Orangescrum Enterprise edition is widely popular as it offers end to end project management capabilities across industries.Whether you are a digital & marketing agency, Product Development Company, consulting & professional services firm or an established enterprise, Orangescrum offers all the bells & whistles you need to streamline your operations and successfully deliver your products and services.Businesses of all sizes have reported spending way too much time in fire-fighting instead of real productive pursuits.Basically ending with overworked resources, unhappy customers and employees, loss of face and revenue.We have compiled a quick list of key problems shared by our customers across industries. Let us take a quick look at the common project management problems. Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Project Management are being discussed together for a while now.Rather seriously! There is anxiety and excitement in almost equal measures among professionals across the globe.What makes Project Management so relevant for Artificial Intelligence (AI)?The answer is straight forward and lies in the very definition of AI and Machine Learning (ML). Let us take a look.Artificial Intelligence or AI sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans. Colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is often used to describe machines (or computers) that mimic "cognitive" functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as "learning" and "problem solving”.In simpler terms, AI enables machines to learn, think and act like humans. AI uses data, servers and algorithms to train machines for specific actions such as recognizing objects, reasoning, problem solving, planning, and perception.Machine learning (ML) is the scientific study of algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use in order to perform a specific task effectively without using explicit instructions, relying on patterns and inference instead. It is seen as a subset of artificial intelligence. After careful review of both their definitions, one can safely state that AI and ML help provide deep insights from a huge data source built over time which is often difficult to track by us.If you take a further closer look, ML enables identifying patterns and structures within the data and predict outcomes of specific activities. Do note that the data is nothing else but “human actions and inputs recorded by various systems during the course of a specific activity or a project”.Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
We are delighted to announce that starting today Orangescrum provides two-way integration with GitHub.With this release, you can create, collaborate and manage all your GitHub issues directly from Orangescrum or Github instantly.This integration is fruitful for the IT and product development teams who use Github to share or collaborate code and monitor code issues.Most developers, IT teams and agencies use GitHub to organize, release and track issues on their code. If an issue is raised for your code, you will get an instant notification from Orangecrum and the issue will be created as a task for you in Orangescrum.We make your task and issue management easier by bringing them together on a single platform of your choice.GitHub or Orangescrum you are always on top of your tasks and issues so that you focus on delivering quality products for your customers.With GitHub integration, you can sync the following data:-Task TitleTask DescriptionCommentsTask Status Currently, tasks type, labels, file attachments, sub-tasks, assigned to details are not being synced. However, we are working on this.If a task is in New, In-progress or Resolve status in Orangescrum, in GitHub, the task will be assigned to Open status. For closed tasks in Orangescrum, GitHub assigns status as Closed.If a task that is Open in GitHub, it will be default assigned as status New in Orangescrum.Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Businesses whether small, medium or large are run by their resources. We all know it.You may have the best ideas and ground breaking technology at your disposal, but nothing moves unless your people (teams) follow, adopt & execute them.Also, there has been a rising uproar and unparalleled focus on resource management in the recent years. Why has it is become so crucial to business success suddenly?Advent of new technology at a break-neck speed?Highly global, diverse and increasingly mobile customer base?Remote, global and highly digital workforce?Increasingly volatile competition landscape?Declining profit margins?Have we become paranoid?All of the above?Well, whatever the reason, businesses have got to get a handle on their resource management to stay profitable and ahead of their competition. No second guesses here.Before, we continue further, I would like to share some real world project & resource management challenges from my discussions with customers during their journey from hunting to adopting a digital resource management software.Thomas Aubry, Head of IT, DIAM, France says – “He had a tough time knowing how his resources were stacked against assigned tasks and how well were the resources utilized. He had no visibility to it”.All he had was a huge task list across projects under his vast portfolio, but no idea who were executing them, when are they expected to complete and what is their progress. In other words, if you were to ask him – what is the status of Task A and who is working on it; and all you would get is a blank stare and a possible scratching on the head exercise.I wouldn’t want to be in such a situation and neither did Thomas!Similarly, Hayley Turner, CEO, Hailstorm Development, USA has a team of vibrant self-motivated remote team members across the United States. And her challenge was not knowing if she can take up new projects and of what size and duration. No visibility of her company’s resource availability.And then we have Bill Sabatine, VP of Technical Services, Chroma Systems Solutions,Inc., USA who often ran into project and product development delays as he couldn’t access resources across his engineering, product testing and customer implementation teams.Issues were being reworked and none of these three teams knew what the other was doing in real-time. Basically lack of cross-functional collaboration & significant resource allocation and resource utilization chaos.What is the common theme across all the 3 distinct scenarios and what is its impact?Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Project Management and Task Management are often used interchangeably by us. On the face of it, they do seem similar but there are quite a few differences that set them apart.Also, it is important for us to understand, the key purposes that each of these solve.In generic terms, you may say how it matters – both of them help us organize ourselves, our work and activities.Agreed! To some extent yes. But that is not all they do.If it were that simplistic, we wouldn’t have a whole industry spun off to help businesses manage projects and run distinct project management offices (PMO) within their organizations.We will talk about that in a bit.But before that, what is challenging or say confusing for some is to understand that fine line between project and task management.Primarily because we are flooded with all sorts of software where some call themselves, task management software, collaboration tool, online workplace, work management software, project management tool, project collaboration tool and it goes on.Quite a mouthful, huh JWell, without getting lost in the marketing whirlwind let us stay focused on our core needs and what works best for us. More so, what to choose and when to switch between the two.Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Businesses are often faced with stiff challenges in maintaining low project, operational costs and increase their profits. And rightly so!Sadly, that is not the case always.Running a profitable enterprise requires a lot of control around procurement, resource utilization, real estate costs, talent, technology costs, project management, travel expenses, marketing and R&D budgets etc.Larger the organization, greater the complexity w.r.t a diverse, dispersed and global workforce, cultural implications, local government regulations as well as an equally complex organization hierarchy spanning multiple departments.Each department has their own budget, strategic goals and timelines to meet these goals.At any given time there are multiple initiatives, projects that are being undertaken by the various functions across the organization involving multiple teams both local and global.Thus having a handle on all of these projects across the organization is not an easy task by any means.It is just overwhelming!Imagine the workforce, efforts and cost you would need to constantly monitor and stay on top of all initiative run in your company.No wonder, companies globally make conscious investments for multiple work management, collaboration and productivity management tools for their teams.Brings your Organization togetherA project portfolio management tool, is capable of handling all your strategic initiatives centrally.Your entire team is aboard a single platform for all its activities.The significant benefit of an enterprise project portfolio management tool is in its ability to track all initiatives under one roof. The decision makers can access progress of the key projects in real time and track performance of their business.At the same time, the project managers, can easily highlight risks and issues that need immediate management attention and action.The management team can quickly identify any non-performing projects and act decisively in a timely manner.Thus saving efforts and costs on initiatives that have outlived their purpose or would not prove profitable as expected earlier.Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Hello Orangescrummers we’re pleased to announce Orangescrum community edition is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace bringing the open source project management solution to global AWS customers.AWS enables scalable, flexible, and cost-effective cloud based infrastructure for global enterprises.Community users can now find Orangescrum on AWS marketplace to easily install and quickly access Orangescrum for their project management needs.Freedom from installation hassles and quick access to collaboration and productivity.Quickly Launch the Orangescrum Community Edition for effective project & task management.You can have the community edition up and running within minutes which makes it easier for you to try it out with your team members and offer them a smoother onboarding experience.Orangescrum helps teams of all sizes toCollaborate effectively from a single platformRobust task management with custom task typesUnlimited projects, users and tasksProject breakdown into milestones and tasksQuick access to all project related files and documentationMonitor project & task progress in real timeAbsolute transparency with resource allocation and task assignment You can follow the below steps to launch Orangescrum on AWS.Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Every project manager must think beyond the proposed requirements, budget and timelines to ensure they are performing high-visibility projects efficiently to achieve strategic goals.With different deadlines, personalities, work approaches, communication styles, and priorities, keeping everything on track and running the entire process smoothly often feels like a battle.A well-defined goal helps complete a project successfully.Make sure the following components are well defined:The goal has a defined timeline by which it has to be metThe goal is broken down into smaller actionable targets spread over the entire duration of the initiative Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Companies globally have vigorously adopted Remote Teams as a strategy to reduce costs, access a larger talent pool and be as close to their customers as possible.And hiring remote workers does help meet customer demands to a great extent and also helps make your business equally local.6 times more hiring managers believe agile team structures will become the norm.Next, set crisp ground rules around the frequency, mode and type of information to be updated and shared at this platform.It is a matter of discipline and time when you have a well-oiled machine in action that helps deliver results.Resources are the largest cost contributors of organizations the world over, irrespective of their industries. Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
Hello, Orangescrummers! I am back with another update for you. Now add reminders to a task to never miss your deadlines or appointments.Considering you’re working on different projects, assigned multiple tasks, attending meetings, reviews, sometimes we might miss important deadlines, appointments or follow-ups.Do you want to be reminded about these deadlines on a specific day and time?Do you want to set reminders for your team members for critical tasks and events?Well, you may forget, but Orangescrum will help you keep everything right under your thumb!Whether it’s the due date of a task, deadline to generate a report or submit a proposal, sending invoices to your customers or invoice payments; just set a reminder and focus on your actual work.When it’s time, Orangescrum will send you an email notification about the job or task so you can get things done at the right time.How to set reminders to a task for you and your team?Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
The most successful people aren't superheroes.They have the same 24 hours in their day like us.But they find significant ways to “do” more in fewer hours.How do they do it?When I was juggling for the solution, I found task management techniques to stay on top.Task Management is more than planning, assigning, and tracking.It is more about having the right people work on the right tasks in a time-boxed manner and bring them to their logical conclusion.A robust task management process helps individuals and groups to collaborate and share information to achieve their collective goals.Take the chaos out of teamwork and get more done!Effective task management requires managing all the aspects of a task which includes time, priority, status, type, dependency, notifications, and so on.Different Approaches to Task Management: Here are the 2 task management methods which can improve your workflow and business productivity.KanbanAgileIs task management quite hectic for you?Read the full article at Orangescrum Blog
One of the most noteworthy sayings for Kanban is: “Stop starting and start finishing.” Sounds profound, but how do you implement that?According to the PMI Pulse of the Profession annual report,48% of projects are not finished within the scheduled timeWhereas 43% of projects are not completed within the fixed budget and31% of projects do not meet the business intent and original goalsI have gone through some other research and found that “only 31% of all organizations deliver projects that are likely to meet original goals or business objectives. Read The Full Article at Orangescrum Blog
Collaboration is the most overused word in the business world.Most of the managers often think messaging, chat, and document sharing activities as collaboration.Sometimes terms like coordination, collaboration, and cooperation are used to explain “effective teamwork”.These terms if not used in the right context fail to convey the exact meaning of “project collaboration”.The lack of knowledge in project collaboration creates a barrier in building a powerful workplace.A 2016 survey has found that 70% of American employees are reducing economic growth by not working with full potential.In this group, more than half were found absent and one-fifth are disengaged.
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As a company grows larger and becomes more diverse in its operations, it may begin to experience a variety of growing pains.Entrepreneurs often discover that separate departments or business units are working on similar projects which results in waste of resources and costs.Within a large organization, two groups might find that they are working on projects that contradict or compete with each other.Even after these situations are figured out, it can take weeks or months to reorder and strategize the overall direction the company wants to proceed with.Then what's the solution?Enterprise Project Management or EPM.What is EPM?To understand what EPM is and why it’s important, it’s better to take a step back and consider the definition of project management.Wikipedia says, “Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.”However, a company involved in multiple projects, each focused on a unique goal with a specific deadline, needs a way to organize and direct those projects.That’s where Enterprise Project Management comes into play Read The Full Article
And we continued with our efforts to make our customers’ work more fun so that they make more time for vacation and family time.The May Mega month saw release of 3 masterful features with an overwhelming response so far.Enabling collaboration, ensuring project data confidentiality, personalization and smooth navigation within Orangescrum was the focus of the month for our SaaS edition.Let’s us review what’s out there and how you can experience it firsthand!Cloud Edition Updates: Custom Themes & PersonalizationOrangescrum didn’t have the theming concept since its release and I’m happy to announce that we do now.The best part is that we’ve heard your feedback since we released the latest new UI.How to change the theme color of your Orangescrum account?To change your theme color;Login to orangesrum.comClick on the setting icon below your profile imageCheck the step by step guideline to change the theme color of your Orangescrum account.A Real-Time, 2-Way Sync between Google Calendar and Orangescrum Cloud Edition:Google Calendar lets you organize your schedule and share events with team members and friends.With Google’s free online calendar, it’s easy to keep track of your daily schedule.Its ease of use and Google Calendar integration was the most requested feature that came out of feedback from our users, and we decided to build it with our Project Management Software.With the integration, you can sync all your projects & tasks with Google Calendar.Similarly, if you create any event, or you make any changes in Google Calendar those will instantly be reflected in Orangescrum – SaaS Project Management Tool and vice versa.Read The Full Article
Project failure can happen to anybody—and to any project.Previously I've shared content on project management, how to run your projects successfully and overall project execution and delivery.Today, we’ll discuss some of the key reasons behind project failure and how to fix them.Also, some simple yet powerful suggestions to recover your troubled projects.Let's dive in -Projects fail for many reasons.Stakeholders can change their objectives, team members can be re purposed to projects at imminent risk or of greater business value, budgets can disappear, and misplaced priorities to name a few.Any of these sound familiar?
Workplaces have become the bread and butter of modern-day business dynamics.Having a well-provided, well-established work environment has definitely become a necessity to achieve goals and objectives.Now the important question arises regarding how we can make the most of the time spent in any particular work environment.With our lives getting busier and routines getting hectic, let us present some useful hacks that will help you improve your workplace productivity thus answering the aforementioned question.These hacks wouldn’t just help you as individuals, rather they will help your entire team perform better, therefore improving the overall efficiency of your team.Before we move on with our list of hacks, it is important to know that certain aspects like the equipment you use in your work environment also directly affects your productivity levels.For instance, a formidable work station facilitated by high-speed internet providers will also influence your output levels as work tasks can readily be tackled.With that being covered, let us begin our list!Multitasking can be hurtful!Multitasking might sound like the perfect plan to get a number of things done simultaneously, but the reality is quite different.
Hello Orangescrum’ers! The Custom Task Status Workflow is now available for our Cloud edition.Not all projects are built the same! Each has its own task flow and needs specific status to convey the true health of its tasks.And before that, we also understand that different teams have their own project structure. A generic project flow doesn’t do justice to their project progress and makes it difficult to keep their projects in-sync with their respective processes.With the Custom Task Status Workflow, you can create and track a logical life cycle of your tasks from start to end. You can create Task Statuses that are most commonly referred by your teams and ones that are relevant to the project type at hand.Why do you need a Custom Task Status Workflow?Let me explain why you would want to create a custom workflow for your organizational processes. As I mentioned earlier, it will show you the precise progress of your tasks and enable greater clarity around what needs to be done next for the task completion and by whom. Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
In the year 2019, most people have tried or seen VR in one form or another. VR ranges from very simple and basic versions like Google Cardboard to full experiences with Oculus Rift or similar technologies.Some people feel like VR is just another trend that will pass and others praise it for being the next amazing thing in marketing, computing, video gaming, storytelling and so on. It’s a new medium and it’s focused on interaction with computers while steadily moving onto markets and impressing consumers over the past decade.Project managers, however, need to understand this technology better to help them manage their VR projects. They will also have to prepare for any challenges that are specific to this area.The key factor that differentiates 3D videos or cinema is the fact that VR has a space called presence which is a term used to describe that type of total immersion with the space. The VR headset allows the user to do just that. This device needs to trick many different systems of perception to make a person feel present and immersed within a space. The VR is tricking us into thinking that we are somewhere else, experiencing something that we are not really experiencing.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
Collaboration is vital to the successful stewardship of any project, regardless of the industry or sector in which you operate. But no matter how good you are at wrangling large teams or conveying your desired achievements, ensuring that people work together effectively is impossible without the help of certain tools.Two decades ago the cost of not being able to find knowledge efficiently was costing businesses $12 billion annually. Today, IDC estimates put this figure at over $31 billion, indicating that no organization can afford to overlook the need to facilitate cohesive collaboration by any means.This is where knowledge management comes into play, providing you with an opportunity to make sure that critical information can be shared and expanded upon over the course of a project. But what are some of the strategies and solutions you should pursue and are there any pitfalls to consider?Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
Hello Orangescrum’ers, we’re back with another product update!Over the years, Orangescrum has helped users to organize their tasks, deliver projects in time and collaborate from a single platform.However, it is difficult to keep track of all important assignments & deadlines through email notifications & many users have asked for the ability to sync their tasks and deadlines with Google Calendar.The wait is over! Now, you can see all your important appointments, deadlines, tasks on your Google calendar with a real-time, 2-way integration with Orangescrum –#1 Task Management Software .Why Google Calendar?Google Calendar lets you organize your schedule and share events with team members and friends. With Google’s free online calendar, it’s easy to keep track of your daily schedule.Also, Google Calendar is pre-installed on many mobiles and being widely used by businesses via G-Suite. It displays meetings, appointments, activities, and events in a single place.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
Being agile and quick in business is vital as the pace of change accelerates persistently and agile project management is taking the lead.Could "Agile" be the best method to choose for project management?This has been an ongoing debate for years. Essentially there are 3 groups of project managers;Traditional Project Managers- Generally, they use waterfall methodology and frequently refer to the PMBOK (i:e- Project Management Body of Knowledge). They follow the best practices, models, and templates for effective project management.Agile Project Managers- They’re quite different from their traditional counterparts. They focus on the team and consider success to be team driven.Then there are Traditional Project Managers who want to play in Agile Environments, so they start looking for specific tools and techniques that they can “borrow” from the agile approaches. Often these folks take more of a hybrid approach to project management and agile approaches have become their mainstream.Cutting to the chaseI don’t think you can be “agile” by approaching your projects with the same tactics you’ve always used for traditional or waterfall projects! Agile is a jargon that has been zooming around the business world for nearly 15 years. Managers want to be quick, alive, and agile to all possibilities when it’s about driving their business forward, especially in this increased competition period.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
Hello Orangescrummers, as promised we’re back with new updates! With the latest release, you can customize your Orangescrum account theme color to make it truly yours.Recently, we have also released personalization options to customize your left main menu and Quick Links menu with options that are most frequently used by you. If you have missed, then you can read more about the latest updates here.Theme personalization allows to maintain consistent branding across various applications used by your team.Orangescrum didn’t have the theming concept since its release and I’m happy to announce that we do now. The best part is that we've heard your feedback since we released the latest new UI.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
Entrepreneurs are always booming with ideas. They always seem to have an endless source of creative juices and energy to make that dent on the universe. Ideas need a lot of nurturing, analysis, planning and organized execution to turn them into reality.A lot is at stake here and not all ideas see the light of the day. Why so?Implementation of ideas need to be protected from internal & external factors that lead to chaos, delays, miscommunication and execution paralysis.But such failures can be avoided and business projects & plans can be better organized and executed through more sophisticated solutions that help in early issue detection problems and allow for timely and effective resolution. From a study, it has found that around 64% of projects have completed successfully last year. With the help of project management and project management tools, project completion has done better. Here’s a report on the project completed in the last year Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
Program Management and Project Management are interchangeably used by organizations to refer to various initiatives that they run. They may sound similar but there are quite a bit of distinct differences between the two. The differences must be well understood to ensure proper implementation and benefit realization to the optimum.In this article we will go over what exactly does program and project management entail, what are the differences, how similar they are, their specific benefits and the key roles in terms of Program Manager and Project ManagerUnderstanding the TwoWe all know that PMI has very clearly articulated that:Projects are “endeavours, temporary in nature, have a defined start, middle & end and have a defined objective to be met which is often a product or a service.”And, Project Management is “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.”Projects are usually short term and quick measures that are deployed to achieve quick results. Their goals are always very tangible and once achieved the project team is dismantled and released for deployment to other projects. Each project is unique in its team composition, time-frame and expected outputs.This also tells us that projects are very tactical in nature and address an immediate or impending business need.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
April was yet another productive month with exciting feature releases. We always want users to have a great experience using Orangescrum.Enabling collaboration, ensuring project data confidentiality, personalization and smooth navigation within Orangescrum was the focus of the month.Let’s us review what’s in store and how you can experience it firsthand!Cloud Edition Updates: User Role Management Feature for Cloud Edition:Orangescrum started with the most demanding features of our cloud users. Here’s Orangescrum’s ‘User Role Management‘ feature that provides clarity to your teams with well-defined roles & responsibilities.Is your organization struggling to manage multiple user roles securely and effectively? What Makes It Stand Out From The Rest?Orangescrum account previously had only 4 roles – Owner, Admin, User and Client with some restricted access.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
William Penn says, “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst”.We all know how time is important to us. But we do forget about TIME MANAGEMENTwhile we’re busy sorting other things wisely.If a lack of visibility on how time is spent and managed is an issue, efficient time management is simply the best way to curb this mess.It makes teams or resources more effective, businesses more profitable and companies more prolific.What is ‘Time Management’ exactly?Time management is a process of planning and organizing how to divide time between several activities so that all the assigned work can be completed on or before time, within budget.Good time management helps you to work smarterRead The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
The Orangescrum team received an interesting use case from a major European agency (who are now our customers – yay!) a few quarters ago. They are a big organization with a complex hierarchy and a range of strategic & functional operational teams. They have been a victim ofSilo work approachesTeams choosing their own toolsIT has no control over the data privacy spread across these toolsAren’t confident of accurate billingExecutive Management is unable to see actual statuses of their initiativesSee one of the actual emails from a lengthy conversation below –Consider the following example:My Board takes a number of decisions, based on the materials on its agenda. The decisions distill to tasks, which have a responsible person and deadline. Sometimes the tasks are complex and require the collaboration of several people. Usually, tasks are assigned to Departments, which have to organize the operational work and deliver.The point is how to organize the process in such a way, that:The Board knows at any moment what is the status of all tasks, irrespective of domains, including a breakdown by due dates, assignees, etc;The respective Department (Head) can break down the Board task into small pragmatic tasks and assign them to single persons for deliveryIf needed various departments to be able to collaborate for the execution of the said taskThe Department Heads and the participants to see and work only what is assigned to their department or their domain/task/project and not the full portfolio of the bank.Reasonable system of notifications – not overly noisy. Preferably with options to configure what to notify on. The senior management certainly should not be notified on the status change of each task somewhere in the bank.In brief, this is a concrete case we resolve now. Hope I made it clear enough.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog
Hello Orangescrummers! Here’s another good news for you all our cloud edition users. Now adjust Orangescrum to your expertise and needs by its ‘Quick Links’ & ‘Left Menu’ features. Easy navigation and left menu customization are in your hand. Orangescrum is flexible by its nature and, therefore, can be easily modified to become truly yours. We invite you to take a walk with us through this short customization guide and quickly shape Orangescrum to both your personal and professional needs.It's always amazing to add new features by considering customers' needs and what would be the best for them.What’s New Now? Previously the left menu of Orangescrum’s user account was pre-defined. That means you can’t make any change to that. Suppose you don’t want Gantt chart on your left menu. But still, you had to keep that as those things were pre-defined.But now there’s no need to compromise.You can customize your Orangescrum account as per your wish.Read The Full Article on Orangescrum Blog