by Brendan Reed
Today, teams across industries use a variety of ways to view, visualize, and act on information to get work done. Whether they’re creating and managing a portfolio of projects, tracking expenses, or servicing requests, they need to be able to work from anywhere, anytime, on any device — and be able to quickly visualize work in progress.
Inspired by Kanban boards and the Agile Methodology, Smartsheet card view is a highly visual way to prioritize, communicate, and collaborate on work. It makes information and data more approachable so that you always see the big picture, make sure your projects are on track, and identify potential gaps in your plan.
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
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 Stephen Danos
How often do you make bad decisions? According to a McKinsey & Company survey, 72 percent of senior-level leaders believe that bad decisions are “about as frequent as good ones” — par for the course across their organization. As a company grows, apparently so does the potential cost of poor decision making.
At the enterprise level, these undesired outcomes tend to stem from problems caused by increased organizational complexity, murky accountability, and an overabundance of data that cause decision makers to suffer from analysis paralysis.
Getting on the path to better decision making starts with recognizing and addressing these challenges — often with the help of the right enterprise-grade work-execution tool.
by Staff Writer
It’s estimated that the average adult makes 35,000 decisions a day. Though many of these may seem inconsequential, making the right call at work can be a fraught prospect.
If you feel like you’re under pressure to make business decisions faster than ever before, you’re not alone. According to a Harvard Business Review report, 65 percent of managers say they face shrinking decision-making windows. And once a decision is made, three-quarters say they’re on the hook to achieve results in less time.
There’s good reason for businesses to push for speedy decision making. In a review of traits linked to organizational health, McKinsey researchers found that the majority of businesses that measured high for agility also ranked within the top quartile of overall business health. Agility is defined as speed of decision-making combined with stability, or having clear operating goals and metrics.
So how can organizations make faster decisions more easily? Start by letting go of these three things that can get in the way of moving fast.
by Stephen Danos
Today, business leaders have a lot to consider when making decisions: performance analytics and other data coming in from a multitude of sources, resource and budget run rates, and much more. The faster a leader can reach the best decisions based on the best intel, the faster teams can carry out strategies, provide competitive value, and delight customers.
Given the stakes, refining your decision-making process is well worth the effort, but to get the process right may require a few false starts and iterations. It will also help if your team can adopt an agile mindset, so they can take small steps in the right direction, giving you test-and-learn insights to make decision-making processes more efficient and swift.
While there’s no quick fix, here are five things leaders can do to speed up decision making — and how Smartsheet can set teams up for repeatable success.
Ovum, an international analyst firm, has just released the latest in its series of “On the Radar” research reports that track vendors that are driving innovation in their markets. The report finds that Smartsheet “bears watching as a strong leader in the collaborative work execution category.”
Among Ovum’s findings:
According to the report: “The Smartsheet work execution platform provides a solution to the way enterprises need to work today by creating a persistent, shared conversational workspace where users can communicate and share content in one place. It brings content from other apps into one centralized workstream and creates a portal where users receive persistent messaging, alerts, notifications, activity streams, and content-sharing functionalities.”
Source: By OVUM at Smartsheet Blog
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.
Writers and Bloggers from Smartsheet.