Project Insight's 2017
2017 has been an exciting year of growth for Project Insight® and we couldn't have done it without you! 🎉
2017 marks Project Insight's 15 year anniversary! We've come a long way from dial-up and using post-it notes as project reminders. As automation becomes more and more ingrained in everyday business processes, Project Insight has continually been at the forefront, helping teams Work Better Together™! Of course, our success is much attributed to our loyal users who keep us inspired and wanting to do better everyday. So here's what we've been up to this year.
1. VSTS & Jira Integrations Added to our Software
In February, Project Insight announced two new integrations to our software! The first was with Microsoft's Team Foundation Server (VSTS - Visual Studio Team System), most commonly used by software development teams. We also were pleased to announce our integration with Jira, the software development tool used by agile teams.
2. Patent-pending for VirtualPM™
Project Insight is the first project management company to build a patent-pending "project concierge" - known as a VirtualPM™ - to facilitate interactions between project managers and resources. Leveraging popular teaming solutions, such as Slack, PI injects intelligent characters into teaming solutions to help project managers track, praise, record, and do a lot of the busy-work project managers do on a daily basis. This leaves more time for analysis and insight-generation for stakeholders so that projects remain on-time and on-budget. Read the full article here.
3. Two New Platforms!
CEO and co-founder Steve West brought his vision of providing project management solutions for teams of all sizes and budgets by introducing two new platforms this year - PI#team™ and PI#smallbiz™ in addition to our PI#enterprise™ edition. 4. Calvin Hsu named Director of Sales
PI#team is our free project management software with advanced functionality. The platform combines simple project management with team communication apps like Slack to help your team Work Better Together™. Sign up FREE here.
PI#smallbiz was designed specifically for growing teams. Our small company solution gives your team the core resources needed to successfully deliver projects from start to finish. Start your FREE 14-day trial now!
The formal announcement of Calvin Hsu's promotion to Director of Sales came in June of this year. Calvin, who has worked with the company for over six years now, has been an integral part of Project Insight and customer success. Congrats! 🎉 Read the full article here.
5. Named "Best Project Management Solution" at the 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards
This award speaks for itself 😉. It was truly an honor to receive recognition for everything we've been working toward. Since then we've continued on our path of growth and helping teams work better together. Thank you for believing in us and going along for the ride! Read the official announcement here.
6. VirtualPM officially in the Slack Directory
We were over the moon when Slack approved our VirtualPM add-on! We received the exciting news that we were officially added to their directory earlier this month. Now, Project Insight and Slack users could easily sync communication between both platforms effortlessly. Cheers to that! Read the official press release here.7. Featured in Inc. Magazine
Gimme an "I!" Gimme an "N!" Gimme a "C!" What does that spell? In all seriousness, we were honored to be featured in Inc. Magazine's Winter 2017-2018 issue. The article titled, "Project Management: Not Just for the Big Guys Anymore," discusses how smaller companies are thriving due in part to affordable project management solutions. Keep your eye out for the online edition of the article coming later this month. Read the official press release here.8. New Website Design!
Did you notice? In working towards providing a greater user experience, our marketing and dev teams came together to create something beautiful. After months of conceptualizing, we brought our new website look to life. We hope you enjoy!
Here was our year in numbers
More than 180,000 post-it notes spared
Over 100 hours of PI® "Office Hours" held
Over 60,000 email subscribers (And counting!)
Over 50 hours of live webinars given and added to our library
Over 14 million tasks and issues worked on across all PI platforms
Over 500 brainstorm sessions to conceptualize how to improve the PI user experience
5 new PI#pros joined our team! (Our sales and marketing departments grew for the best! ❤️)
Our PI#pros traveled more than 40,000 miles to ensure proper software implementation for our clients
At least 350+ PMs resting a bit easier due to project visibility provided by PI
Top 5 BlogsHere are the top 5 blogs, written by leading PM experts that gained the most traction throughout the year
Managing Agile and Waterfall Types of Projects in One Solution
"Agile and Waterfall approaches both seek to manage change, risk and uncertainty in different ways. Agile opens the project to change and addresses uncertainty by breaking the project into small manageable parts, e.g., sprints, that can be planned with a high degree of certainty. The Waterfall approach seeks stability by establishing relatively firm requirements and designs early in project life and limiting change. Contrary to popular belief the two approaches are compatible and can be managed with the same solution - a project planning and control process, using an appropriate PM toolset."
6 Best Techniques to Manage Disagreements in Your Team
"On average, each employee spends more than two hours a week in some sort of conflict management, which in total generates millions of unproductive work days annually.
This fact is an enormous burden for team managers, who need to detect problems and solve them in a timely manner. It’s always a delicate mediation process which has a few rules of its own. In this article, we are going to describe the 6 best techniques to manage disagreements in your team."
11 Tips to Get the Most Out of Project Management Software
"Anyone operating the system knows enough to make the most of the scheduling, task managing, and time tracking, as well as contact and calendar sharing, however few project managers use any extra features. While their project is planned, and they may be on budget, they may have missed out on some opportunities. Follow these tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your software and staying one step ahead of your competitors."
Ask Angela - How to Turn Around a Project Not Going as Planned
"Nobody likes dealing with unhappy clients; or friends, co-workers and family for that matter. Generally we like to avoid it but as Project Managers, it’s simply part of our job. There are going to be those projects that just don’t go according to plan. Learn how to turn around a project with these quick tips."
Lessons Learned - 8 Business EQ Strategies
We can't wait to see what successful projects you deliver in 2018!
"The formal description of Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ) is the capability of individuals to recognize their own, and other people’s emotions, to discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and to manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goals. Our business EQ is the ability to manage the 8 critical key emotions/behaviors that determine success in different work situations. Read about the 8 different emotions and behaviors that work best when applied to business strategy."