Project Management

Ryan and I usually dont need to speak to eachother. We can go through a series of grunts and half read email exchanges to understand what one another is working on, where there are problems, and where we are headed. This works when the two individuals that started a company understand how one another works after four years of building something from scratch. It doesnt work when the business starts growing and new people join our team. Other people cant read my mind!!! Preposterous I know.I spent quite a bit of time trying to find the ideal project management software. We have an office in Nashville, an office here in the Twin Cities, and an employee in California. Ideally the PM software would have some type of calendar syncing feature and a platform for the eight of us to collaborate, share, and manage our own ever growing task lists. This is my third time *seriously* looking into project management software. I really wanted a Microsoft product since it could sync our outlooks and the office products most of us use between the desktops, laptops, and windows mobile phones we all use. Getting information on the servers, the software, and the interactivity of the two from the microsoft website was atrocious. Talking to someone on the phone from microsoft was worse. The cost of project server was prohibitive, and getting a clear answer from microsoft on what or wasnt available or appropriate for our situation was a torturous process. Ryan and I can be perfectionistic. We want the optimal solution and spend valuable time pondering the merits of something, playing it forward in every way imaginable. If the solution isnt perfect we dont like it. This is a good thing(to strive for excellence), but it also stunts the growth of our businesses. Byron is here to help us recognize this and to just plain old GET SHIT DONE! So with his help and decisiveness we settled on basecamp. Better to spend time actually using a product to see if it fits, rather than hypothesizing what will happen when and if we use it……Action, action, action!At the end of the day Basecamp is really not cutting the mustard for us and i am using it less and less as the time ticks by. I am sitting here with 854234141 ideas, tasks, goals, thoughts….etc…to manage, prioritize, delegate, and execute. I am back to the drawing board to find project management solution that will alleviate keeping all those responsibilities tucked away in my head, on post it notes stuck to my computer, in my 17 notebooks, or from being on the almighty MUST GET DONE LIST(which gets written on my hand) . If anyone has any suggestions of a solution that you think could help out our company we would be much obliged.

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