The Top 6 Pressures Facing Services Firms Blog Series: Eroding Margins

The services industry is experiencing new types of pressures that are changing businesses around the world. In this blog series, we will examine the six major pressures facing services firms today, their causes, and how you can successfully respond.

Read our previous entries about short-term, project-based work, remote teams, increased competition, greater transparency, and expectations of breakneck speed.

In 2020, Marketers Must Keep Their Eyes on the Ball

In 2020, marketers may find themselves learning a thing or two from sports teams. In this article, Jen Dodos explains how marketers can get their houses in order, maximize what they have, and keep their eye on the ball for a successful year.

When it comes to planning for the year ahead, we marketers are often inundated with lists of technologies to buy or processes to implement. While some of these suggestions can be useful, I think that in 2020, we should get back to basics. For the sports...

Does Your Agency Have a Process Bottleneck? Here’s How to Find Out

Does it seem as if, no matter how many improvements you make to your project management strategy, there’s always something holding your agency back?

Common Spreadsheet Problems (and How They Affect Business)

Spreadsheets, both physical and digital, have long been an integral part of business processes. Today, programs like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets are used by companies across every industry around the world for resource management, project management, accounting, and much much more.

Understanding the Best Project Management Software

The right project management software can make or break the efficiency and performance of a team.

The best project management software will not only help you track where you are at any given time with a particular project, but it will also help you plan your resources in a way that minimizes the time it will take to complete a project, best utilizes employee time and skills, and maximizes profit and performance.

What to Look for in Easy-to-Use Project Management Software

When most companies are looking to implement new project management software, their first question is “what project management software is the easiest to use?” Most of us know that the benefits of a project management software tool can be great—from maximizing efficiency to increasing profitability—but if the software isn’t easy to use, then no one will use it.

Retention Strategies for Millennials (& How to Keep Them Happy)

Millennials are not only the future of employment in the services industry, they have slowly become a major force within businesses everywhere. This generation of workers has forever changed the workplace environment and it is critical that companies understand how to meet their cultural expectations in order to retain them.

10 Steps to Successful Process Governance

Consistency in execution and commitment to high quality of work are key success factors for every services business. Ensuring that all team members meet these standards can be difficult, but enforcing process consistency can make a huge difference.

Why the Professional Services Project Life Cycle Needs More Focus on Collaboration

The standard project life cycle has been used by countless companies to manage their business processes for many years despite the growing complexities surrounding project management. However, the complexities involved in professional services organization projects have reached a critical point where a new life cycle model is required for success.

Is Your Technology Causing More Problems Than It’s Solving?

Note: This is an excerpt from our ebook, “Can Technology Accelerate Your Services Business?” Download the full ebook to learn more.

Even with an abundance of innovative ERP, PSA, and other project management, resource management, collaboration, and productivity tools in place—or perhaps because of these—there are gaps that exist. These gaps are often filled with manual procedures and spreadsheets, creating significant operating challenges.

What is Project Management Software Used For?

When most people think about project management software, the first thing that comes to mind is task scheduling and tracking. However, a good project management software is much more than that.

Great project management software will help you design a wireframe for your project to organize, plan, track, and execute as efficiently as possible. It also helps you manage resources to optimize profit margins and performance.

How to Build a Sustainable Business

Sustainability is a more important issue for businessesaround the world than ever.

Sustainable resources help eliminate waste and support healthier environments while allowing organizations to continue to provide the services and products that their clients demand. Most often, the term “sustainability” is used in regards to physical goods that have an impact on our ecosystem and preserving the planet.

How Does Project Management Software Improve the Project Lifecycle?

Most project managers follow a four-step project lifecycle to move a project from inception to completion. Not only is this process the lifeblood of a project manager; it is also the lifeblood of a services company. After all, it is only through the repeated completion of successful projects that revenue is generated.

While the progression of a project naturally follows this lifecycle, most savvy project managers have intentional processes at each step of the lifecycle to drive production...

How Continuous Delivery Enables High-Performing Technology Organizations

CTOs and other technology leaders face a difficult challenge: How do we get board members and fellow executives to understand how well an R&D team is performing? The short answer is by demonstrating value, which lies in working software. The faster we deliver software, the more value we show. The best way to quickly deliver software is to create a high-performing technology organization (aka an engineering team) by establishing continuous delivery.

Client Success: Taylors Improves Utilization Rates by 15% with Mavenlink

Taylors Development Strategists is an Australia-based urban planning and civil engineering organization that has worked in urban development, project strategy, and delivery for more than 50 years. Learn how Mavenlink supported Taylors’ international growth and improved utilization rates throughout the organization.