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Investing in project management software

As I got the idea for this blog I thought a small cartoon strip would help convey the message much more clearly. My artistic skills however are sorely lacking and the Tenrox Web team is way too busy for me to dare ask for their help to develop a cartoon, for a blog no less.

So as everyone does these days I launched a new window and searched for “make a cartoon”. The second entry ToonDoo - The Cartoon Strip Creator - Create, Publish, Share, Discuss! sounded interesting, relevant. Amazingly enough, this is a totally Web based easy to use cartoon making site. It took me less than 10 minutes to make the strip below using the most basic elements offered by the site. Of course, my children (11 and 8) have already far exceeded what I was able to do. They quickly learned how to design their own avatars and have created some pretty amazing cartoon strips.

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Back to the original subject for this blog, we live in very interesting times. In good economic times a rising tide lifts all boats. On the other hand, as we have seen, a severe economic downturn exposes the true state of all structurally flawed organizations, and incompetent leadership. What amazes me our headlines like this:

- Company X, the leading provider of workforce management software, cuts jobs. A cut of about 8% of its global workforce as of January 9, 2009 …

- Company Y, the leading provider of on-demand project management software, announced its third round of layoffs. The company laid off 25% of its workforce in this round.

These same project management and workforce management “optimization” companies are advertising their expertise and pushing their solutions as the best software tools one can invest in. If they cannot plan and manage their own projects and workforce properly how can they claim to help anyone manage their resources any better? This is the definition of hypocracy.

Unlike many of our competitors who have suffered through multiple layoffs. Tenrox has cautiously hired new team members. So far, we have continued to grow and have remained profitable during this severe economic downturn. I think it is partly because we practice what we preach. We use our own software to manage our workforce, plan our projects and pipeline based on the same best practices we share with our customers. We use various trusted technology and marketing partners to handle peaks in our workload. We do not over-hire when times are good and then engage in mass layoffs when times are bad … As a result, we have a stable, loyal and enthusiatic team who actually loves what they do ... We will do our absolute best to keep it this way.


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