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6 Experts Share the #1 Thing That Derails a Project

When you’re managing a complex project and working with different departments, external collaborators, and hundreds of details, mistakes are bound to happen. Smaller mishaps, like a missed deadline or misunderstanding between teams, can be resolved and usually don’t derail the entire project. However, there are a number of things that can stop a project in its tracks and lead to its ultimate failure. Poor communication or lack of accountability may start off as a “small mishap,” but they can end up silently killing your entire project. Thankfully, there are experts we can learn from.
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Smartsheet and Google Apps complement each other at every turn. From seamless integrations with Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and Google Docs, and a hassle-free single sign-on, you can instantly connect Smartsheet to Google Apps and maximize your productivity.Now, it’s even easier to use Smartsheet with Google Apps. Smartsheet was one of only two partners who worked alongside Google to streamline how the Google Apps Marketplace works. Admins can now choose to install our Google Docs add-on, Smartsheet Merge, across entire domains with just a couple clicks. Previously, if you wanted to use the Smartsheet add-on for Google Docs, each user had to individually install it.
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Gantt chart template for Excel
Excel was traditionally created to be a data analytics and number crunching tool, but 60% of spreadsheets today contain no formulas. Its usage has now evolved to serving as a project management tool. While you can coordinate basic work tasks and manage lists, creating a Gantt chart in Excel, from scratch, can be a time-consuming and frustrating task. Unless you want to spend up to an hour manually tweaking Excel to look professional and presentation-ready, an Excel template is the easiest way to make a Gantt chart. Gantt_chart_excel.png
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Copy and reuse your best work with just a couple of clicks. Smartsheet’s newest features allow you to work smarter by jump-starting new projects without re-creating anything. Copy folders and workspaces, send powerful reports to anyone without sharing underlying sheets, and access more time-saving features on mobile. Here are three new ways to reuse your work: faraday-blog-copyworkspace.jpg
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Laurie Richardson has organized more than 1,200 trade shows in her 17 years of event planning. At one time, she was planning 200 trade shows each year. She started her own event planning company, Nkilter, three years ago, where she’s managed hundreds of shows for a variety of tech clients. She knows all the secrets to success and has seen firsthand the common pitfalls of organizing a major event. varolii.jpg
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