After relaxing holidays and a slow-paced summer, we have returned to a normal rhythm here at Silverbucket. A new version will be provided again every month. In February I wrote down a bit about our targets for the first half of 2018 and now it is time to update these thoughts for the second half of the year. Let's first go through what we have managed to create and execute during the last six months. Read more!
We are organizing a Silverbucket webinar where our CEO Tuomas Mikkola will present how resourcing is managed with Silverbucket. Read more about the webinar and register now!
We have written two blog posts about a resource management process and this article is the first one to be published. It presents a basic model of a resourcing process. Later, we will publish another article explaining more about the responsibilities and tasks of the different stakeholders involved in resource planning. Let’s begin!
We claim that it is possible to raise the invoicing rate with a functional resourcing process. Maybe even double it! In this article, we will introduce the arguments behind the statement. Read more!
”Don’t choose a generic tool for your organisation.” This is one of the main statements expounded in the presentation. The explanation shortly is that one should choose a tool that is perfect for your project type. If we hold on to the project type concept that we presented in the previous article, let’s look closer at the statement from development and delivery project points of view. Which tools are perfect for these project types? Read more!
In Silverbucket you have few ways to manage different kinds of “absences”, such as part-time work, holidays or other leaves. The essential question is that should the absence decrease an employee’s capacity or not. Read more how to manage absences in Silverbucket!
Roughly speaking, there are two types of projects: development and delivery projects. The development projects usually include development of something new, such as a process or a product. Whereas delivery projects include a clear specification of a project scope which must be followed and delivered to a customer. These project types are very different, even more different than people usually think. Read more!
What new features to expect during Silverbucket’s first half-year in 2018? The big development themes are skill management, different work load types (“soft” and “hard”) and some finishing touches of the new UI. In addition, we are developing our own processes continuously and one visible process change will be a more frequent Silverbucket update cycle (appr. once a month). Read more!
Last year was filled with big changes. Silverbucket's user interface had a makeover which was a result of long work hours from our product development team during last year. Read more about Silverbucket's year 2017!
Do you have loads of projects and you wish to have some means for categorizing them? In Silverbucket there are three ways to categorize projects: portfolio, project tag and category. Read more!
Talent Tampere published an interesting article about internationalisation and especially expanding to the UK. The article presents internationalisation stories of three Finnish companies. Silverbucket was one of the companies that was interviewed. Read more!
We often hear stories and metaphoras which are used for explaining the resource planning in organizations or describing the tool acquisition process. We decided to share you one of our stories "What Does a Software Acquisition and a Shoe Cabinet Have in Common?". Stories often have an educational lesson but the aim of this story is to arouse new insights about resourcing. Not recommended for grinches. Click and read more!
The last post of "Silverbucket user tips" is for project members and basic users. As project members often have basic user rights, they can see their own projects and workloads which can be very useful and interesting piece of information for them. Read more!
Here are some Silverbucket user tips for resource managers and team leaders who are especially interested in the efficient use of the resource capacity and in the availability of the right resources. Read more!
Tengbom blir den 5:e arkitektfirman i ordningen som väljer Silverbucket sedan Sundbom & Partners blev formell återförsäljare av produkten i slutet av augusti 2016. Läs mer!
Demos Helsinki chose in spring 2017 Silverbucket as its project resource management and hour tracking system. We have heard that they have created a successful concept to motivate, commit and brief their employees to use Silverbucket. They call the concept “Bucket Club” and we asked Demos Helsinki to tell a bit more about it. Read the whole article!
Silverbucket offers a versatile and easy-to-use tool for project managers as well who are familiar with changing of plans and monitoring the budget. Project manager can easily create a resource plan or continue from a plan that has been already made by e.g. sales managers. Read more!
Silverbucket can be utilized also in sales, especially in the bidding process. The sales people can create initial resource plans and budgets for projects that they can use as a base for their offers. Read more!
British Firstco has chosen Silverbucket as its project resource management software. Firstco is Silverbucket's first customer in the UK and naturally we are very pleased for our new customer in a new market area. Read more!
Many organisations still use Excel templates for project resourcing, which is not the best means when considering the amount of effort and work that must be put to compile an overall picture from the separate Excels. Though, Excel is an easy option to turn to when the organisation’s “official resourcing tool” gives a headache, frustrates and makes you lose your nerves. Understandably, it is easy to create your own resourcing template which you can modify accordingly and start making resource allocation plans. Why to consider getting rid of the resourcing Excel spreadsheets? Read more!