As an entrepreneur and business owner for the last 18 years, I remember well what the start-up phase is like; you wear every hat under the sun – from receptionist to doorbell-ringing salesman to production manager to accountant (if you call personally sending out homemade invoices every month being an accountant!).
Fast forward many years down the line, and I now have a large team spread across the country and my challenges are immensely different to when we were in start-up phase. For one, my team works remotely, and I need to know whether they are productive or not. The challenge of monitoring productivity while still running and growing the business, all the while constantly avoiding the trap of slipping into micro-management, has lead me to these findings.
Get the right software to help your team track orders, projects, inventory and invoices. Try and avoid multiple data capturing points as this can increase errors and be an unnecessary burden on your admin staff. Look for a single system that
Even experienced travelers can become jet-lagged, bleary-eyed and disoriented when venturing into unfamiliar territory. To minimize travel anxiety, you can turn to apps that help you plot your journey.
There now are travel apps for practically every conceivable purpose. Hypochondriacs headed to a new environment can take comfort in sick weather, which alerts you — in real time — if you are entering an area known to pose high risk of contagious diseases. For the nervous flier, there’s Am I Going Down? (for iOS and Android), which calculates the probability of a crash on your particular flight. And for the solo traveller, there’s React Mobile, which allows you to share your location with contacts if you feel unsafe.
Working on the go
Taskmasters favor Asana, which acts as a space for team members to discuss projects, delegate responsibilities and create to-do lists.
Something has changed. This change has occurred so gradually that we may be having trouble noticing the shift. This change is that working from home has become – just – working. We are at a point where we can drop the “from home” descriptor that follows “working” – just as we are dropping the “digital” before “camera.” (Or “smart” before “phone”). At a time in the not so distant past the default place of work was the office. The assumption was that paid employment would take place at a place other than home. Working at home was an alternative.
Today, platforms such as Slack and Yammer blur the lines between asynchronous and synchronous communications. Our collaborative work takes place in Google Docs. We use Asana and Basecamp to track projects and assign tasks. Without us really noticing, the technology for distributed collaboration just got much better.
In addition to great features included with Bridge24, it also provides a way to work with Asana and Basecamp in another language other than English. Connect to these applications and view and interact with your information in an interface in your native French or Spanish. Features to edit tasks and to-dos, as well as produce reports and export to Excel are included.
Below is an Asana account connected to Bridge24. All menu items in the left panel, column headers, pop-up dialogue labels and notifications are provided in French and Spanish. Since much of the functionality to update tasks is possible within Bridge24, use this interface to work with your data from Asana or Basecamp. (Also supported for AceProject and Trello)
To select the language of the interface, click on your profile image on the top right of the application, and change the language setting. The following is Bridge24 connected with an Asana account with the French language setting:
3 Reasons Asana is the Right Choice to Manage IT Projects
Asana is my choice for managing IT projects. I’ve managed big IT projects for large government agencies and financial institutions. Indeed, I wish Asana had been available to use on those projects. However, I was stuck using MS Project. That’s a nightmare I don’t wish to experience again. I’ve used Asana to manage projects since then.
Asana and other Software Every Marketing Grad Should Know
I’ve met plenty of people in the marketing space, new and experienced alike, that don’t have experience in or knowledge of even some of the most basic tools. In fact, I’ve met people that have never used a CMS.
If you’re a fresh graduate in particular, I really think there is no excuse for not having sampled at least some of the commonly used and freely available marketing tools on the market. In your career, it’s
To track or not to track? Employee monitoring possible with Asana
It can also be useful to track different kinds of output data, like the number of words you write, if you’re a writer, or your number of Github commits, if you’re a coder (which Exist also collects). Tools like Word Counter, Asana, Trello, Zapier, IFTTT, Gyroscope and RescueTime can work in concert to arm employees with information about how they’re working.
If so inclined, you can use this kind of data to help manage yourself and understand what works for you. But, as with any kind of data collection, it’s going to have its limitations, the number of words you write, or emails you send are easy to measure—but they might not actually be important. Quality can be hard to quantify.
Popular Email Client Newton Now Connects with Asana
Popular email client Cloud Magic is now Newton. Cloud Magic was already a clean, fast, reliable way to navigate and triage email. With a reliable push notification system, and versions for both iOS and Mac, Newton had developed into a mature ecosystem. Now that they have built their app into a huge success, the creators of Newton felt that it was time for the next stage of development.
Among its plethora of power features, it has connected apps that allows users to finish their workflow without leaving their email. They can add important emails to their favorite productivity apps like Todoist, Evernote, OneNote, Pocket, Trello, Zendesk, Salesforce and Asana.
A Kanban board is a visual representation of tasks and workflow, making your operational experience that much easier by centralizing information. Bridge24 has released its first iteration of this valuable tool. Now users of Asana, Basecamp, Trello , and AceProject can visually change the state of their tasks by dragging from one list to another. The list represents the status, or process step (workflow). In an instant, a user can see work to be started, that which is in progress and completed.
We know Trello already has a light Kanban-style board, but we offer some behaviors not present in Trello. For example, you get the card count for each list, a list can be collapsed to free up your screen, and a lot more.
Sometimes there are many lists and your screen fills up very rapidly. Scrolling to get access to the last column is sometimes tedious and sometimes not all columns are required to be viewed, since perhaps only a few
Basecamp recently announced a feature that helps users express themselves more. The new Profile Cards allow people to express their status with a little personality. Busy people usually want to describe what they are currently working on. Sometimes, they want to announce to the rest of the team they are out of the office. The web-based PM tool now has a creative way in providing this information. Also, the latest API is now available for interested third-party integrators. If you need a great extension to Basecamp, we recommend you use our own tool Bridge24 for Basecamp
Unexpected Job Titles
The team at Basecamp noticed an interesting trend since last year. Apparently, the Job title field is being used in a more creative way. The field is supposed to contain information that describes a member’s official position or responsibility. For instance, a member’s Job title could be iOS Designer or Customer Support Manager. Instead, users put in more colorful descriptions such as Respectable Citizen or Quiet Optimist. Moreover, some are
Asana is helping Organization Administrators as it announced new security features. Admins can now enforce stronger password requirements for members. Apparently, poor or weak passwords are the cause of two out of three data breaches. This is according to a recent report that investigated business data breaches. Moreover, Admins can now force a company-wide password reset in case of emergency or to further ensure security. These new features are available to organization admins in Premium accounts.
New Password Strength Controls
Asana is providing its users more options for their password standards. Admins can set an organization’s standard to “simple”. Accordingly, this will require users to create passwords that are 6 characters long. “Strong” passwords should be at least 8 characters from at least 3 of the following types:
Furthermore, users can choose to log in via Google SSO or via SAML, if the organization has its own system to manage identities of its members.