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Which Project Management Timeline Tool Is Right for Your Team?

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October 9, 2020 5 min read

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When a company doesn’t plan properly, it wastes time on tasks that bring little or no added value to the overall team goals. enables a to prioritize responsibilities and give employees proper time to accomplish them. This is where the timeline, also known as a Gantt chart, plays a critical role.

Gantt charts and their role in project management planning

Every project starts with a timeline, which should answer these questions: 

  • What tasks are being acted on right now, and by whom?

  • What tasks have already been accomplished by the team?

  • What tasks are going to be performed by the team soon?

But a Gantt chart will do more than just those three basics. It helps to divide various project management phases and assignments into a central location and makes the timeline visual, which is helpful for team discussion and planning. Good project management should include the dates related to the tasks (start and end dates), task dependencies, task duration and whom each task is assigned to.

Let’s now look at some of the best project management timeline software.

There are many project management offerings on the market that specialize in different functions. For Quire.io, that emphasis is collaboration among team members. A simple, straightforward tool, it expedites project management and is easy to use. 

Pros: 

You don’t have to worry about endless to-do lists, as Quire offers an unlimited nested task list that allows you to focus on selected tasks in the sub list. Breaking your ideas down from gigantic tasks makes it easier to regulate. Teams can view it in visual workflow Kanban, with time factor in Timeline. Along with the Gantt charts, Quire is introducing a new Timeline feature in October. Its sync feature allows team members to work anytime, anywhere and track progress instantly.

Cons: 

Quire only has private chat, which restricts its use as a single-solution project management answer for certain teams. It’s adding custom branding and a customized visual layout soon, but until that happens the visuals are somewhat lacking. 

Nifty is a modern, all-in-one project management tool that decreases project development cycles and increases team productivity by linking collaboration, communication and automation. Imagine Asana, and Trello in one workspace. That’s Nifty.

Pros:

Nifty has a very clean user interface that sets it apart from other tools. Nifty is fast, and it’s a lot simpler to manage everything without having to wait for data to load. Nifty’s task panel is organized, and adding custom fields is easy. 

Cons:

Navigation can be confusing. The color contrast in the light and dark themes is low, which means people with certain disabilities won’t be able to use Nifty as easily. Also, there is no iOS or mobile app, no Mac or PC app and no integrations, but these cons are temporary as they’re on the product roadmap.

The secret weapon for project managers in the know, Psoda makes project management easier by offering two things that most other solutions don’t: user-configurable automated workflows and AI-powered intelligence. Both features simplify project management and make PMs look good with less work. Psoda also comes with killer timeline functionality and all the other bells and whistles you expect from a robust solution.

Pros:

Psoda easily allows you to switch between Gantt, Kanban and more specialized views such as burndown charts and user stories as a timeline. It comes with automation that allows savvy project managers to configure automated management of the easy stuff. Psoda also is highly configurable and differentiates itself by having an AI assistant that makes suggestions for better project management.

Cons: 

With so much baked into Psoda, sometimes the software can overwhelm new users. The high degree of configurability can also be a double-edged sword, as it can be time-consuming to set up the software for an organization’s specific requirements.

Wrike is one of the strongest overall solutions on this list. It smartly weaves task management and work management together.  

Pros:

Wrike’s Gantt chart functionality lets users view multiple projects on the same timeline and import Project files. It makes checking the status of an item quick and easy. Adding dependencies eases linear project thinking and helps PMs anticipate when an item can be worked on.

Cons:

Navigation is a bit complex. It has some storage issues and is not so great with large files if uploading collateral is important. It faces some issues with analytics, too, and there is no time frame option.

Project management isn’t the first use that many people think about when considering this all-in-one project management, CRM, communications and contact center functionality solution. But Bitrix24 is a project management powerhouse in its own right, and its timeline functionality is great for small business owners because its free version includes a fully interactive Gantt chart, among other features. 

Pros:

It provides the ability to create subtasks, tasks, projects and provide a clear picture of progress as a result. It’s easy for all users within an organization to access. 

Cons:

Its user interface could use some work. Although it does not take as long as some other software to learn, there is still a bit of a learning curve when it comes to day-to-day use on account of its breadth.

Timelines are crucial for serious project management, because they visually show how tasks fit together and where blockages might occur. Make sure you’re using a project management solution that includes the timeline feature, and also make sure you’re putting it to full use.

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Intel Casts Off More Memory Chip Business in $9 Billion Deal

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ImageThe deal announced on Monday with SK Hynix, a South Korean company, involves NAND flash memory chips, which store data in a variety of devices.
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Intel moved to further distance itself from its original business, reaching a deal to sell a remaining memory chip unit to SK Hynix of South Korea for $9 billion.

The transaction, announced on Monday, includes Intel’s most important factory in China. But it excludes a proprietary memory technology that the company has been promoting as an important tool for accelerating speeds in cloud data centers.

Intel for decades has been known for supplying the microprocessors that serve as calculating engines in most computers. But Intel was founded in 1968 mainly to make memory chips, which store data in all kinds of electronic devices.

Those components are largely interchangeable and come from multiple suppliers, which compete fiercely on price and subject the market to boom and bust periods. So Intel, starting in the 1980s, began retreating from segments of the memory business to focus efforts on more profitable microprocessor sales.

The deal with SK Hynix focuses on chips known as NAND flash memory, which store data in smartphones, computers and many other products. Intel’s flash memory business has been doing well lately, with revenue up 76 percent in the second quarter owing to factors like pandemic-related spending on personal computers.

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But Intel, which has recently suffered from manufacturing problems, has at other times been hurt by drops in flash memory pricing. Robert Swan, Intel’s chief executive, previously signaled that it might seek a partner or acquirer for the unit.

“Memory is never a great business,” said Jim Handy, a market researcher with Objective Analysis. The deal with SK Hynix is “a very natural step” for Intel, he added.

Intel primarily makes flash memory chips at a factory in Dalian, China, though the company also conducts related development work in New Mexico.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Monday that the companies were close to a deal. A news release issued in the evening by SK Hynix said it would make an initial $7 billion payment to acquire both the Dalian factory and NAND flash business as well as a related business selling storage drives that use the chips.

Until a final closing of the deal, not expected until March 2025, Intel will continue to make chips at the Dalian factory, the companies said. After the close, SK Hynix will make a final $2 billion payment and receive other assets, including intellectual property needed to make the chips.

The deal does not include rights to a memory technology called 3D XPoint, developed in a joint venture with Micron Technology, which offers higher data transfer speeds than conventional NAND flash. That technology, which Intel markets under the brand name Optane, “is Intel’s crown jewel in the memory sphere,” said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates.

Intel has spent billions of dollars perfecting the technology, Mr. Handy said, but the latest quarterly results suggest it may no longer be selling the chips at a loss.

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CVS Health will hire 15,000 more workers ahead of flu season.

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CVS Health announced on Monday that it planned to hire 15,000 workers to prepare for expected increases in coronavirus and flu cases in the United States during the fall and winter months.

More than 10,000 of the new roles will be full-time and part-time licensed pharmacy technicians at CVS Pharmacy locations to help administer Covid-19 tests, process prescriptions and dispense medications.

“Additional team members typically are needed every flu season,” Lisa Bisaccia, chief human resources officer of CVS Health, said in a statement. “However, we’re estimating a much greater need for trained pharmacy technicians this year given the continued presence of Covid-19 in our communities.”

The additional hires may also help the company distribute a Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available, if federal officials permit pharmacy technicians to administer it.

In March, CVS Health announced plans to fill 50,000 jobs across the country, the “most ambitious hiring drive in the company’s history,” it said at the time. The company has more than 4,000 drive-through coronavirus testing sites across the United States.

Separately, Target said on Monday that it would pay a fourth bonus to its employees who work in stores, distribution centers and staff and employee contact centers, as the pandemic continues and the retailer’s sales have soared this year.

More than 350,000 workers will receive $200 by early November, Target said.

Sapna Maheshwari contributed reporting.

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Airports screened more than one million travelers for the first time since mid-March.

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More than a million people passed through airport checkpoints on Sunday, the first time the Transportation Security Administration has screened that many people since mid-March.

While that represents a symbolic milestone for the travel industry, U.S. airlines are still losing billions of dollars a month as they brace for much weaker demand for tickets this winter. The number of people screened by the T.S.A. on Sunday was down about 60 percent compared with the same day a year ago.

Last week, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines both said that operating revenue in the three months through September had fallen nearly 80 percent compared with last year. That period spanned much of the summer, which is typically the busiest season for airlines. Corporate travel typically sustains them in the fall, but many large businesses have been cautious about returning to normal operations and have told their employees to work from home until next July.

The steep decline in travel has forced airlines to cut to the bone, tweaking every part of the business as they hope to capitalize on what little demand remains. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are expected to release similarly dismal third-quarter financial results this week.

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