by Stephen Danos
In order to gain a competitive advantage in today’s business world, companies need to make speed a habit and accelerate workflows, all while avoiding the Red Queen Effect: working faster and harder to stay in the same place.
As pressure to innovate grows, companies need to continuously improve on their products and processes, taking in to account internal observations and customer feedback. This means being proactive and, like experienced chess players, thinking several steps ahead to compete without sacrificing quality.
The combination of a clear foundational vision, organizational alignment, and emphasis on speed allows business leaders to build successful, cross-functional teams. Once these are firmly in place, businesses can run faster and smarter.
by Brendan Reed
When it comes to getting work done via mobile devices, you often need to update content or data, and make quick, simple changes on the go.
We spoke with customers, gathered feedback, and created a mobile app experience that helps them stay in step with their work.
Today, we are proud to release the next version of the Smartsheet mobile app — available for iOS and Android — that will help you get more done, wherever you work.
by Staff Writer
Project managers at companies of all sizes have to choose from an ever-evolving collection of work management techniques. Out of the gate, they need to know if a given methodology — whether it’s Lean, Waterfall, or Agile — fits with their company and cross-functional department objectives, culture, and speed of business.
So, how do you know which work management techniques are the most important? And which ones will actually help make your project a success? Many factors can hinder the success of a project, but the critical path method can help keep projects on track and budget.
While it was originally a time-consuming, hand-drawn set of diagrams, today you can use Smartsheet, a work execution platform, to instantly track the critical path or the most important tasks that, if missed, will delay your entire project — with just a click of a button.
Here’s what you need to know about critical path, why you should use it in your next project, and how Smartsheet helps you tie critical path to automated actions, status updates, and approvals to help your team move faster than ever before.
by Ignacio Martinez on May 25, 2018
We take very seriously the privacy of our customers as well as their interest in keeping the personal data they entrust to Smartsheet private and secure.
We’re pleased to announce that Smartsheet has updated our policies and practices in light of the changing privacy landscape, including the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect today.
by Katy Beloof on January 24, 2018
According to Gallup’s recent State of the Global Workplace report, 85% of employees are not engaged — or are actively disengaged — at work. The economic consequence of this translates to approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity.
Gallup defines this overwhelming majority of disengaged employees as those who consistently give you their time, but not their best efforts. These are employees who show up on time, put in their eight or nine hours, and head home, without contributing their best work or ideas.
Finding and retaining top talent has been a concern for companies for quite some time. But keeping that talent engaged at work proves equally challenging — and failing to do so is costly. There may be an answer to this lost productivity in using automation to free up employee time to focus on more meaningful, business-critical work.
by Katy Beloof on May 29, 2018 - Smartsheet Blog
Identifying the right technology platform to help your business speed up operations takes a lot of work. But ensuring the adoption of that platform across the organization is a challenge in itself.
Here are four tips on how to accelerate the adoption of your new SaaS platform. You’ll want to consider taking action on some of these before you invest in new technology, to make sure your business users are set up for success.
1. Reduce the Burden on IT
Whenever possible, select software that will reduce the burden on IT, rather than adding tasks to your backlog. During your purchasing process, consider what implementation will look like and what the onboarding process entails for business users.
by Staff Writer on May 15, 2018
The way your company kicks off relationships with new customers is about a lot more than creating goodwill. When common problems go unresolved, the client onboarding process can cost your company revenue and reputation. Done properly, on the other hand, onboarding can have a significant positive impact on your bottom line.
by Staff Writer on May 10, 2018
Meetings cost businesses a lot of money.
$15 million per year, in one case. That’s what researchers at Bain & Company determined a weekly executive meeting cost one business each year. More broadly, the research found that many companies spend 15 percent of their collective time in meetings.
by Andre Ropeta on May 1, 2018
According to the Enterprise Collaboration Report, 97% of organizations use two or more collaboration apps to stay on top of work planning and execution. Yet multiple apps can lead to disparate information and ultimately slow work down.
For teams that work across organizations, these issues are exponentially larger — in part because different workers choose their favorite app and check it often, but only look at the others sporadically, if at all. As a result, a project manager would need to engage stakeholders through different apps or expect significant delays in responses.
That’s why we’re excited to announce Smartsheet for Workplace. Workplace by Facebook is a dedicated and secure space for companies to connect, communicate, and collaborate using familiar Facebook features such as News Feed, groups, messages, and events. Now, with Smartsheet for Workplace, you can choose to receive Smartsheet notifications directly in Workplace.
by Brendan Reed on April 24, 2018
Instead of scrolling through rows of data to glean insights, one well-crafted visual can make it easier to understand what’s going on, and help you make decisions more quickly. Charts can highlight outliers, trends, and other details you need to see to make the best choice for your business.
Our most recent additions to Smartsheet dashboards will help you supercharge your data visualization and give you more flexibility in your data sources, so you can get the information you need to make better-informed decisions more quickly. With our charts enhancements, you now have ten new chart variations at your fingertips for more ways to visualize your data in a dashboard.
You also have the ability to create charts from reports. Add multiple data sources to one report, then create a chart from that report to bring multiple sources into one visual for a more complete picture.
Not only that, but we’ve given you more flexibility on your sheet data structures for charts. Now you can select the specific columns you want to include in a chart, without needing to rearrange your sheet data to include what you want into your chart. Here’s how each of these enhancements work for you and your team to better visualize data:
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