7 Project Management experts on Twitter you need to follow

Last month we introduced you to some influential and must-check-out-and-draw-insight-from productivity and time management gurus on Twitter. But as you know, Cronforce also targets project management, providing you with an extensive project cost management solution.

Which means that yes, we monitor the project management industry. You can also bet that we have some favorites among the people who make things happen there. Here’s our list of 7 project management personae who you might not know yet, but you should totally read, listen and follow.

Some important Twitter project management accounts to follow with Cronforce.

#1 Jurgen Appelo @jurgenappelo

Who: Jurgen has one of the catchiest Twitter descriptions ever. What matters more, however, is his motivation to spearhead revolution in company structure when it comes to management.

Why: We didn’t find Jurgen on Twitter, actually. What we came across was one of his Forbes articles ‚Äď “Managing in failure mode”. Concise and punchy, it resonated with us. Jurgen is a regular contributor at Forbes and you can check his other pieces here.

#2 Pawel Brodzinski @pawelbrodzinski

Who: Pawel is the leader of Lunar Logic where magical web apps get brewed and clients are left utterly satisfied. But he also has another side to him: the whiteboard junkie.

Why: We came across Pawel’s awesome presentation on Kanban theory. It’s great and you should watch it and draw some very important conclusions after doing so. Remember that we’re Kanban fans too?

#3 Elizabeth Harrin @pm4girls

Who: Elizabeth is pure class and reveals the world of project management from a professional’s perspective. Her insights are easy-going, yet you can truly see how much of a pro she is.

Why: Whichever article you grab off her website will be some time spent well. What we had a lot of fun with upon discovering her project management was (and still is!) her monthly “What I’m reading” series. You can check it out here and see her literary critic side too. We can be bookworms too! ūüôā

#4 Bob Sutton @workmatters

Who: It’s fairly hard to describe Bob Sutton in just a few words. You just have to witness his thought process and read a few pieces and you’ll understand why we have trouble putting our impression into words. His Twitter description summarizes “Stanford Professor who studies organizations”, but he’s way more than that.

Why: There’s a distinctive elegance in members of highly established academia who write on business topics (such as project management). It’s like a revelation of sorts. You can check why on Sutton’s website or simply read his “Trust the Evidence, not your Instincts” article written together with Jeffrey Pfeffer. Lots of workplace-related tips and insight that can be of use to¬†any employee…and any business of any scale.

#5 Susanne Madsen @SusanneMadsen

Who: Susanne has worked with jaw-dropping companies like Philips, ExxonMobil, Expedia and Citigroup. Not to mention academia such as Kingston University or Regent’s University. There’s a lot to be learned from her insight on project management, leadership and other crucial angles to getting things done.

Why: Her blog is a goldmine. Susanne’s article on working with remote teams hits all the right spots and gives some precious tips and advice. Cronforce is targeted at remote teams that want to improve their project management/communication so we know the remote team drill well enough.

The last two Twitter accounts we want to mention aren’t “people”, but they are run by distinguished professionals. In a way, contemporary project management wouldn’t be the same without them.

#6 Project Management Institute @PMInstitute

Who: PMI’s concept is clear: that’s the single most prestiguous membership association of project managers all over the world. Think of it as the ultimate project management treasure vault. A must for anyone interested in the industry.

Why: We don’t think there’s any reason to clarify why you would do well to check out PMI’s Twitter account. Just do it and be in touch with everything project management related.

#7 Atlassian JIRA @JIRA

Who: JIRA is the key to amazing software team management. From Kanban boards to Agile reports and a myriad of other features, we can’t recommend it enough.

Why: If your software team needs an intelligent, functional way to shoot projects and get stuff done flawlessly… That’s JIRA for you. What’s even better is combining JIRA with Cronforce (we’ve got a brilliant JIRA time tracking integration for that). This way you get double the opportunities and project management gets a ridiculously easy task. Your team will love you.

The Cronforce.com team.

Product management with Jira and Cronforce

Product management is the art of the process. To master that art in a modern environment, one needs to have the best tools of the trade. Jira is a best in class tool allowing for cloud-based process controlling and management.

Jira bridges the ever problematic gap between developers and management. However, Jira’s system is geared specifically towards product development, and does not include any time management. Via our established Jira integration, Cronforce aims at being the perfect complementary tool to allow for a comprehensive time and product management.

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The primary result of this integration is that while Jira offers product managers great flow control over every process and developer at your disposal, Cronforce allows for the management of the time of these developers and integrates that into the same framework. This streamlines the development process, making it efficient in both resource allocation and time.

But this integration goes even beyond the development team – offering time management for whole departments and staff in different sections of the company. For a tech company that has to juggle developers, marketing specialists, accountants and other different professionals, the seamless combination of Cronforce and Jira can be an important and invaluable tool, connecting and framing the activity of the development team via Jira to the rest of the company.

Moreover, by giving insights over the financial side of things, Cronforce turns Jira into something far more effective and comprehensive. Each process, performed by every member of staff, can be easily translated into time and money being either received or expended.

Product management is the art of the process. The integration of Cronforce with Jira allows for the best framework to master this art Рmanagement of every aspect of the project Рtime, finance and allocation of resources.

About Cronforce

Cronforce is a leading provider of cloud-based Business Execution Software, and delivers time tracking, vacations management, budget controlling and workforce planning solutions for organizations of all sizes. A one of a kind fusion of dashboards and business tools it provides you and your clients with real-time overview and reports on business and project developments. Cronforce facilitates day-to-day business and enables managers to make data-driven decisions and increase efficiency. With Cronforce you can access your data easily, anywhere and any time! Cronforce is free to test and use remove skin tags (check our free and paid plans).

The Cronforce.com Team

 

Cronforce releases Jira time tracking add-on

We are excited to announce that Cronforce is now part of the Atlassian Marketplace family. The many weeks of nextdaynootropics hard work together with the Jira team on a full integration with Jira is now over. Stay put though because there is more coming and we continue with some more integrations.

Here is a quick sneak peak:

time tracking in jira

The add-on allows you to:

  • run a timer directly from an issue, and see how much time was tracked
  • submit tracked time and comments to Cronforce by a single click
  • synchronize worklogs between JIRA and Cronforce
  • take a look at the jira addon time tracking video

In addition from Cronforce you can (requires 5 min. configuration):

  • track time on issues right from JIRA
  • import projects, tasks, ticket data and duration directly from JIRA
  • pull times based on employee request
  • create reports of your team’s workflow
  • organize your data from JIRA based issues, users, teams and projects

Enjoy and please feel free to contact us at support@cronforce.com if you need any help.

The Cronforce.com Team

Integrate with your favourite tools and Save your most valuable asset – your employees time!

In one of our previous articles we already talked about 10 Software Features that enable your employees to submit timesheets on-time. But undoubtedly there is more than just controlling on-time submissions. As a business owner you aim to maximise the return on each person.

Nowadays we enjoy a myriad of amazing cloud platforms that target business needs. In global businesses this means that you can have several payroll, CRM and project tracking suites used in parallel. At Cronforce we not only want to address your need but do it in a smooth and unobtrusive fashion and save your employee time. We do that through our advanced User Interface, engaging dashboards and most importantly with Integrations. Copying (thus duplicating) projects, tasks, employee data between systems is a real time killer and major source of employee frustration. So we take integrations very seriously. Here is an extensive list of tools we integrate with:

  • Google Apps
  • Development tools
    • Jira
    • Redmine
    • Fog Creek
  • Project Management
    • Trello
    • Basecamp
    • Asana
    • Podio
    • MS Project
    • Wrike
    • Redbooth
    • Teamwork
  • Accounting and Payroll
    • QuickBooks
    • Paychex
    • SagePay
    • InvoiceSherpa
  • ERP
    • SAP
    • Oracle JD Edwards
    • MS Dynamics Navision
  • Human Resources Software
    • Ceridian
    • ADP

This list may become out-of-date with time so feel free to check out our dedicated integrations page. Please keep in mind that some integrations come preconfigured and others on demand as the products we integrate with require manual setup.

About Cronforce

Cronforce is a leading provider of cloud-based Business Execution Software, and delivers time tracking, vacations management, budget controlling and workforce planning solutions for organizations of all sizes. A one of a kind fusion of dashboards as informative as Google Analytics and business modules as powerful as SAP that provides you and your clients with real-time overview and reports of business and project developments. The platform facilitates day-to-day business and enables managers to make data-driven decisions and increase efficiency. With Cronforce you can access your data easily, anywhere and any time!

The Cronforce.com Team

NEW: Track your Jira tasks with Cronforce

We use Jira every day and we are not the only ones. Jira is awesome and many businesses use it to control the development of their products.

The good news is that Cronforce.com now fully integrates with Jira. And by fully we mean also smartly: our tech team has put their heart and soul to literally take off the burden of time tracking from developers. How they did it:

  • Projects in Jira are matched 1:1 with projects in Cronforce
  • Tasks in Jira are matched 1:1 with tasks in Cronforce
  • Ticket data is transferred with one click from Jira into Cronforce
  • Ticket duration is also smartly filled in for you

What is left for you? You just have to press submit. If you get stuck please also check our Jira Integration Troubleshooting.

Now this is from the perspective of the developer but what about the managers? You will probably agree with our assumptions that 1. Engineers are some of your most expensive employees, and 2. timesheet take approximately half an hour each week.

Then just think about the following scenario: 30 min saved each week x 100 people equals 50 hours billable time. At a lets say a rate of 30 euro/hour this gives you 1 500 euro a week or approximate 6 000 euro a month. Instead of losing this amount you can invoice it to your clients for the extra work being delivered. By the way at the current rate Cronforce.com will cost you 500 euro for that period. A good deal, no?

The Cronforce.com Team