp, and AceProject. Recently, it launched another free Chrome extension, the Trello Chart Suite Chrome Extension. When added to Chrome, Trello users will be able to create charts in one click. This nifty reporting tool helps them understand better and quickly the distribution of cards. Similarly, they now have instant access to useful information in a visual form.

Features and Benefits

Trello Chart Suite uses the same reporting engine that runs under the hood of Bridge24. It is the same program that creates interactive charts from Trello data, as well as other project management tools that it connects dynamically with. Users on Chrome browser can generate a horizontal bar chart from their current Trello board, with counts per list, in one easy click of a button. Thus, they are able to see, not only […]

By |2019-08-14T10:33:41-05:00August 14th, 2019|

Asana Introduces New Features in June 2019 Release

Asana is an online project management software for teams. As companies deal with a more fast-paced disruptive business landscape, teams are in need of better tools to help them achieve their projects and objectives. They need tools that are intuitive, effective, and insightful, so that they can spend more time on their real work. This June 2019, Asana introduced several new features, such as Workload to view team capacity, a new Admin Console for managing accounts better, a new course for marketers, and more. For a powerful reporting and exporting tool for Asana, give our own tool Bridge24 for Asana a try.

Workload – View Your Team’s Capacity

Asana provides the right tools to people, so they can propel their projects and their organizations to success. By the same token, it recently launched Workload that allows Business and Enterprise users to have a centralized view of their team’s capacity. Through a visual capacity trendline, it gives them an overview of how each member is assigned across projects. Based […]

By |2019-08-06T13:31:37-05:00August 6th, 2019|

The Importance of Reporting in Project Management

Reports are essential tools in business. They play a crucial role in the startup, ongoing, growth, expansion, and even survival stages of a company. Through business reports, companies are able to document their progress over time. Reports also help build an audit trail of the past. These documents can become necessary when going to financial institutions or when seeking investors. Corporations produce annual reports for their stakeholders and for government agencies to comply with legal obligations. Reports are also helpful in decision making, whether making a substantial purchase, planning for expansion, or deciding to sell the business.

Project Reporting

As businesses become more project-centric, the idea behind reporting is likewise followed and expected during project management. Project reporting is the act of producing formal and informal reports to communicate the status of the project. Reporting is usually done at regular intervals throughout the project. Stakeholders, sponsors and the project team agree on the frequency of the reporting. in general, project reporting helps manage the expectations of stakeholders. It also provide […]

By |2019-10-15T14:53:33-05:00July 31st, 2019|

Common Project Management Mistakes, Their Implications, and Solutions

According to a 2019 Project Management Institute survey, organizations lost about 12 percent of their total project investments because of poor performance. Unfortunately, this value has not gone down for the past 5 years. Even though more companies are using standardized project management practices, a significant amount of their efforts continue to go to waste. One probable reason is that the business landscape is changing too fast brought on by advances in technology and disruptions. Keeping pace is becoming very challenging. Another reason is that project teams are committing the same mistakes over and over again.

Common PM Mistakes

Although projects are usually different from one another, the issues that affect them are quite similar. Here are some of the common project management mistakes that are the usual suspects for its failure.

1. Poor project initiation

The PMBOK identifies 5 project management phases or lifecycles. The first one is the project initiation phase. Most experts believe that it is the most crucial among the phases. A common mistake that usually happens here […]

By |2019-07-26T10:03:52-05:00July 26th, 2019|

Basecamp 2 or Basecamp 3: Do You Need To Switch?

Basecamp 3 now supported by Bridge24Basecamp online project management and team communication software is one of the pioneers in cloud productivity tools. The company 37signals started in 1999 as a web design company. To manage their projects, they developed Basecamp as an internal project management tool. In 2004, they shifted to web applications development and offered Basecamp to the public. Basecamp 2 was released in 2012, and the original Basecamp became Basecamp Classic. In 2014, Basecamp 3 was released. Also, the company renamed itself to Basecamp.

Basecamp 2

When Basecamp 2 was released, it offered a new interface, a discussion board, and several collaboration features. It enables people to be more organized and work better together towards a common goal. The PM tool keeps all project communication in one place and offers a better alternative than email for collaboration. Users are able to send status reports to their teammates. Also, they are able to manage multiple projects at the same time. Today, Basecamp 2 is still supported and secure. […]

By |2019-07-25T10:03:36-05:00July 25th, 2019|