The way we work is very disjointed. Emails, documents, chats, reports, and PowerPoint presentations don’t facilitate understanding; instead, they split valuable information about the way we work across dozens of tools. It’s a real challenge to get quick insights into what people are doing, and identify strategic trends and patterns at work. “ The Visualization of Work,” a new report by GigaOM, details the growth of data visualization, the varying tools available and their pros and cons, and the growing need for work visualization for every organization. At Smartsheet, we feel pretty strongly about the impact work visualization will have in the future.
George Washington never chopped down that cherry tree. And, his teeth were never made out of wood. But, one thing is for certain, he was one of the greatest leaders of all time. He held three important leadership roles during the foundation and early years of the United States. First, as the commander in chief of the Continental Army, secondly as president of the Constitutional Convention, and thirdly as the first President of the country. And, nobody will ever rank higher than him in the U.S. military. Washington had years of experience managing groups of people, both in the military and in politics. And there’s a lot we can learn from him.
Picture your work in more ways. Visualize who is doing what from every perspective, at the task, project, team and enterprise levels, and get the right message to the right person. From displaying your sheet as a Gantt chart to revealing patterns of collaboration with the Account Map tool, Smartsheet helps businesses visually explore the resources, processes, and content in every project. And now, you have even more power to choose how you want to visualize your work with three new features: An array of over 50 new column symbols helps you communicate more efficiently.
The Gantt chart: It's a time-tested tool for visually representing the steps, assignments, and duration in any project. So when project owners or managers kick off a new project, they'll look to create a Gantt chart first. It’s a useful way to keep track of all the moving pieces. Similarly, project timelines provide a quick, visual representation of how long the project will take, and they can easily be added to PowerPoint presentations or emails to present project overviews or status to project stakeholders and executives, as they don’t need to see the granular details of a project. So, how do you create a project timeline?
If your washing machine breaks or your garbage disposal gets clogged, you call someone like Emily Bulgrin, a property manager for Colliers International, a full-service commercial real estate company. Emily is on the road a lot; her role requires it. And she needs to be able to access and submit work orders wherever she is, so customers don’t wear the same clothes twice because their washing machine isn’t getting fixed. Before Smartsheet, Emily had to email the work crew, wherever she was, to get something like a washing machine repaired. It was pretty haphazard, and the potential for risk or confusion was very high. That’s why she started using Smartsheet mobile to manage her properties.
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