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10 tips to get the most out of your project management system

Jennifer Lonoff Schiff | May 20, 2015
Project management pros share their top tips for getting workers to use project management software more efficiently and effectively – from entering project updates to leveraging more advanced features.

9. Use your PM system to keep track of costs and productivity. "If the software you're using provides it, utilize built-in, real-time information and reports like status and margins," says Ray Grainger, founder & CEO, Mavenlink, a provider of online project management software. "Knowing how these metrics are tracking as you progress in a project makes it easy to make adjustments on the fly, and ensure profitable and on-time delivery."

10. Don't be afraid to ask for help. "Get tips on best practices or find out how other companies are using the same features by getting in touch with a support or success expert at your software vendor's company," Grainger says. "Many companies have dedicated teams built to help their customers use their product to its full potential. These teams often offer beneficial one-on-one training and incredible insight on how others are getting the most from the app."

You can also hire a third-party consultant who specializes in helping companies in your industry or niche customize the project management software.

 

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