With the ongoing expansion of the distributed workforce, this topic seems to be gaining even more importance among fellow project managers. The first part of the speech will cover the most interesting findings of a survey recently conducted by Wrike with 1,000 respondents (how many people work remotely, how this compares to their work style 2-3 years ago, what they value the most about telecommuting, where they see this trend going, etc.) For instance, the vast majority of surveyed people believe that a fully virtual office will be a reality in the future. Later, the presentation will focus on efficiency tips for managers of virtual teams, based on my own experience of working with globally dispersed employees. If you haven’t planned a trip to Vancouver yet, it is worth consideration! I’m just as eager to hear the other presentations as I am to give my own. Speaking of the event agenda: this is one of the things that we recently discussed with Paula Jayne White, PMI’s Director, Professional Development. Read our full conversation to find out about the focus of the upcoming event and discover some lessons that such a huge project like PMI Congress can teach. Paula Jayne, I’m pleased to welcome you in my blog! Could you please tell me a bit about your PMI history and your role in organizing the Congress in Vancouver? Hello, Andrew. Thank you for having me. I joined PMI almost a year ago exactly, as the PMI Global Congress 2011—North America was getting underway in Dallas. It was a great initiation, since my role with PMI is to build on the Global Congress’s great history and help the event evolve in a way that reflects and meets the evolving needs of today’s project managers. The PMI Global Congress is the place where project management meets, and I’m fortunate to work with a talented team of individuals that share my passion and vision for everything from content to professional networking – everything that defines the participant experience and makes the PMI Global Congress such a valued professional development event. One of the most exciting things about PMI Congresses is that they observe a really wide diversity of topics. Can you outline a few of the hottest ones on the upcoming agenda? What are the keynotes? Some of the hottest topics this year are change management; requirements management; leadership and soft skills for project managers; agile; complexity in large projects; risk management; and the PMO, among others. Our keynote speaker is Marcus Buckingham. We’re very excited to have him as part of our line-up; his insight into workplace strengths, how to maximize them and the crucial differences between leadership and management are unmatched. His presentation will give attendees a new perspective on how to fulfill the quest for long-lasting achievement, not just in the workplace but in all walks of life. Other speakers include Annie McKee, best-selling author and founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute; behavioral scientist and consultant James Kane; Lem Lasher, President, Global Business Solutions, Chief Innovation Officer and Chairman of the Leading Edge Forum for technology solutions firm CSC; and Mary Beth Romig, one of the key architects of the reconstruction of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. We’re excited to offer some new panels and topics for 2012 as well. Our first-ever Women in Project Management panel is poised for an exceptional turnout as it corrects the misconception that project management is a profession led only by men. Some of the most successful women in project management will share their experiences as project managers; discuss how project management as a profession is growing in general, and how opportunities for women specifically are increasing; and show how women are cracking the top echelons of previously male-dominated roles. Other new offerings include Hot Topics panels, which will enable attendees to learn about a given topic from multiple speakers and perspectives in a single session, and improved business networking events where attendees can make new contacts and explore new professional opportunities. Compared to the 2011 Congress, how has the focus in topics shifted? Do you see some specific trends in the project management space that affected this? The PMI Global Congress 2011—North America focused on the delivery of general project management knowledge. Many of the topics above were addressed in some form, but this year, they will be examined more thoroughly, and in sessions designed for intermediate and advanced project professionals. This is based on direct attendee feedback, as well as on PMI’s Pulse of the Profession report and studies by the Anderson Economic Group, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the McKinsey Global Institute. Instead of doing an open call for papers, as we did in past years, PMI invested in extensive market research to determine the topics that are of most interest and need to our attendees, and this year’s offerings are the direct outcome of that feedback. We issued a targeted call for papers on the most requested topics to ensure that attendees would get the most value from their experience. Is there any talk that you’re eager to hear personally? With that line-up, how can I choose just one? Well, I’m very excited about the women in project management panel. The demographic of PM is definitely changing; women are project management leaders, and have been for quite some time, but they can be isolated in their professions because there are still fewer of them. It will be exciting to learn how the profession and organizations are evolving in this area. And you can’t miss Marcus Buckingham. He’s such a dynamic speaker, with such profound cultural insights. The whole room will be hanging on his every word and I’ll be first in line to do that. I’m also very excited about closing speaker James Kane, and I hope that everyone can attend. He’s talking very specifically about collaboration, which has become a key concept for project professionals: how do we collaborate in virtual team environments? James Kane is both insightful and entertaining, and we’ll walk away with solid concepts that we can execute immediately. The Congress is a big project, so could you share some lessons learned along the way that readers could apply to their events, or maybe projects in general? It’s essential to have strong project management for an event of this magnitude. We’ve learned that a strong program manager is critical, as are skilled project managers for each work stream. Communication and accountability are key as well, along with strong leadership and technical skills. And never, ever forget an excellent sense of humor! It’s the only way to manage all of the moving parts so that the event comes together flawlessly. Were there any interesting and fun anecdotes that you’d like to share? One of the things we like to do each year is feature something fun, cool, and a little outside the box for technical project managers. Last year, attendees played Jeopardy against Watson. This year, we’ll get an up-close and personal look at the rebuilding of New Orleans through the experience of those who were actually there. These real-world scenarios, along with the social and networking events, are the backbone of the PMI Global Congress experience. There are more, of course, but to find out what it’s really about, you’ll have to attend. This sounds like one of the prominent reasons to attend the Congress. Thank you for your time, Paula Jayne. It was a pleasure to talk to you in anticipation of the Congress. See you in Vancouver!
Wait a moment, is it December already? It has been such a fantastic year, the time flew by so quickly. First of all, we would like to thank all of you for choosing Wrike project management software and relying on it in managing your day-to-day project work. It is a pleasure to serve both “Wrike experts” with a rich experience of using our app and our new friends that have just recently joined Wrike’s customer community. We really appreciate your contribution through your feedback, awesome suggestions, and experience shared with other users in your case studies. Wrike has become even smarter… We’ve added 20+ new project management features to help you become way more productive. In 2011 we added the abilities to attach files with drag-and-drop, edit documents without downloading, view your tasks from your favorite mobile or tablet device and much more. Many of these updates were inspired by your suggestions, so if you haven’t voiced your favorite feature yet, it’s the right time to do it! …even faster… As the pace of information flow increases, project management needs to be much more flexible and agile. Thanks to a slick facelift, Wrike got a friendlier look and feel, as well as an unparalleled speed boost that allows you to load and manage tons of data in just seconds whether you are running dozens, hundreds or even thousands of tasks and projects. “Thanks to Wrike, our team now completes 30% more tasks with open deadlines per month,” says William Fetter, director of marketing and communications at Hexagon Metrology. …and you’ve wowed it! “I love the fact that Wrike hit everything in my dream list! With Wrike's help, we get vastly better results, we get more things done and done faster,” says Timothy Seward, CEO of ROI Revolution. Thank you Tim for such nice words! We hope many of you would “+1” Timothy’s opinion ;). Your positive feedback resulted in new fantastic customer stories and podcasts discussing best practices to using Wrike and new project management methods inspired by our app. Our achievements were also appreciated by the business community: Wrike received a Stevies award and got extensive media coverage in GigaOm, ReadWriteWeb, eWeek, AllBusinessBlog, InformationWeek, PM4Girls and more! So what’s the bottom line? Terri Griffith from GigaOm has perfectly summarized the results:
The Stevies are one of the most honorable business awards in the United States, recognizing outstanding achievements of organizations of all types and sizes, and the people behind them. In previous years, the list of laureates included such leading companies as Apple, CNN, Ford, Hilton Hotels and more. “It’s not only the look of the award standing behind the nickname the Business World’s Oscars. It’s also the high level of the applications coming from successful, dynamic, motivated companies,” said Andrew Filev, Wrike’s CEO, who joined the judges’ panel in several other categories for best new products and the most successful product development teams. Congrats to everyone on Wrike’s team and many thanks to our customers for sending valuable feedback that helped us blend our award-winning social project management mix! The Stevies committee also seeks to recognize the best products and companies, according to people’s opinions. Of course, it's you, our loyal customers, who we rely on the most in the competition! Please vote for Wrike project management software - just click on this logo and you will automatically be taken to the page where you can submit your vote. The voting is open until June 3.
The biggest milestone we reached in 2010 is the launch of Wrike’s new, social version. The months of hard work and lots of effort that we put into this release have resulted in making Wrike project management software as friendly and easy to use as a social network. A brilliant new interface, activity streams and built-in microblogging, interactive dashboard, handy backlog and many other powerful features have been introduced in the new version to give an extra productivity boost to you and your team. On the heels of the social version release we enhanced Wrike with table view for fast task editing, a new image viewer for convenient work with visual graphics and more helpful updates. In 2010, we’ve greatly extended Wrike Apps & Integrations. Collaborative document management has become quick and easy, thanks to Wrike’s integration with Google Docs. Also, Wrike has become the first project management solution to integrate with Google Wave. Finally, a few weeks ago, we unveiled Wrike’s development platform, which gives your development team an opportunity to integrate Wrike with other software you use. We’ve been happy to hear the positive feedback on the updates from our customers. Enthusiastic reviews, such as “Wrike has been the most productive tool we’ve added to our arsenal,” “Wrike has become an irreplaceable tool we rely on,” and many others are worth the sleepless nights we dedicated to making Wrike as helpful and efficient as it is today. You can learn more about other users’ experiences with Wrike in the success stories. This year, we published quite a few new interviews! Our accomplishments also have received positive reviews from influential media. Wrike has been covered in TechCrunch, Computerworld, eWeek, Venturebeat, GigaOM and many other blogs. Also, Wrike was honored as the tool of the month by the Clever Tester network, one of the largest independent software testing resources on the Web, which testified that Wrike is a great match for the needs of software development and quality assurance teams. We’d like to thank you all for your business and your loyalty to Wrike. We highly appreciate your opinion and try to address your needs with every release. If you ever have comments, ideas or feature suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact our Support team. In 2011, we’ll keep working on making Wrike the best project management and collaboration software that exceeds your expectations! Wrike’s team wishes you and your family Happy Holidays! See you in 2011!
” Recently, the conference organizers announced the opening of the Community Vote, which will play major part in the selection of the sessions that will be presented at the conference in Boston. I’m excited about the start of the voting, and I ask for your support. If you liked my “Email Is Dead… Long Live Email!” presentation, I encourage you to vote for my proposal entitled “Popular to Ubiquitous: How to Skyrocket Adoption.” Note: voting there requires a quick registration to avoid duplicate votes. Please bear with it; it’s simple.
First of all, we're happy to let you know that this year brought us numerous new users! Some of them agreed to share their Wrike experience with us. As a result, we published quite a few new customer success stories, including interviews with: Laura Roeder, a popular online marketing strategist and social media expert Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, show host at The Project Management PrepCast Luther Cale, chief of marketing, HealthStream Ciaran Rogers, marketing manager, UKSA Nick Doherty, managing editor of television, SBS Online and some others. We hope that we'll be able to publish a case study with you next year. Ready to share your story already? Contact us at [email protected], and we'll be happy to put it out. By the way, here's a very inspiring SlideShare case study presentation by one of our customers, SayitRight Marketing Solutions. We hope that this slide deck will push you to share your online collaboration and project management best practices with the world. In 2009, we continued to lead the web-based project management space with our Intelligent Email EngineTM (smart email integration), which remains the most advanced among project management software solutions. Despite this fact, we never stop innovating in this and other areas. This year has been remarkable in terms of development achievements and new feature releases. Let us innumerate the most important of them: new user management engine: allowed you to create your own cost-effective mix of user licenses in your account; email-integrated task discussions: let you add comments to task by simply emailing them to Wrike, and made Wrike's email integration even more robust and universal; Outlook add-in: made it easy for you to synchronize your emails marked for follow-up and tasks in your Outlook and Wrike accounts; WinMobile app: made Wrike's tasks accessible from your smart phone; intraday tasks: allowed you to build a more precise schedule by creating tasks that start and are estimated to be completed on the same day; recurring tasks: simplified scheduling of tasks that occur every day, week, month or year for you. Wrike also was enhanced with 535 "small things," like handy shortcuts, version tracking for files, improvements in task management and daily to-do emails, as well as many other useful features that make you more productive in your day-to-day jobs. The last, but definitely not least, we delivered Wrike Simple Projects, a productivity application for the My Yahoo! platform. So the past year brought us a lot of exciting events that couldn't have happened without you. You, our valued customers, continuously inspired us to improve the service and make it an even better solution for your business productivity. Now, what should you expect from Wrike in the year 2010? Even more amazing news, of course! We're thrilled to share some of our development plans with you. The beginning of the next year will be packed with new feature releases. We're currently working on delivering an iPhone app and Google Docs integration. Want even more? You'll get it! Our development roadmap also includes a new user interface, resource management, budgeting, microblogging, BlackBerry and G1 plug-ins and lots of other productivity and management features that will make your team even more efficient. In addition, we plan to localize Wrike to more than 10 languages! This year, we released the Spanish version of our project management software. German and French versions are next on our list. We'd like to underline here that our development plans change over time, as they greatly depend on your feedback and suggestions. Your opinion and requests are always welcome in the comments to this blog. We wish you and your family a happy, safe and restful holiday season! Your success is our success, and we hope to continue to build our partnership throughout 2010 and the future.
The eWEEK Excellence Awards program’s aim is to point IT buyers to the most promising new enterprise products and technologies. eWEEK Editors have made their picks for the best of the best in each of the Excellence Awards categories. On June 9, 2008 the winners were named. Wrike, the leader in on-demand project management, has won the award in the Productivity Applications category. “It is exciting for us that Wrike has been recognized as a service that raises the technology bar,” said Andrew Filev, CEO at Wrike. “We use the principles of Enterprise 2.0 to transform the notion of project management software and dramatically increase the productivity of our customers.” Besides Wrike, the products of Sun Microsystems, Adobe, Netuitive, IBM, Salesforce.com, Fujitsu and Hewlett-Packard were among the eWEEK’s 8th annual Excellence Awards program finalists. Download the official press release.