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
Keeping clinical trials and research on track and in compliance, managing employee training and certification processes, and providing seamless records handoffs between on-duty staff members are just a few of the challenges that healthcare workers face every day.
Yet using dated, manual processes and disconnected software systems to manage this work can lead to wasted time, data entry errors, a slower process — and ultimately lead to a bad patient experience.
Here’s how three healthcare industry leaders are tackling these complex issues to create better patient experiences using Smartsheet:
by Renee Coulombe
Collaborative work management tools are transforming the way project management leaders plan and organize work. According to a new in-depth report by Project Management Institute (PMI)®, 84 percent of innovators say the cloud is giving their organization a competitive advantage when it comes to project management — and cloud-based tools are proliferating.
But if the platform you’re using lacks critical project management features, you risk process inefficiency and team confusion.
When evaluating cloud collaboration platforms for project management, it’s important to make sure they have these key features:
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 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.
by Stephen Danos
The benefits of building and maintaining a culture of quality can be measured in dollars. According to a 2014 study, companies that emphasize quality, and ultimately make fewer mistakes, can save an estimated $67 million per every 5,000 employees.
At a time when customers increasingly use social media and online reviews to make informed purchasing decisions, the pressure is increasing for businesses to continually raise the quality of their offerings. This emphasis on quality — combined with pressures to respond to changing demands at speed — can lead to more mistakes for companies that lack a clearly defined doctrine of quality.
So, how do effective leaders build and sustain a culture of quality — without sacrificing speed? Here are some ways business leaders can get started.
by Stephen Danos
Fast, informed decisions are the backbone of successful companies. The ideal speed of decision making is analogous to an 800-meter run, the controlled sprint where participants need to establish their position and pace once the starter pistol fires. Elite runners train rigorously to shave milliseconds off their time.
by Renee Hunter
Cross-functional collaboration is not a new concept, but in today’s rapidly changing workplace – with multiple generations, a multitude of productivity apps and solutions, and skyrocketing pace of delivery – finding the key to successfully bring together different departments can feel like an uphill battle. For IT and business leaders searching for a universal technology to solve the needs of every user involved in cross-functional work, “one-app-to-solve-all-needs” ignores the reality that effective collaboration in a cloud-based world is a multi-faceted endeavor. Instead, the secret to success lies in the social elements involved in cross-functional work, and finding ways to strengthen communication by utilizing systems already in place.
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 Stephen Danos on May 2, 2018
Whatever your business, it’s probably true that competition for customers is becoming more intense. As customers have more and more options, business executives that want to drive success have to do many things to stay competitive. But there is one thing that has a greater impact than any other: Becoming customer obsessed.
CIOs, IT leaders, and other execs need to connect with customers, both internal and external, in order to learn their preferences. The Wall Street Journal’s Irving Wladawsky-Berger sums this up in a single sentence: “The customer experience, that is, making each of its clients feel special, is increasingly the key factor for a business to stand out from its competitors.”
This doesn’t mean that execs need to fill their days with customer calls. Indeed, there are other ways to connect with customers, from newsletters to advisory boards. That’s not to say leaders shouldn’t speak directly with external and internal customers when they can. If they carve out time for those conversations, they can hear first-hand examples of how their company’s products make a real-life impact — and gain priceless insights into where they’re falling short.
Writers and Bloggers from Smartsheet.