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Project tracking: What’s the best method?

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Question: "I’m looking for a project tracking program for my department. We handle high volumes of licensure and construction projects for many different facilities, and they are very detailed with lots of moving parts. What software do you use for tracking your projects?" - Laura, Assistant VP

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Gil H. December 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

We shoehorn everything into SalesForce and keep finding that it can expand and be changed to fit whatever we need. The word ‘sales’ can be deceiving; the program can handle any kind of project at all.

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Laurie November 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm

I have found that when you begin with a company and have low skill/high will often times it’s difficult for those around you to identify that you are now at a point of highs skill/high will.
It takes a good leader or high level colleague to see that a person is ready for more responsibilities and speak up for the person to be given the chance.
If you keep asking for the opportunities to show how much you have “grown” and are constantly being declined, it is time to move on. Until you go some where and start new you will not be able to use those new skills.
If you don’t have access to a good leader who wants their direct reports to grow, you will not have a chance to step into an opening and prove you have the knowledge to move forward.

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Susan Alexander November 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

I absolutely love Smartsheet and have been using it for 5 years. I’ve brought it to our K-12 school district and now our community college. It’s web-based so you can access it anywhere, any time, on any device. It’s very reasonable in cost. Depending on your situation, you probably only need a few “users” (people with subscriptions who actually set up new sheets) because you can have unlimited collaborators for free! Their support is amazing. They have awesome tutorials & webinars. It’s very intuitive and easy to use. I can’t say enough good things about this app! Check it out at https://youtu.be/TGDBApo3DU4

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Kathe Edmonds November 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm

We just started using the program ASANA. It’s a free program and was recommended as one of the top project tracking programs. (I don’t remember what site that was on) It’s been quite helpful in keeping a committee of five on track for a big event.

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Rasha January 11, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Asana can be found at http://asana.com; it can also be installed on a mobile phone/tablet as an app.
There’s also Basecamp, which is equally useful and easy to use and it’s also FREE to a certain limit

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