by Staff Writer
When it comes to deploying new software in the enterprise, taking a top-down versus a bottom-up approach is an age-old debate. Top-down refers to software decisions that are made by business leaders based on overall organizational needs and objectives, whereas bottom-up deployments start with employee needs and input, and then bubble up to the corporate level.
Whichever approach your organization takes, the end goal is the same: driving adoption of new software to accelerate process improvements and better business results. But a new report from IDC, Transforming Enterprise Work Execution, found that each approach brings unique challenges that must be overcome in order to drive adoption and accelerate business improvements.
by Praerit Garg
I recently joined Smartsheet as the company’s Chief Technology Officer, and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime in many ways. I was looking for an exceptional opportunity, and I feel like I’ve found that at Smartsheet. Here are three reasons why:
1. Working on The Killer App of the Day
I started my career at Microsoft, and worked my way up to General Manager before leaving to build my own company, which was eventually acquired by Quantum. Most recently, I’ve been working at Amazon Web Services for the past four years, leading teams that build and operate some of the most foundational services that power all of AWS.
by Renee Coulombe
Today’s enterprise organizations need visibility into and control of how data is accessed and used to maintain security and compliance, while still providing business users with a way to get work done. Enterprise software must adapt to these competing forces and provide tools that meet their security and compliance standards while still giving employees a way to freely innovate and collaborate on work.
by Renee Coulombe
Do you ever question if the way you are communicating with someone is the most effective way you can relay your message? In business, we are bombarded with communications in the form of emails, meetings, calls, and more.
Now, with the emergence of messaging apps, new channels have surfaced that enable us to focus our work conversations into groups, topics, and threads. But with this increase in communication channels, we don’t always know which applications our colleagues prefer.
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.
by Kit Unger
Update: Our redesigned navigation experience is now live in the web app for all Smartsheet customers!
Earlier this year, we redesigned the Smartsheet interface to make sure you can easily locate and access the features you rely on most. As part of our continuous effort to improve the user experience, we’re now preparing to release navigation enhancements to our web application that will help teams access, organize, and share their work more efficiently.
When you log in for the first time following the update, you’ll quickly notice a couple of big changes; there will be an open navigation menu listing your recently viewed work and the Smartsheet tabs will no longer be present.
Today, I’m pleased to walk you through the forthcoming updates and their benefits.
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 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.
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