by Imran Khawaja
We all begin our projects with clear goals and intent. You may begin by sitting down, creating your task list, and clearly outlining due dates. But before you know it a task has slipped and the due date has passed. I will admit, this has happened to me more than I would like.
I work as a lead software development engineer at Smartsheet, and when planning a recent release event I was our assigned release captain. As release captain, I am responsible for making sure all work items that are required for a successful product launch are complete. That includes following up with our software developers for bugs that need to be fixed and making sure all changes to the infrastructure are completed prior to launch.
We're committed to helping businesses all around the world work better — including our own. Smartsheet uses Smartsheet every day to improve collaboration, manage work in real time, and make better decisions, faster.
With rapid company growth, the Smartsheet Sales and Product Development teams needed to rethink various workflows in order to scale efficiently and effectively.
See how they developed solutions using the Smartsheet work execution platform to plan, track, and manage complex processes.
by Stephen Danos
Construction professionals need ways to eliminate process friction and unify everyone, from owner to architects to subcontractors, throughout the entire construction project life cycle. After all, delays often mean a construction project will go over budget, which is typically unacceptable.
Also, according to a recent McKinsey analysis of construction technology, cost-cutting technologies have gained significant momentum over the last five years.
The Smartsheet platform helps construction teams save money and time, and stay connected, empowering them to improve collaboration, plan better, and maintain control over repeatable processes, audit trails, and document versioning.
Below are many ways Smartsheet empowers construction professionals throughout the seven phases of construction project management by increasing visibility, centralizing key information, and rapid data collection through mobile-accessible forms.
by Renee Coulombe
When it comes to technology, business leaders know there's no such thing as a single platform that meets everyone’s needs. In our 2017 State of Enterprise Collaboration report, 90 percent of enterprise IT decision makers believe the presence of multiple collaboration tools in the workplace has made employees more productive.
But if teams are working across siloed work applications, important information can fall into a void. With over 15 secure integrations, Smartsheet and G Suite are enabling teams to collaborate with precision and transparency.
Learn how these four Google integrations can help you streamline processes and drive meaningful gains for your business:
by Lea Gikas
Today, business professionals are expected to get their work done, fast. Many companies now rely on enterprise collaboration tools to improve and enhance overall efficiency.
The partnership between Smartsheet and Microsoft is built on the drive to create a seamless collaboration across tools and platforms. The Enterprise Collaboration Report shows that customers are demanding tools that allow their employees to work seamlessly across platforms.
True collaboration requires tools that play nicely with other workplace technologies. With multiple integrations, Smartsheet and Microsoft strive to enable this reality for their mutual customers.
by Staff Writer
It’s long been the stuff of science fiction, but increasingly, the practical side of artificial intelligence (AI) is very real. On the consumer side, personal assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Cortana help automate the simplest of tasks. Meanwhile, AI adoption is also accelerating within your workspace.
According to a recent Spiceworks survey of more than 500 IT professionals, nearly a quarter of large companies have already implemented digital assistants and another 40% expect to follow suit by 2019. For small and medium businesses, that number is closer to 25%.
It’s virtually indisputable that AI (in the form of natural-language processing, machine learning, and deep learning) has tremendous potential to reduce costs and increase productivity for the enterprise. But its true impact comes to life when combined with human ingenuity.
At the recent Smartsheet ENGAGE customer conference there were some exciting product announcements. Here are the new capabilities that we are bringing to you to empower you to improve how you work.
by Staff Writer
If you want your business to succeed, speed isn’t just important — it’s everything.
“Speed is fundamental,” says Heidi Pozzo, an executive coach for C-suite business leaders and author of Leading the High-Performing Company. “Speed is the difference in satisfying customer needs, it impacts the cost structure of the business, and it allows the company to be high-performing, not underperforming. It really is fundamental to how a business operates.”
When businesses are slow to execute, the costs range from missed opportunities to grow market share to poor employee morale, Pozzo says. A culture of fast, smart execution is a sign of strong corporate health.
How can your team pick up the pace? Here are eight questions to ask yourself to help speed up business execution within your organization.
by Diana Ramos
Whether you're renovating or adding to an existing location, or constructing an entirely new one, properly planning for a construction project is a tremendous undertaking. Even the most experienced program managers struggle with setting proper expectations for construction projects given the unforeseen hiccups that can occur.
There’s no way to be 100 percent prepared for the realities of a construction project. Contractors may encounter changes in site conditions and need to adjust plans, or there might be sudden shortages in important building materials.
But that shouldn’t stop owners from making their plan as watertight as possible, and using a reliable software platform, such as Smartsheet, to help them execute.
Ensure you and your contractors are hitting your targeted budget by dividing the process into these four key phases.
by Renee Coulombe
Businesses today need to move fast to stay competitive. But how can today's leaders help their organizations move faster? One way to speed business execution is through better communication.
Here are three ways that business leaders can improve communication without slowing things down —so work can move forward quickly.
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