Time tracking has been a tough subject in the project management world from the day one. On one hand it is a greatly useful tool to help push your business forward. On another hand it is a burdensome task to control your employees. With two greatly different takes on the topic, there is no wonder the opinion of the practice is not great. But is it right? Well it all depends on how you use…
Time tracking is often seen as a controversial project management practice. While it cannot be denied that it is very useful in optimizing processes and tracking the project, some see it as a device to control or even punish the team. It is important to strike the balance where both the manager and the team feel comfortable in using it and enjoy doing so. Keeping that in mind when designing Eylean Board we made sure…
Quest for the best mix of project management tools is known to new and veteran managers both. While the supply of such solutions has grown immensely over the years, instead of making the decision easier it actually made it much more difficult. Choosing the right tool for the job, not getting influenced and derailed from your actual needs is what we seek to do, but often fail simply because of the overwhelming information available. To make this decision a little easier, we decided to narrow things down to five categories of tools you will need for your next project.
Few projects can happen with no project management, we need to have order and known when the things are supposed to be done. To make this goal as easy as possible, you will need some sort of project management tool or software. Choose what fits your style and the team you are working with – some will do just fine with a whiteboard and markers, while others will feel more comfortable with a specified software like Eylean Board designed to handle large projects. In any case, this will be crucial to your progress as you will plan, monitor and execute the work ahead according to this tool.
Time tracking has proven time and time again to be an asset in business management. However, to achieve the great results, it takes every single employee to practice personal time tracking. Here is where businesses are facing troubles and the team of Eylean was no exception.
From the very beginning of deciding to track time, the company is faced with two choices – passive or active. Passive time tracking means tracking time as you are working and stopping the clock every time you take a break, go for lunch or end your work day. On the other hand, active time tracking is in some ways the opposite – you do the work and only after finishing, enter the time spent on each task. Therefore, the first choice means extensive time consumption on the tracking efforts themselves, while the second does not provide accurate time reports the management is looking for. Either way, the tracked data is vulnerable to human error – from forgetting to stop the clock to forgetting how much time it took.
Time tracking is a common curse word in the office. Once mentioned it often creates panic and confusion not only between the employees but between the managers as well. However, despite its bad reputation, the concept has proven time and time again to bring great benefits beneath those of simply keeping time. This week we decided to share a story about one of our clients that benefitted greatly from simply starting to track time.
The client is a Lithuanian accounting firm that offers business consultancy and other services on the side. The company has been growing and expanding for years, all the while, little attention has been paid to not only growing the business but also to implementing the right processes. It all changed a little over a year ago, when the management decided to fix the messy processes in order to bring efficiency and clarity into the day to day operations. That is when they found us.
Time tracking is a valuable concept for many projects. It allows managers and team members to organize their work more efficiently, plan ahead, complete projects on time and within budget. However, in reality most of the time tracking attempts fail within the first few months of being implemented and while the teams and projects where time tracking is implemented are quite different, the reasons why time tracking does not work are more or less the same.
Time tracking has evolved a great deal from the initial time sheets that were used to calculate the payroll of the employees. While it is still being used in that manner, a lot of additional uses such as project time estimation, project cost and employee productivity have been found. However, despite all the benefits that time tracking may bring to the team, there are still problems that managers are facing when trying to implement it and the first one they usually come upon is the human factor.