It was an evening at the Reform Club back in October 1872. A casual conversation turns into a challenge, which leads to a heavy wager of £20,000 to go around the world. Novelist Jules Verne’s epic, Around the World in Eighty Days, captures this thrilling story where the protagonist Phileas Fogg, accompanied by his man-servant Passepartout, use everything from ships, trains, a sailing sled, and even an elephant in their valiant attempt to finish the journey on time – to win the wager as they had planned. Do they make it, amidst the hurdles and the delays of 19th century travel? Well, you’ll have to read the book.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting NASA Project Manager Jan Chodas at a conference we both attended. Chodas worked on NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter; a project with a non-negotiable launch date. If the deadline was missed, Chodas and her team would have to wait close to a year before trying again.
Of course, not every project has this strict a deadline, but most projects have a schedule that individuals and teams have to be in tune with in order to be successful. And now, Zoho Projects can help you and your team stay on track from start to finish.
Over the last few months we’ve made several tweaks to Zoho Projects, especially in the BugTracker module, to enhance your experience. Here is an overview of these improvements.
The screen-grabber lets you take quick snapshots of what you see on screen and make posts using these. A built-in draw tool lets you highlight what is important and blackout what you don’t want to be seen. The screen-grabber first appeared in the smart add screen located on top of the project feed. This was well received, so we started adding it to more places in Projects we felt were appropriate. Screens can now be grabbed while creating tasks, submitting bugs, making forum posts, posting comments, and attaching files. Can you find more?
We’ve also added a crop feature to the draw tool. Read more
When it comes to building and distributing software, both development and testing go hand in hand. To put that in project management terms, both tasks and bugs go hand in hand. A developer has a set of tasks to be ticked off before a feature can be released. And during the development stages, code issues are discovered either by the developer or by the tester and are logged as bugs. But the problem is that there’s no way to relate tasks and bugs, making it difficult to keep track of which bugs affect the completion of which tasks. Here is where we come in and give you our new Task and Bug Linking feature that couples your task management with bug tracking.
If you are a business owner, you more than likely have an app or are planning to launch one in the future. You create a project to bring your team together and brainstorm ideas. Your developers don their coding caps and get to work. Your designers create designs to see what works best. Your testers subject the app to several rounds of testing. Your app goes through stages of refinement before finally taking shape and being ready to use. Time to pack and go on a vacation! Until your app crashes.
We bring you a tool that lets you easily switch to Zoho Projects, if you’ve been using JIRA. Presenting to you Jira User Migration Program.
1. Do More and Do It Quickly
You can sign up with Zoho Projects and get started in less than two minutes— no training necessary. If you’re not a techie, you don’t have to pump precious man hours into understanding the product. Read more
The Documents module in Zoho Projects just got a big boost. You can now create rich documents, spreadsheets and presentations right here and work on them collaboratively with your team. This update powered by Zoho Docs lets you do a lot more and here are some of the benefits.
Bring your team closer together
Here is a trend we see more and more when it comes to projects that are creative in nature: the best work gets done not through individual efforts, but by a group of people, collaboratively refining, reimagining and reinventing ideas. All the apps in the Docs suite come with several features that let such collaboration happen naturally. First and foremost, all these documents can be co-created; i.e. more than one person can work on them at the same time. You can chat with all the collaborators as you go, right within the document window. Getting feedback is easy; each letter in your text documents and each cell in your spreadsheets can be commented on. An inbuilt versioning system lets you view the changes a document has gone through, and if needed revert to an older version. Read more