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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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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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What Are the 5 Phases of the Project Management Lifecycle?

In today's blog post, we're going to cover the 5 phases of a project management lifecycle, which would typically fall under the Waterfall/Traditional project management methodology. This methodology can be followed for both large and small projects. A project management methodology can be as simple or as complex as is needed for the particular project you are working on. We hope you can apply these phases in any capacity that is helpful to you within your organization.   The 5 phases of traditional project management are: Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring/Controlling and Closing. We will dive deeper into each one of these phases

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Creating a Project Intake Process for Success

     Teams of all sizes know the pain of communication breakdowns between when a project or initiative is first introduced and when it is completed. Without a defined process, projects and initiatives are introduced through all different forms of communication whether that’s casually mentioning during a meeting, a phone call, chat in the hall, or sending an email, instant message, or text. This leads to communication breakdowns, lost initiatives, and often not completing the projects of the highest value but rather the projects requested by the “squeakiest wheel”. One of the easiest ways to overcome this is to

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