Our developers presented us with an ultimatum today.
Running a list of marketing to-do’s through TeamLab’s reports make it easier for shorter Monday stand-up meetings.
thanks to groupon i got a free bottle of garcinia cambogia
Do you know what date it is today? Today is our favorite day!
Exactly three years ago we launched TeamLab as a simple collaboration platform. Started with pure “Community” module it has grown into a full-featured cloud office, used by more than 100,000 collaborators every month. Today we’re celebrating another birthday of our project and want to thank you all for being with us and helping to make TeamLab better.
But, do we have any long-term residents here?
Little presents keep a friendship alive or *BIRTHDAY SALE!*
TeamLab is 3 years old today, so we thought 3 months for free would be a good seasonable gift. Get 25% discount for TeamLab Office annual subscription using the following coupon code*:
Hurry up! This is a time-limited offer valid until July, 15.
So, What’s the Next Step, Whiz Kid?
- Gantt Chart
- Mobile Application for Projects (iOS)
- Automated Partners Program
- CRM Enhancement
- Spreadsheets co-editing
Congratulations, questions and comments are welcome as always!
* the discount coupon is activated when you make a payment for the portal. It will be active till the 15th of July 2013. Please, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page.
We are very excited to announce that the Hybrid Version of TeamLab Office is finally out!
After a warm welcome of TeamLab 7.0 in December of 2012 we received a lot of requests for more flexible terms of platform deployment, so the appearance of another solution was merely a matter of time. Today we are ready to spring a surprise for the needy coming up with something more technologically advanced than a regular server solution.
The Hybrid Cloud solution has its name for a reason. Basically, it embodies the advantages of private and public clouds. The data that needs to be secure (Projects, CRM, Document, Community) is stored in your private cloud. Additional services like Online Office Apps and email notifications are provided from a public cloud, allowing us to take care of their maintenance and constantly update them.
Choosing Hybrid Cloud deployment you are entering the stage of a cutting-edge technology that gives you the following advantages:
- Independence from vendor minimizes technical failure risks and guarantees data security;
- Opportunity to choose a close server for data storage makes workflow as dynamic as it can possibly be;
For private Teamlab Office deployment you are able to choose between two options:
- Virtual machine with the pre-configured TeamLab Office within Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
- Windows servers with Hyper-V support.
Of course, you must be curious about the prices. The good news is that they are almost absolutely identical to the SaaS-version. This holds true for subscription differentiation based on the amount of portal users and availability of the trial period.
See the deployment details for TeamLab Hybrid Cloud solution here and please, feel free to share your thoughts in comments, we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Everything is a project
Projects happen no matter what your office infrastructure looks like. And sometimes you aren’t even aware there are projects going on. They’re called tasks, assignments, must-do’s, emergencies, new initiatives, and whatever that darn supervisor wants done this week. But in reality, they’re all projects to some degree. Big and small, long or short, cheap or expensive…they are all projects.
Now bear in mind, these don’t all need project managers. At least not ‘formal’ trained project managers in the sense that we’re all thinking. They need a task master or leader or go-to person. They need a manager with some subordinates to get the delegated work done. But they don’t need a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) or a project manager with a lot of experience. They need someone to oversee it and make sure the work gets done. Period.
Likewise, on the other side of the coin we have the detailed projects that are what we might think of as ‘official’ projects. Well planned out, estimated, a gathered or planned team, a formal project manager in place and an executive or two in the company who seem very interested in what’s happening. Oh yes, and a customer who actually needs the work done. That maybe an internal customer like a director of a business unit or an external customer like the project sponsor at the organization who is purchasing the implementation of your customizable software solution.
Should you have a PMO?
So those are the projects you might see happening in your own organization. The question is, do you need a Project Management Office (PMO) in place to be a central repository for the leadership of those projects? Is that really necessary? The answer is…sort of.
I’ve worked in organizations that had PMOs and ones that did not. Most places I’ve worked with or for since the 2000s have had a PMO in place or were building one. Were they all successful? Not even close. But they were trying….and in the case of one organization they kept trying…and trying…and trying. But there was a PMO. What the PMO does allow for is this: a central organization where projects can be sent to be prioritized, led, monitored, and reported on. It becomes much harder to do those things if you’re projects are being led in units or departments all over the company. That’s fine – usually – if it’s only the small stuff. But the larger projects will almost always benefit from the more organized processes that even a structurally unsound PMO can provide. What the PMO likely brings to the table that the adhoc leadership of projects throughout an organization will never be able to supply consistently are these:
- High level oversight of all critical projects including prioritization
- Trained project leadership available for all critical projects
- A standardized process for leading projects
- A standardized reporting mechanism to organizational leadership on each project and project portfolios or groups of projects
- A repository of project knowledge (hopefully) from the good and the bad things learned on previous projects (aka, lessons learned)
- Templates for use for leading projects and for the key deliverables that are required on most projects
So, bottom line, does your organization need a PMO? My answer is – if you’re serious about your projects, if you frequently or even occasionally have large scale mission critical projects or at least high dollar projects, and if you are interested in project successes that can be built upon and repeated – then, yes. It’s a good idea to construct a formal project management office, train your organization on how to initiate projects within the PMO and staff it with professionals who know what they are doing. Your project success will pay for it tenfold in the long run.
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Great leaders learn every day, and reading great books is the one of the best ways to learn. I’ve been fortunate enough to read some excellent books over the last fifteen years - books that have inspired me to change the way I see the world, my business, and the opportunities in front of me. In the order in which I’ve read them, here is a list of nine books which have changed my life. May they change yours as well:
1) What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career Seekers by Richard Bolles
I read this book when I was 21 years old and didn’t know what to do with the rest of my life. It helped me go from a Crunch n Munch vendor at the ballpark to a top salesperson at Radio Disney. Ffifteen years later, I have given at least 40 copies away to interns, staff and friends who are searching for their career purpose. It’s difficult work - because not only will you read the book, but you’ll have to do a lot of exercises and soul searching throughout - but whether you’re 21 or 61, you’ll emerge with a clearer vision of what you want to do next and where you’ll want to work.
No author has influenced me more as a marketer, business person and writer than Seth Godin. I could have easily included 9 books just by Godin - Purple Cow, Tribes, Linchpin, Poke the Box & his latest, Icarus Deception are all amongst my favorites. But Permission Marketing described social media marketing before it existed. Seth understood push-vs-pull marketing long before others, and this book, published in 1999, is still a must read for anyone in marketing today.
3) The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
This classic, one of three by Gladwell (Blink & Outliers are the others), demonstrates how successful products are launched, how ideas spread and how a trend can take off. It’s influenced me a great deal, as a word of mouth and social media marketer. And it’s an essential read, whether you’re in marketing or sales, or just want to become better at getting your ideas to spread.
4) Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap - and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
Collins is scientist of great companies - and this is his best work - chock full of case studies and simple yet profound principles like Level 5 Leadership. Even though I read this book when my company was only a handful of employees, it inspired me to want to build something great, and enduring. Whether you work at a large company that has the potential itself to become great and enduring, or you have a vision of a company you’d like to one day build, this is a must-read.
It’s hard to believe I even had a business before I read this book by the founder of my favorite business group, Entrepreneurs Organization. Verne’s 1-page strategic plan is now used by both companies I’ve founded, and thousands of other companies. And our management teams use much of the methodology from this book. What’s great is that it’s both inspirational and quite practical - an excellent read for any entrepreneur or manager at a small business.
This is a must read for any small business owner - especially “technical” owners such as lawyers, accountants, florists, restaurateurs, consultants and dentists. Gerber inspires the small business owner to get out of his/her own way, and to build systems and processes that scale and allow the business owner to work “on” the business and not “in” the business.
7) Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrilow
Make no mistake - if you are an owner or leader at a business - this is a great, super valuable read, even if you or your owners have no intention or ever selling the business. The idea isn’t to create a business in order to sell it - it’s to create a business that has sustaining value beyond you and without you. Warrilow’s book is a short, easy story - with powerful, unforgettable lessons - so much so, that after my business partner and I read it, we gave copies to the entire Likeable team to read.
No matter what you do, this easy read will change the way you think about your work. It is so simply written, with small words and big pictures - and yet contains profound wisdom about how to be more productive and successful without being a workaholic or sacrificing anything. I read it in an hour on a plane, and have since shared it with two dozen colleagues, and referred back to it myself at least a dozen times.
Along with Seth Godin, Patrick Lencioni is my favorite business author. I’ve read and love The Advantage, Getting Naked, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and The Five Tempations of a CEO. But the reason I’ve selected this one as my favorite, is that, as I’ve written before here, our ultimate legacy isn’t our career, but our family. In this book, Lencioni applies his management consulting methodology and brilliant storytelling ability to the running of a family. It’s amazing how little strategy most of us parents apply to the most important organization we’ve got, our families, and this book helps change all that. Six months after my wife and I read this book, I’m proud to report that our family now has a strategic plan, complete with a mission statement, quarterly objectives, and weekly 10-minute meetings. And it’s going GREAT.
Those are my nine favorites- though I’ve read dozens more I’ve loved. I’ve also written a couple of books that I hope have changed a few lives - Likeable Social Media, about the role of social media in today’s society and how organizations can best leverage it, and, recently, Likeable Business, about how to leverage 11 simple principles of customer-centric, staff-centric leadership to succeed in today’s social-business world.
Now, I’d love to know YOUR favorites. Which of these books have you read? What other business books have changed YOUR lives? What books have inspired YOU to become a better business person, leader and human being? Let me know in the comments here - and happy reading!
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