ManagePro Newsletter – September 2015
1. Let’s Go Deeper
2. Magic Wish
3. Status Update on Outlook Add-in & Mobile Version
We’d like to dig into how you use ManagePro. Don’t worry, it’s for your benefit, and hopefully in the next few minutes we can get a couple of light bulbs to go on.
Here’s the thing: If your use of ManagePro is limited to any of the following, you’re not getting a lot of value out of the program, and you’ll have a tough time getting anyone to join you in the process.
One of the interesting things I’ve noticed is that often people who use the program minimally, have created such a big structure that they don’t know what to do with it. It’s almost like they lost a sense of where to go or how to use ManagePro to create value, once they get what feels like an overwhelming, awkward list of projects and tasks showing up on the screen.
Did you catch the distinction? Stay focused on what creates high value for you, not on having “everything in its place” as the end goal. Otherwise, once you get everything in the program, that you believe is needed to feel organized or complete, it can feel disarmingly like too much to keep up. If this sounds like you, you probably recognize that feeling of it not being clear as to what to do next and you can’t see how to use it all going forward.
If so, the solution is to get much more single focused on what you want to start using ManagePro to accomplish and go deeper. Let me use the table with its examples to explain what I mean:
If you’re going to manage projects, just start with the most important and do it right (define the outcome and anticipated obstacles in the Requirements field, build a task outline that reflects your logic for solving, only add the tasks that you are prepared to post progress updates against, review entered progress updates by way of your project review, e.g. use the tool correctly so you get lots of value. If you’re going to use it to manage people, think about again just focusing on what creates the most value to track. Think 80/20 through all of this.
The whole point is use ManagePro to create value for you in your business context, and typically that doesn’t start with throwing everything and the kitchen sink into it. Start small, and focus on what will save you time, money or stress, and don’t expand until you’ve got that down pat. Make sense?
2. Magic Wish
Let me explain. Recently we have been interviewing a few of you, our customers, to see what you would like in the next version of ManagePro. The reason we are doing that is because we would like to shift away from simply adding more features (I bet you think we already have too many, perhaps an intimidating level of too many). Instead of adding more features, we would like to move ManagePro to a more targeted solution.
Our problem is that we’re not exactly sure what’s that “1 problem” that would be worth it to solve for you and your direct reports. Some of you have been mildly interested if we made it easier to tie compensation, like % of bonus, into completion of goals. But the interest has been, shall we say, lukewarm.
So here’s the question:
If you had a magic wish and ManagePro would give you the platform and tools to solve one key problem, what would that problem be… what would the solution look like? It has to be a problem that you would be glad to spend the money on getting it solved. If that question doesn’t do it, imagine if you were to put 10 of your direct reports on ManagePro, what would be the single biggest problem they would use it to solve… that currently isn’t being addressed well enough?
While you’re thinking about it, would you go down to the comments and leave your suggestion for us there. I would really appreciate it.
3. Status Update
We always like to keep you posted on what we are working on, so here’s a quick summary:
- We’ve released a completely rewritten Outlook add-in program for those of you using Cloud. It has a much improved synchronization and email drag and drop functionality. It you are using the Outlook add-in, be sure to check with us to get updated, we’re offering the upgrade for free.
- We’re almost finished (expect to be done before the end of the month) on an upgrade to our speed and durability in syncing for ManagePro Plus users, and speed of connection for ManagePro Smart users. We’ll be sending out a notice to all of you Plus and Smart users as soon as we are ready for you to update your version.
- Finally, we’re making good progress on a mobile version of ManagePro. At this point we have to-dos and calendar events working on the mobile app, and we’ll be moving on to Main Workspace records next.