The way we need to work

Dec 17, 2018

Do you have software that you hate using? Is it too complex? Do you only have access to critical information, files, and documents at the office?

Editor’s note: ProjectBoss was a sponsor of the 2018 Hot Firm + AE Industry Awards Conference in Dallas.

“Technology presumes there’s just one right way to do things and there never is.” – Robert M. Pirsig

Too often, technology tries to make people work and think a certain way. From overly complicated user interfaces to poorly designed tools, people waste countless frustrating hours trying to get software and other technologies to work the way they want, and need, it to work.

We kept this in mind while building our business and project management platform. Architects and engineers want to work the way they are used to working, not how a group of software developers feel they should work. This led to us creating multiple ways to create, manage, and track projects. Some project managers were accustomed to using Microsoft Project, so we included Gantt chart functionality. Other managers were more comfortable using a calendar-based tool, so we built in the ability to use iCalendar, Outlook, Gmail, or any other calendar application. We also included the ability to manage and track time sheets in multiple ways – in real time, at the end of the day, or at the end of the week. In addition, we made ProjectBoss available to any device with a web browser – no software to install, no updates, no apps that seem to always crash.

According to a recent study, remote working arrangements have increased by 140 percent since 2005. Last year, more than 43 percent of Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely. Recent studies have shown that employees who occasionally work remotely are more engaged and have higher productivity. By utilizing cloud-based software like ProjectBoss, team members can access critical project information from anywhere. This allows for greater flexibility, increased productivity, and more effective communication and collaboration for employees working remotely.

Do you have software that you hate using? Is it too complex? Do you only have access to critical information, files, and documents at the office? Are upgrades time consuming and costly? If so, you should strongly consider finding a technology solution that helps you do things your way.

Mark Little is chief technology officer at ProjectBoss. He can be reached at or at 302.521.8065.

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