Anyone using project management software @ work?

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Mon, 19 January 2009 08:27 Go to next message
Smurfy (Photoshop expert)
Hey,

Our design company is looking to structure itself better. After using
excel-based timesheets for 15 years (ugh), we're looking to switch to an
intranet-based project management system to track projects' evolution, hours
invested, company billing, etc. Or rather, a bunch of us in management are
looking to convince the higher-ups that this is now necessary.

Basically, we're looking to adopt a system like Jira
(http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/) or Fogbugz
(http://www.fogcreek.com/FogBUGZ/).

So I was wondering if there was either :

1) A well-recognized industry leader in project management software (like
Wordpress is to blogs)

2) Or, alternatively, a Graphic Design-specific project management system

Either of the two would certainly re-assure my superiors enough to go ahead
with the idea. Being able to do all our billing with the same software would
also be a tremendous plus.

Thanks!
Mon, 19 January 2009 09:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
John J (Photoshop expert)
Adam wrote:
> Hey,
>
> Our design company is looking to structure itself better. After using
> excel-based timesheets for 15 years (ugh), we're looking to switch to an
> intranet-based project management system to track projects' evolution, hours
> invested, company billing, etc. Or rather, a bunch of us in management are
> looking to convince the higher-ups that this is now necessary.

Then what you want is a genuine Material Requirements Planning
(MRP,MRPII) system in conjunction with a Critical Path Precedence
Modeling system (as you imagine it with visual charts (Gant), to show
the chain of dependencies over a project's lifetime.

Or continue with the Mickey Mouse amateur crap you point to.

> Either of the two would certainly re-assure my superiors enough to go ahead
> with the idea. Being able to do all our billing with the same software would
> also be a tremendous plus.

Your superiors are not likely smart enough or motivated enough to
consider a real solution because they have not come up with the same to
date.

--
JJ with decades of experience in MRPII
Mon, 19 January 2009 11:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Nucular Reaction (Photoshop begginer)
On Mon, 19 Jan 2009 08:22:48 -0600, John J <nohj@droffats.ten> wrote:

>Adam wrote:
>> Hey,
>>
>> Our design company is looking to structure itself better. After using
>> excel-based timesheets for 15 years (ugh), we're looking to switch to an
>> intranet-based project management system to track projects' evolution, hours
>> invested, company billing, etc. Or rather, a bunch of us in management are
>> looking to convince the higher-ups that this is now necessary.
>
>Then what you want is a genuine Material Requirements Planning
>(MRP,MRPII) system in conjunction with a Critical Path Precedence
>Modeling system (as you imagine it with visual charts (Gant), to show
>the chain of dependencies over a project's lifetime.
>
>Or continue with the Mickey Mouse amateur crap you point to.

Apparently you think that insulting the listener will make you sound
powerful, right?

>> Either of the two would certainly re-assure my superiors enough to go ahead
>> with the idea. Being able to do all our billing with the same software would
>> also be a tremendous plus.
>
>Your superiors are not likely smart enough or motivated enough to
>consider a real solution because they have not come up with the same to
>date.

....and insulting the listener's superiors has to make you even more
powerful, right?

>--
>JJ with decades of experience in MRPII

How did you get decades of experience in anything when you have the
mindset and attitude of an adolescent? More likely, you have decades
of experience being ignored because you're bascically an asshole.
Mon, 19 January 2009 11:22 Go to previous message
John J (Photoshop expert)
Nucular Reaction wrote:

> How did you get decades of experience in anything when you have the
> mindset and attitude of an adolescent? More likely, you have decades
> of experience being ignored because you're bascically an asshole.

Nah. I just resent amateur management.

If you use Adobe products, you might want to look into their
server-based version and data management system.
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