Echo's Blog

Getting Started with Smartsheet

If you’ve never used a platform similar to Smartsheet before, we understand it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Whether your team is using Smartsheet for project management, a project management office (PMO), budget and resourcing, content management, and more - once you have a grasp of the system, Smartsheet will empower you and your team to move faster and achieve more with their powerful core capabilities and premium add-on products. Just like anything you learn, your best learning path will depend on your learning style to determine what suits you best. Here are some resources our team

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5 Tips for Successful Implementation of a Project Management System

Adopting a project management system can be a big win for your team especially if it is implemented successfully. A project management system not only tracks incoming and ongoing projects but can improve visibility, resource management, productivity as well as clarify accountability. At Echo, we know choosing a project management tool isn’t the end – the tool must be properly implemented, and the process must be fully adopted to be effective and bring true change to the organization. Below we’ll share 5 of our top tips for a successful implementation of a project management system.   Define Business Requirements for Vendor Selection Defining

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Defining Your Key Business Requirements for a Project Management System

You’ve decided you need to adopt a project management system for your organization, so what’s next? Defining key requirements is essential to any project's success and choosing a project management system is no different. We’ve encountered many organizations that are not able to fully adopt a system because it does not meet their unique business requirements. Choosing to implement a project management system can be a costly and time-consuming undertaking. Defining your business requirements from the beginning can build the foundation for full adoption for your team. What current pain points would you like to solve? Understanding your teams’ current challenges

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Is it Time for Your Team to Adopt a Project Management System?

Is your team struggling with miscommunication, lack of viability, poor resource management, or lack of accountability leading to frustration, missed opportunities, and inefficiency? A task management system might be the answer you are looking for.   Miscommunication Causing Conflict   It’s no secret that lack of communication can have severe impacts on a team’s collaboration, teamwork & morale. When items are spread out via many methods of communication, slack, email, texting etc, it’s easy for messages to get missed and lost. Poor team communication can create unnecessary confusion or misunderstandings causing frustration and inefficiency. How many times have you experienced a miscommunication leading to missing requirements, accountability, or deadlines? The Project Management Institute reports that 56% of

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