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Wrike – My Project Management Tool of Choice

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Wrike.com is an awesome, awesome project management tool.  Blogging to pass on the love.

Why is it awesome?  Because it is light, makes no assumptions about my workflow, and is simple and intuitive.  Consists of tasks, arranged in folders (one-to-many), with dependencies (Gantt charts), integrated with email allowing for easy discussions and notifications, and time tracking to boot.  Currently, I use Wrike at JoMI along with FairSetup (my other project) allowing everyone on the team to, once a week, quickly review our activity and self-report on accomplishments/time allocation, which leads to short-cycle calibration within the team.

So far, Wrike has been particularly good at helping with the following:

  • workflow management – when I have a multi-step workflow, easy to track progress
  • prioritization – when people get overloaded, I am able to prioritize their (and my) attention
  • memory – things no longer get lost
  • rapport – making sure that we are all on the same page. This last one deserves more attention…

 

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Software for FlowCharts: Gliffy

Been playing around with http://www.gliffy.com.  Like it for flow charts.

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Tool: Project Management – PivotalTracker

A tool that my brother showed me: http://www.pivotaltracker.com

So far have only been using it today, but it feels nice and simple.  So far, would recommend.

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Russian Phonetic Keyboard

I use WinRus to set up my phonetic keyboard (prefer layout 2)

Ура!  Теперь я опять могу печатать на Русском…  по Русски.  Блин, потихоньку забываю родной язык…  обидно слегка.

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Virtual CloneDrive – ISO images on Windows

I use this Virtual CloneDrive, a free utility, to map ISO images.  Really frustrating that it’s not part of the OS:

http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

Although, SlySoft?  Seriously?  Doesn’t exactly make me feel safe using your products…  But…

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Tool: ISO Recorder

A new free tool I discovered today for Vista: http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

Burn ISO images onto a CD/DVD.

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Tool: SpaceSniffer – Find out who took your space.

I used to use TreeSize, but now I discovered http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/download.html.  I like it – it’s small, yet so far has been very useful.

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