To be successful in the agency world, most agency leaders will tell you that it’s imperative to understand the importance of effective project management. With so many moving parts, it’s easy to lose track of smaller tasks, experience scope creep, or deliver a project that’s unfinished or late. In today’s blog post, we chatted with agency leaders who share their best practices that can help you achieve project success.
19 IDEAS - a full-service agency that offers creative solutions in marketing, public relations, design, and web and software development - understands first-hand how fast-paced and chaotic the agency world can be. Rob Eisman, who serves as the Project Manager at the company, said his best practices center around accuracy, brevity, and clarity (ABC).
“To do my job well, I must be accurate and strive to get the right information from the client, always anticipating the questions that my team will have so they can do their best, most informed work,” Rob said. “Accuracy can get lost in email forwards, references to documents, or long task descriptions, so I try to be as brief as possible with task information, focusing on what is really needed. I need to be clear with my directions, both for the work and where it is going next. With the task as the foundation for all work we do, effective communication at that level ensures good results.”
Here are a few best practices Rob uses to help him project manage seamless:
These are a few best practices that Rob implements into his day-to-day. Though the agency environment can be stressful, Rob and the team at 19 IDEAS have found a platform that helps support their work to help them succeed.
“Our team's adoption of Accelo certainly keeps me and my team on track with my best practice goals,” Rob said.
As a digital marketing agency, the team at MO Agency is used to juggling several projects at once. The team is full of experts at Hubspot inbound marketing, digital strategy, web design, and content development. Chené Erwee, the Operations Manager at MO Agency, shares her project management best practices that she learned over the years:
MO Agency also found success through Accelo by giving each team member a clear understanding of what they need to execute and by when.
"The use of the team scheduling view in our morning stand-ups has assisted in ensuring that we are not overloading our team and that the work is being distributed efficiently, allowing for increased quality of work and a happy team," Chené said. "Accelo has many capabilities that assist with an overall project management view, from being able to track and measure project profitability, to ensuring the sales department have accurately scoped a project cost to ensure we price future projects correctly, all the way to employee profitability, providing us with the right insight in order to make the right decisions within the company."
If you’re interested in learning how Accelo can help support and improve your team’s project management practices, sign up for a free trial today!