A quick Google search reveals the truth: there are thousands –if not millions– of time tracking apps in the market. Sadly, while this crowding is a great sign that Project Managers are waking up to the beauty of technology, it is also a nightmare for those who might not know what to look for.
For starters, remember that, while both kinds of software offer time tracking tools, task managers are, more often than not, glorified checklists.
On the other hand, project management software can help you plan ahead and estimate the effort in the ever-changing environment of projects. Just imagine task tracking as a shallow fountain and project managing as a deep pool: both have water, but there’s more to do in the latter.
Don’t let the possibilities scare you, though. Both are quite different when you’ve learned to spot the differences. So, go ahead and don’t get trapped in the muddy waters of bad Project Managing by knowing what makes these two bad boys different, and why PM softwares are superior.
- Effort Tracking
Let’s face it, time is not always effort. Your team might be there, in the office, but that only means they are available; not that they're engaged. From that perspective, tracking effort is crucial to add value to your venture as it helps you see real progress, not just time consumed. Frank lets you track progress in real-time, with interactive indicators and even cross-project platforms, allowing you to see clearly how is everything going.
- Task Interdependence
Task managers are great when the components of a project are separable or specific, but if they overlap or are interconnected, you’re going to have a bad time. Project management focuses on interdependencies. Each activity links to another and completing one doesn’t finish the other; Frank understands that. He streamlines tasks that overflow, easing feedback and communication between different teams.
- Setting Priorities
In general, the scope of your project determines your needs. Even in the smallest studio, you need to set priorities straight. Also, most architectural projects span over months, or years, which calls for a multi-faceted managing where all the members know –and love their tasks, even if they never see one another. In this sense, Frank is like a matchmaker, informing your team of the expectations and priorities of a project, keeping everybody informed; that way, everything goes silky smooth
- Scale Up
Task trackers are ok, but one thing is for sure, sooner than later you’ll reach their full potential. After that, there is no way to go beyond. You don’t want to top out early in the game; you want something that grows alongside you and adapts to your mindset. In three words: You. Want. Frank. Frank is entirely scalable. You can start with a Free Plan that gives you a taste of his basic –but many– capacities; and then, as your studio grows, you can upgrade him to pick up the new slack.
Bottom line: Frank is not just a tool; he’s your right-hand man. A full-fledged Project Manager that is always hustling.
He can do what everything a task manager can do –and more. He helps you organize work and collaborators while keeping your marketing, administration, and reports handy. Frank’s amazing engine gives you real-time info to keep you informed while you are out there up to your elbows with your team.
Why don’t you take him for a ride; he’s the perfect co-pilot for your trip. He could even be in charge of the music but don’t trust him with the snacks.
Find out more about Frank and what he does, here. You won’t regret it.