71% of respondents admit that their work is interrupted, at least from time to time according to audits that are aimed at gaining more visibility into daily operations. Those audits, mostly aimed at finding and preventing inner company risks are purely the product of poor visibility of the work environment. At the same time, it is quite possible to avoid those audits and thus work interruptions when you have enough visibility into what is going on. For example, such risk as unauthorized budget spending is almost impossible to take place when you have all of your expenses and budgets in one system, along with their approval processes. The system is always up-to-date if it is an online business process management solution which provides holistic real-time control over departmental work.
Actually, everything is tracked via documents – company budget, purchase requests, customer orders, etc. And today every document is an electronic document – it is created on a PC and stored as a file or as a record in a database. Paper-only documents are almost obsolete (thank God).
Let’s create a scenario.
You’re the CEO of a mid-sized company that’s continually expanding, therefore, with considerable staffing requirements. For every position that opens, around 20 candidates become interested. From the pool of 20, some submit every required paper work while others need to be reminded several times to remember. From those who are offered a job contract, some turn down the offer without batting an eyelash while others need time to think things through.
My fellow-programmers started a new project. They rented a small office, stuffed it with computers and started development with a team of 10 people. This was 6 years ago, now it’s a medium-size company with their own clients and thousands of supporters in social media.
You might have watched an episode of a TV series, where a guy has travelled through the US and sold vacuum cleaners to housewives. He rang the doorbell and offered to clean one of the rooms in the house just to demonstrate his product – early fifties.
It is awesome when you already have automated processes and improved performance inside your department with some kind of a good process management system. Yet the gold mine is hidden elsewhere. When you want to bring your company to a new level of performance, when you seek to make a difference in the market, you need to act at a higher level improving cross-departmental operations. Tasks which are not lost on the way from one department to another, is a high priority matter which is tied up with much bigger budgets and benefit.
We had this problem when we were preparing the documentation: different people on our team were preparing some parts of material and it was absolutely impossible to come to the office in the morning and find out if there were already some papers prepared and if you could use them for your work. Emails didn’t help much because there were times when somebody forgot to notify you about a newly created document and you could only find out about its very existence from a 3rd party only when it’s already too late: you had done all the research yourself and created your own paper.
When your company gets an invoice from an electric company, your president does not simply open his safe and get money from there like it was 150 years ago. Today companies register all accounts payable in specialized accounts payable tracking software, for their comfort, cost and time savings. Comindware Tracker Finance and Back Office Administration Solution offers a perfect accounts payable tracking software automation facility.
Today we’re going to touch upon the slippery subject of health & safety incidents which is not only interesting to safety engineers. First of all, whenever a health & safety incident occurs, it is not only human life and health which is in danger (and is precious). The company budget may suffer from huge compensation claims for these issues. That is why not only preventing health & safety incidents, but also their careful investigation is crucial. When we say investigation, we don’t mean that the person to blame needs to be found, but rather a careful investigation needs to be carried out to find the root of the problem in order to prevent incidents from happening in the future.
Today I’m going to tell you about how Comindware Tracker can help you in the case when you start working as the project manager on a project you have little knowledge of. Of course, information from this article will be useful to experienced project leaders too. But, most probably, they have already discovered best practices to manage their projects. So, my main audience for today is ‘accidental’ project managers.