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5 steps to choose project management software solutio

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It’s not a great secret that the most of IT companies (why the most? I think all of them) and teams use special software for tracking their projects. The list of benefits of such software for PM is almost endless. But the main value of it is that it makes process of project management more easy and effective, communication inside team transparent and time saving and allow to get accurate reports fast.


The variety of PM software is great and it rather hard to choose the most suitable solution at once. And when it is high time to make decision it’s better to rely on your objective needs then on advertising or marketing tricks of software sellers.


So what to do? The answer is simple - before starting your search you should sit down and set up your main goals. And these 5 steps-guide will help you to do it fast:


1. Determine:


Hosting type - cloud based solution or self-hosted. It’s hard to claim that one is significantly better than another, but when it comes to cost saving, cloud based one is cheaper.


Budget size - you have to decide what amount of money your company ready to spent on the software. And do not forget about ongoing costs, technical support and maintenance costs and etc.


2. List the priorities - initiate collective discussion with your team, figure out their requirements for the system, what options they need and what they desire. After that you need to prioritize all features. You can divide list for two parts: “must have” options and “preferable features”.


3. Count:


- the maximum number of users that need access to software. it’s better not to reduce this number in order to save money and hope that several people will use one login.


- possible number of projects that will be running simultaneously. Not every system supports multiple projects tracking at once.


- and determine the maximum amount of storage place you require. In order to be sure that the system will successfully manage all tasks, it’s better to choose a package with more storage space than you feel you need.  


4. Customize:

Reporting - define and check whether proposed system supports and/or has templates of reporting that might be required by your PMs.


Communications - some solutions propose different communication tools such as emailing or different types of messaging. So not forget to discuss this feature.


Dashboard- choose a solution that allows for the creation of individual and shared dashboards.


Integration - it may be important to integrate your project management software with other applications (for scheduling, budgeting or smth else)


5. Try and buy -  ask your solution’s provider to give you to try a demonstration version of software or arrange trial period ( with limited access and time). Buy only after ensuring that it is really works.



Source: http://www.projectmanagementsoftware.com/

 
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Software developers team extension: local or remote?

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Extension of you tech team, though it is a good sign for company, may easily turn in nightmare. Month or months spending on searching of a right candidate, CVs reviews, endless interviews, skill testing and then reviewing it - it seems like lots of work for everyone - you, your HR department and even your technical leads. And what about senior developers or finding person with specific technology skills, is it easy?

 

If you fegh a sigh at this point, keep reading this article. Of course, I haven’t got a panacea from your «hiring headache», but I can tell you something that might be considered as a good alternative in this issue.

Below I’ll try to cover the topic of hiring remote developers. Can it be really good alternative to local developers? Will it make recruiting process easier? And so on.

But lets start with beginning.

 

 

It’s all about the money.

 

It’s naturally that first and main reason according which companies use the remote developers is saving money. Most of remote developers have lower rates, than local. Especially, if developers are located in Asia or in post soviet countries, such as Ukraine, Belarus, Romania.  Also the use of remoted developers allows to cut off your administrative costs - no workplace needed, no paid vacations, medical insurance and no other related expenses.

 

Your time.

 

Can the use of remote work be timesaving? Definitely, it can. As you are not limited in terms of location, you reduce time for the search process. It’s much more easier and faster to find great candidate from worldwide technical specialist pool, than to find someone good enough nearby. Also remote developers usually can start their work immediately without any delay and work adaptation process.  And if you cooperate with IT staffing company, the process can be even faster: your service provider will take care of all recruiting issues.

 

Risks and fears

 

“I can’t see my developer, so how I can control his work?” - Physical presence is not the main in coordination process. Is watching your developer drinking coffee give your confidence in his skills? If you don’t see the process it doesn’t mean you won’t get the result. In case with remote developers you pay for his work only, no work - no payment. And control process can be easily done by implementing project management system or by regular reports and Skype meetings.

 

“How I can be sure that remote developers will deliver a good quality work?” - idea of cheaper workforce suggests thoughts about bad quality.

The same risk you have when you hire local developer: you can’t be sure that he won’t failed. But the difference between local and remote developer is that refusing from remote one is much more easier.

Some ideas for reducing this risk:

- Cooperate only with reliable developers that have approval of their experience and/or references.

- Fix service delivery terms in contract

- Use services of IT staffing companies - in such case this risk goes under their responsibility.

 

Of course, remote developers can’t substitute your in-house team, but it can be effective option for fast business growing.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this article. I will highly appreciate any comments regarding it.

Author: Oksana Malysheva

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Interview with Daniil – Mobile developer, Developex

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About Daniil:I’m Android/iOS developer at Developex in Kiev. I have joined Developex team over a year ago and so far have had great experience working with them.I graduated Technical University of
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How to choose project management software solution

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Software developers team extension: local or remote?

Software developers team extension: local or remote? | Developex | Scoop.it

Extension of you tech team, though it is a good sign for company, may easily turn in nightmare. Month or months spending on searching of a right candidate, CVs reviews, endless interviews, skill testing and then reviewing it - it seems like lots of work for everyone - you, your HR department and even your technical leads. And what about senior developers or finding person with specific technology skills, is it easy?

 

If you fegh a sigh at this point, keep reading this article. Of course, I haven’t got a panacea from your «hiring headache», but I can tell you something that might be considered as a good alternative in this issue.

Below I’ll try to cover the topic of hiring remote developers. Can it be really good alternative to local developers? Will it make recruiting process easier? And so on.

But lets start with beginning.

 


It’s all about the money.

 

It’s naturally that first and main reason according which companies use the remote developers is saving money. Most of remote developers have lower rates, than local. Especially, if developers are located in Asia or in post soviet countries, such as Ukraine, Belarus, Romania.  Also the use of remoted developers allows to cut off your administrative costs - no workplace needed, no paid vacations, medical insurance and no other related expenses.

 

Your time.

 

Can the use of remote work be timesaving? Definitely, it can. As you are not limited in terms of location, you reduce time for the search process. It’s much more easier and faster to find great candidate from worldwide technical specialist pool, than to find someone good enough nearby. Also remote developers usually can start their work immediately without any delay and work adaptation process.  And if you cooperate with IT staffing company, the process can be even faster: your service provider will take care of all recruiting issues.

 

Risks and fears

 

“I can’t see my developer, so how I can control his work?” - Physical presence is not the main in coordination process. Is watching your developer drinking coffee give your confidence in his skills? If you don’t see the process it doesn’t mean you won’t get the result. In case with remote developers you pay for his work only, no work - no payment. And control process can be easily done by implementing project management system or by regular reports and Skype meetings.

 

“How I can be sure that remote developers will deliver a good quality work?” - idea of cheaper workforce suggests thoughts about bad quality.

The same risk you have when you hire local developer: you can’t be sure that he won’t failed. But the difference between local and remote developer is that refusing from remote one is much more easier.

Some ideas for reducing this risk:

- Cooperate only with reliable developers that have approval of their experience and/or references.

- Fix service delivery terms in contract

- Use services of IT staffing companies - in such case this risk goes under their responsibility.

 

Of course, remote developers can’t substitute your in-house team, but it can be effective option for fast business growing.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this article. I will highly appreciate any comments regarding it.

Author: Oksana Malysheva

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IT Insider International

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Tactics, Talents, Tools research will be based on survey of the 3000 C-level IT professionals involved in software projects management around the world.
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Join IT research regarding project management. 

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