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We’re really excited to be releasing a new Gantt view this week. This is an initial step in our move towards a more visual approach to workflow management for creative agencies. Our goal is to ultimately make the planning process easier and faster, and adding the Gantt view is the newest enhancement to the scheduling and tasking module of Function Point.

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When you start your search for a project workflow software solution to help you manage your business, it's common to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and ideas that, let's face it, all eventually start to blur together!  

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We’ve helped hundreds of creative firms find the right project workflow software for their business and sometimes that means recommending other solutions. We know that the buying process can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! Finding the right software is just like hiring an employee. 

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“fp. listens. If we have product improvement suggestions they listen and often incorporate those into their ongoing software updates. Not to say they do every crazy thing we suggest, but the stuff that makes sense for all their clients always make it into the updates.” - John W. Penney from BlackDog Advertising.

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Function Point Project Management Software has been expanding throughout the years into Spanish-speaking regions, ranging from Mexico to Columbia. Si Señor! We are proud to be part of the Latin community. These regions have unique needs and when it comes to work management softwarecommunication is key.

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Implementing a workflow tool can provide many benefits including increased productivity, better decision making, improved justification of your decisions and resources to management, and increased control over your resources. These deployments can be expensive — both in terms price and expended resources — and since switching costs are so high it’s important to get the vendor decision right the first time!

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It’s a whole new year, which means many people are working on improving their habits, getting healthy, and being a better version of themselves. In the same way that people are working on improving their own bodies, a new year is also a great time to improve the health of your creative agency with a project management software.

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One of my favorite things about onsite consulting is listening to agencies discuss their workflows. Sometimes, it’s very cut-and-dried: “Our client sends in a work order. We respond with a proposal. The client approves it, and we schedule the job. When it’s done, we invoice it for 100% of our time and expenses.”

 

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I was reading a recent article on Advertising Age titled “Why Growth Is Killing Digital Agencies". Within this article, they say the biggest problem with growth within an agency is management.

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As an onboarding consultant, I always get the most “oohs” and “ahhs” when I cover how scheduling jobs can boost an agency’s profitability. Specifically, people are excited to learn how schedules can help improve the accuracy of their estimates, identify high priority tasks, ensure they have the right resources working on a job, and extract reports with better quality data.  

 

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