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Killer Time Savers: Automate Weekly Status Reports

Smartsheet Killer Time Savers: Team Status Reports
I covet more time: more time for important work, more time with my spouse and kids, more time with friends, more time to work out and get healthy. I (used to) hate creating weekly status reports -- while important, they feel like a waste of time. So often status reports are simply a manual process of collecting data that already exists elsewhere and tracking down people for insights and status. I started playing around with ways to simplify the process and save time. This simple solution has saved me and my team time, created more consistency in the frequency of our reports, and has improved data quality.
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It's not often you get the chance to be a part of something transformative, but I was fortunate enough to be hired as a marketing intern at Smartsheet for a summer. On break from University of Hawaii, and fresh off a semester abroad traveling in Italy, I found myself in Seattle to gain some experience before finishing up my last year of college. I think it only rained once! Last week, three Smartsheet interns and I attended Startup Grind Seattle. Creativity and inspiration filled the air as business owners, entrepreneurs, and other enthusiastic individuals began to mingle on the scenic rooftop patio of the Galvanize building in the heart of Pioneer Square, in downtown Seattle.
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Five Questions to Ask Before Taking on Any Project - Brad Egeland and Smartsheet

A project, any project, when new, is full of life and hope.  Starting a project from the beginning - as opposed to getting one handed to you to take over, which happens far too often – is much more interesting and challenging…in my opinion.  As a developer, I hated taking over or revising someone else’s code. And as a project manager, I’d much prefer to start from the beginning than midstream.  My project…I own it from beginning to end.

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F. Lawrence Bennett, critical path
I am a civil engineer and project manager with 29 years on the engineering faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Since 1965, I have applied critical path scheduling to a wide variety of projects, including the design and construction of nuclear power stations and industrial facilities, the management of research projects, the construction of buildings and landfills, and most recently, the coordination of a project to develop innovative water and wastewater systems for rural Alaska. To be able to identify the critical path is advantageous to a project manager in two important ways.
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Smartsheet at Microsoft WPC

The Smartsheet team is back from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando, thankful to be in slightly cooler temperatures, and energized at the amazing opportunity that Microsoft is creating for its partner ecosystem. We were there to demo our Outlook integration feature, that allows users to manage their work in Smartsheet without ever having to leave their Outlook inbox.

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