by Guest Author
Editor’s Note: Here at Smartsheet, our customers inspire us every day. Today’s post comes from Oscar Gonzalez, Senior Program Planning Manager at Karyopharm Therapeutics.
In late 2016, after only five months as a lab manager for Karyopharm Therapeutics, I was promoted to the role of program manager in clinical operations. With no prior experience in clinical operations, I was in for quite a ride.
I couldn’t have imagined that after a year I’d be promoted to senior program planning manager and be the team lead of the program planning, analytics, and innovation group — in large part thanks to the effect I had in the implementation of Smartsheet across the organization.
Smartsheet dashboards and sheets give Karyopharm's clinical teams, CRO staff, and project managers constant access to trial information.
The scientists, lab technicians, and project managers at Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. have an ambitious goal: to create drugs to more effectively treat cancer, autoimmune disorders, and other major diseases. Making a big difference in the lives of patients means carefully managing the smallest details — everything from efficiently setting up and certifying a clinical trial to updating records when a researcher’s office gets a new phone number.
“We have active studies that encompass over 350 different centers such as hospitals, small clinics, and medical schools across more than 20 countries,” says Oscar Gonzalez, program planning manager at Karyopharm. “A lot of organization has to happen to achieve our goals, and it’s truly a labor of love. The people here have a passion for what they’re doing and for what, ultimately, we’re trying to do for patients.”
Tellepsen uses Smartsheet to assess development goals and determine which project managers are ready for promotion.
The construction project management team at Tellepsen Builders knew how to plan and build corporate headquarters, hospitals, and schools. But building a clear structure for career growth and promotion required a new approach.
Kendall Pouland, director of professional development, needed a better way to manage the skills training and advancement process for a growing team of ambitious project managers — and found it in Smartsheet.
As a family-owned business that’s been operating in Houston for more than 100 years, Tellepsen focuses on projects that make a difference in people’s lives. Construction project management is one of the largest teams at Tellepsen, and vitally important for the business. Project managers work at construction sites organizing the full range of onsite operations. Pouland had worked her way up through the project management ranks; spending 10 years working at building sites in a hard hat had taught her that a PM’s work is complex, and that clear feedback is essential to mastering the job.
by Renee Hunter on June 5, 2018
When disasters strike, most people’s first impulse is to take care of their family. For Tellepsen, a leading building business in Houston, employees are family.
So when Hurricane Harvey brought widespread flooding to the Houston area in August 2017, Tellepsen used Smartsheet to find out the status of more than 500 employees spread throughout the sprawling Houston metro area, and get help and resources to the people who needed them.
by Renee Hunter on August 22, 2017
As any retailer knows, if a chain wants to survive - let alone thrive - it needs to simultaneously keep growing and set itself apart from the competition. MOD Pizza is one such company - a fast casual pizza chain that is rapidly expanding it’s reach.
MOD Pizza has recently gone from opening a couple of stores a year to opening 100 stores in a year. But sustaining that growth isn’t easy. As MOD Pizza CEO Scott Svenson shared in a recent interview, “It’s easy to open one store and send out a press release that you’re going to be the ‘Chipotle of pizza.’ It’s much harder to open the second, and the fifth, and the tenth, and then start to scale.” As MOD Pizza’s growth accelerated, their team needed a way to quickly scale their retail operations to stay on track with all of their store openings.
South Water Signs manages custom-made signage projects nationwide--a massive exercise in coordination, traditionally managed on paper or with Excel spreadsheets and email. As the company's business grew, it became clear that this manual process wasn’t scalable. That’s when South Water Signs turned to Smartsheet. Customer projects are now streamlined. Sales reps collect all the necessary data – package, type of sign, type of service, etc. – using a web form that feeds into a master sheet of all jobs. A project manager then uses the sheet to keep information like photos, permits, and approvals organized and stored in the context of work timelines. A custom report pulls all the necessary information to create an invoice for works in progress and the report is automatically sent to accounting. It's a seamless and transparent process that delights customers and makes South Water Signs a leader in its industry.
SSouth Water Signs, a leading national signage company, uses Smartsheet in all areas of their business.
by Jodi Sorensen on May 10, 2011
Portland Oregon-based SERA Architects blends two traditions into its architecture service--urban revitalization and sustainable design. Not only does the firm embrace a corporate philosophy to operate as green as possible, it provides guidance and expertise in a wide range of environmental issues that extend well beyond green building.
In 2006, SERA Architects teamed with Cutler Anderson Architects and was selected for what would become one of the largest federal government building renovation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Located in downtown Portland Oregon, The Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) it is to become a flagship building for the federal government. It is comprised of an eighteen-story office tower, which occupies one full city block and two levels of basement and parking areas. Upon its completion in 2013, it will house about 17 different federal agencies.
by Diana Ramos on August 8, 2016
Alpha Architect, an asset management firm, manages approximately $300 million for customers across the globe. In an industry where you’re competing against billion dollar companies, getting ahead means operating as efficiently as possible. And the team at Alpha understands the role that technology plays in giving them a competitive advantage.
Just being a little bit cheaper than their competition wasn’t enough. They needed to be doing business in a revolutionary way. That is why they set out to find a solution that would help to reduce overhead costs and manage operational workflows, while being simple to use and able to support an auditable trail of compliance activity.
How Alpha Architect Uses Smartsheet to Run Their CRM and Stay SEC Compliant
by Renee Hunter on March 6, 2018
One of the best ways to spot a productivity killer? Identify a process or communication tactic shoehorned into a tool that wasn’t originally built to address that very problem. One common workplace productivity killer hiding in plain sight is our meeting culture, and the slide decks these meetings are often beholden to. As we’ve morphed slide decks from presentation aids to status documents, increasing numbers of hours are wasted consolidating slide decks and cramming status updates into a static document.
Luckily, work management tools can help address this problem. Case in point: the Services Operations group at Cisco has proven that work management solutions can be a powerfully effective replacement — with game changing results.
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