Mission Control's latest release, v1.61, has just dropped. Some of the really handy new features include Start Date + Working Days, Dependency Notifications as well as a raft of enhancements across Timesheets, Scheduler, Whiteboard and Role Utilization.
There are many different ways to improve business processes, and you may have heard of Six Sigma methodology as one of them. We unpack what exactly it is & how your business can benefit from this methodology.
In this article, we explore what billable utilization is and how to calculate it, what an ideal utilization rate is and how you calculate it, and how to use Professional Services Automation to measure your billable utilization.
In this article we explore some of the Project Management trends we're seeing emerge in the initial months of 2022; new methodologies, new structures, new rhythms and new analytics tools that are changing the game.
We’ve just launched the v1.60 update of Mission Control! In one of our most comprehensive updates, ever, we have a new game changing Resource Forecasting feature, Kanban Checklist feature, a new Billing Generator feature and Auto-Generation enhancements.
In our latest article we’ve put together the key information you need to more effectively manage your resources, including: What resource allocation and utilization are, how the two impact your business, best practices to improve resource utilization, and the best technology to use.
In this article we take a look at the data consolidation, visibility and consistency benefits you receive when choosing a Project Management or Professional Services Automation Tool that's built natively on Salesforce CRM.
In this guide, we’ll help you understand what a Kanban board is, discuss key features, explain the value of this project management method, and most importantly, help you understand how and when to use it for your organization.
We’ve developed a guide to help you navigate change around platform, process or digital transformation. We share some methodologies, some approaches and some tools that you can use to smooth the transition.
Mission Control has been selected as one of the leading solutions to be part of Salesforce’s new Test Drive Collection pages on AppExchange. Collection pages on AppExchange help Salesforce customers better navigate marketplace by use-case, industry and more.
What does our pipeline look like? Can we fulfill new sales wins with our current resources? What percentage of our time was billable last month? Are we making a profit? These are all common questions in professional services. We answer these questions and many more as we take a look at why and how good PSA software can transform your business.
Arguably one of the most important metrics of any commercial project is its financial performance. But in order to deliver successfully on this, a Project Manager needs both clear visibility and an understanding of the numbers to positively influence a project’s roll-out. In this article, we run through how to set-up and manage a project for financial success. And spoiler alert, it starts long before the project does.
The Meeting Manager feature in Mission Control is truly a game changer for any business that relies on meeting time to move projects forward. It is an essential component of progress tracking and maximizing efficient workflow.
Love it or hate it, the trusty Gantt Chart is synonymous with Project Management. When used effectively, Gantt charts should underpin and ultimately drive a project’s successful delivery. So, it’s pretty imperative to build a solid Gantt chart from the offset. In this article, we take you through some of the key factors to consider to ensure your Gantt chart delivers every time.
We’ve got some amazing new Mission Control features and exciting new enhancements included in our latest release! Our latest version 1.59 was released on the Salesforce AppExchange last Friday 10th September and we’ve made a number of enhancements to various features, making it even more accessible, engaging and useful for our customers.
Good project managers know that the key to a successful project starts with a good framework.
Using a well-established project management methodology helps project leaders plan, optimize and implement various stages of a project with more efficiency.
Today, we’re talking about Stage Gate - a widely used project management process that can be a great, fuss-free fit for almost any kind of project. It is most commonly used for new product development or launching software, websites and apps.
When time is money, it’s imperative you understand how that time is being used, especially in industries like Professional Services. But not all time tracking is created equal. Recording time after the work has been done is a good place to start but there’s a whole host of ways time tracking can be used for ongoing business improvement. In this article, we explore some of the potential benefits that effective time tracking can bring to an organization.
The way in which we approach and manage our project resources can make all the difference to our teams, our business and our clients. In this article we explore how smarter resource planning can support long term and sustainable project management.
If only you had more hours in the days….or more dedicated project resource, right?! These are common issues when running a project. But increasing a project’s output shouldn’t always be about working longer or working harder, but instead working smarter.
We’ve got some amazing new Mission Control features and exciting new enhancements included in our latest release! Our latest version 1.58 was released on the Salesforce AppExchange last Saturday 12 June and we’ve made a number of enhancements to various features, making it even more accessible, engaging and useful for our customers.
The last 12 months has fast tracked the use of software systems for project management into a global reality for many and to align with our growth we’re delighted to announce the expansion of our team with the appointment of James Strahan.
What’s better than one fully comprehensive, tried and tested Project Plan? Two of them! With Mission Control’s Project Generation tool there’s no need to reinvent the wheel when it’s time to start a new project.
As much as we love project management, it doesn’t come without its pitfalls. Risks and issues are often project specific whereas pitfalls are those common hinderances that keep popping up across projects and across industries.
Running a project involves some risk factors: Will something impact the delivery date? What components could make a project go over budget? Will every part of the project meet stakeholder expectations?
Ever feel like a project’s time and resources are running away from you? No matter how well organised you start out on a project, things change. And with Agile project methodology increasing in popularity, they’re supposed to.
If your 2021 business plan clearly outlines goals for growth, is everything already in place to effectively support it? It’s easy to look at the bigger picture and be motivated by numbers and targets but if the business infrastructure isn’t set-up to support them, business growth and increased revenue on paper might not mean an increase in profitability in reality.
As a Project Manager, there’s undeniably a lot of balls to juggle at any one time. And whilst there are many options available on how to ensure you don’t drop any of them (like spreadsheets, schedules or even your trusty grey matter) a Gantt Chart provides a perfect solution.
One thing is certain as a Project Manager and that’s that the industry is constantly moving and evolving, which means so is the role, its function and wider perceptions within organizations and beyond.
What a way to start a new year with a new release of our Mission Control project management software, native to the Salesforce platform! Our latest version 1.56 was released on the Salesforce AppExchange last Friday 15 January and we’ve made a number of enhancements to various features, making it even more accessible, engaging and useful for our customers.
We all love it when a plan comes together…but what if it doesn’t? Or if there’s an obstacle or two along the way that puts your project off track? 2020 is the perfect example! With Baseline Tracking, it’s all part of the process.
When the need for project management software is first identified within an organization, it can seem such an obvious and compelling solution. Making the decision to engage and roll that software out, however, is rarely that simple. A range of stakeholders, influencers and decision makers need to be brought in and sold on how this software will revolutionise the business.
Ah, the humble ‘to-do’ list: A daily ritual for many; some starting the day with a strong coffee, favourite pen and a trusty notebook, others opting for a typed list, working out priorities for the day. But what if your daily ‘to-do’ list at work was delivered to your inbox each morning?
“I know just the person for the job.” What a great place to land; when a project or task presents itself and you have just the person in mind for it. Even better if they’re available and raring to go. Yet working in larger organisations or part of a wider project team means you might not always know everyone’s skillset and previous experience prior to a project commencing.
As 2020 has fast tracked the use of software systems for project management into a global reality for many, we’re delighted to announce the expansion of our team and the appointment of our newest team member, Trevor Doornbos.
We hear from businesses everyday that still manage their projects on Excel spreadsheets. Is this a problem? Not if you truly believe that it is the most effective way to keep control of your project. Our entire team has a long history of strong relationships with the humble Excel spreadsheet.
2020 has provided business with invaluable insight into the realities of working from home and what that means for the future. Some of the bigger players have provided options for employees to continue to work from home until we’ve seen out the current pandemic and potentially even further.
Our customers know by now that three times a year we get a tad over excited when it is new release time, particularly when we have new awesome features to introduce. This release is no exception and we want to show you how you can make the most of our new features to improve business performance.
Transparency has become a business buzzword. Everything we read is about how important it is to be transparent as a business, be open and honest about all operations as well as communicate and share what is going on behind the scenes and let your customers in.
Let’s talk resourcing. In our experience it is one of the biggest challenges for professional service businesses, as you attempt to work out capacity vs amount of work and who is available vs has the right skills to do the job!
The last couple of years has seen a shift within the project management industry and this was well reflected within KPMG’s research. Predominately driven by changes in business operations, this shift includes a demand to be more disruptive and an ability to successfully navigate rapidly changing landscapes.
The world of project management is expanding as more businesses realise its importance to enact real change and innovation. Dubbed ‘The Project Economy’ by the Project Management Institute, we are now in a time where businesses are fundamentally shifting the way they operate, where projects no longer sit adjacent to operations but are the main way problems get solved and businesses innovate.
We’ve seen the immediate affect of COVID-19 on the business world, from the small shop front that has had to create basic online or phone systems for ordering products, through to larger enterprises that hadn’t quite got around to cloud-based applications scrambling to adapt.
We’ve been through quite a few iterations and improvements of Mission Control since our last ‘What’s New’ blog post. We always issue detailed release notes and webinars for each of the three annual releases of the software to our community.
Professional services businesses operate across the board in almost any industry you care to name, and they generate revenue by selling time. So, it’s critical that, if you’re a professional services organisation, you can keep track of your billable time, business efficiency –
Are you running multiple projects with many individual tasks? How do you manage visibility of all those tasks? If you’re like many businesses, you’ll have a team of ‘spreadsheet ninjas’ whose job it is to keep track of tasks and the status of each task.
If you’ve ever run a complex project with multiple steps and people, you’ll know it’s tricky to keep all those elements under control. However, you might believe that a project management tool is an unnecessary expense and you can easily manage projects yourselves.
Have you ever felt that your projects are taking more time than they should? Or projects are using up non-billable hours in unnecessary admin? Are you spending way too much time wrangling complex spreadsheets rather than concentrating on your business?
What is a Kanban board? Well, think of it like an electronic whiteboard covered in sticky notes – only you have the ability to manipulate those notes within the software. The Kanban board was originally developed in Japan
The Salesforce Gantt chart: How it helps your project management. A Gantt chart, named after Henry Gantt who popularised this type of chart, is one of the most commonly used methods of displaying activities and time lines for project management.
We recently released the latest version of Mission Control, which included two new features: Project Overview Page, Track Pad. The Project Overview Page has always been hugely popular amongst Mission Control Users for it’s ability to provide a 360 Degree view into one particular project.
We are pleased to announce the release of the latest version of Mission Control. Version 1.36 is now available on the AppExchange. This release includes a number of new and exciting features, including:
We’ve been hard at work again developing more awesome features for Mission Control. I’m pleased to advise that the latest version (1.35) was released onto the AppExchange on Monday 11th April 2016. Some of the key highlights include:
If you’re as passionate about Project Management as we are here at Aprika, you’ll no doubt be as equally excited by the new Project Management Office (PMO) Dashboard that we’ve recently added to Mission Control.
We are very excited to announce our largest release since Mission Control was initially launched. The range of feature enhancements being introduced to our project management solution that is native to the Salesforce.com platform
We’re pleased to announce that the latest version of Mission Control, our Project Management application that is native to Salesforce.com has been launched on the AppExchange today. It boasts a range of new features, including:
Mission Control launches onto the AppExchange We have launched our latest product, Mission Control onto the AppExchange today. Mission Control is a project management application that integrates with the following Salesforce.com editions: