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3 Pitfalls for New Product Development Teams and How to Avoid Them

Shawn Dickerson
Shawn Dickerson

New product development teams are a bit of a square peg in a round hole. A very valuable peg, mind you, but a square one nonetheless. Particularly in industries like manufacturing, the new product development (NPD) team stands out from the rest of the organization. While the manufacturing process and the technology used to support it are designed to deliver efficiency, scale, and predictability, the needs of NPD teams are quite different. These groups require agility, speed, and collaboration to be successful. The net effect is that many NPD teams can’t derive the value they need from the large, complex product lifecycle... Read More


Driving Software Adoption Starts with Service

Shawn Dickerson
Shawn Dickerson

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Or at least that’s the concern many have when they roll out a new enterprise software solution, especially with work and project management software solutions. There is a worry that, after doling out a significant amount of money, no one will actually use it. One of the primary keys to widespread adoption of a new solution is ensuring that everyone sees its value and knows how to use it. The key is customized training when you first implement, and ongoing service thereafter. To make sure you get the adoption you need to be successful,... Read More


How to Show Time Sucks Who's Boss: Part 2

Welcome back! This is the second post in a two-part series (if you haven’t, go back and read the first one). We’ve already detailed how email and ad hoc work can suck incredible amounts of time from your day. Now, it’s time to wrap up this list with the final three time sucks we all encounter and how to show them who’s boss. 3. MEETINGS (AND PREPARING FOR MEETINGS) The Problem: Not only are workers faced with mountains of email every day and sideswiped by random work requests in the elevator; the number one time suck for employed individuals today is too... Read More


How to Show Time Sucks Who's Boss: Part 1

Shawn Dickerson
Shawn Dickerson

The workplace is riddled with distractions that keep you from staying on task and knocking out your to-do list (see our new infographic "Marketing March Madness: The Top Marketing Inefficiencies"). These time sucks come in many shapes and sizes—everything from the guy who’s walking around the office on his phone to the growing number of emails in your inbox. The workplace is a noisy, busy, distracting place and it’s hard to get things done if you don’t know how to tackle these interruptions. This two-part series will detail five common time sucks and simple fixes you can use to show them who’s boss. 1. EMAIL The... Read More


3 Ways One Workfront Customer Conquered Adoption

In the traditional world of portfolio and project management, software adoption isn’t generally a top priority. As long as the project team has an adequate way to track tasks and timelines, it’s assumed that emails and status meetings can take care of the rest. But a growing number of companies are starting to recognize the huge productivity and efficiency gains that are possible when stakeholders throughout the company—not just the PMO—adopt a single solution. In fact, if we look at the experience of hundreds of Workfront customers over past several years, a very compelling trend begins to emerge: If a company surpasses... Read More