Virtual Style- are you doing it?

Virtual workers have increased. You can find them in the coffee shops, airports, and pretty much everywhere. 

Life is easy- a laptop and good internet connection is all you need. Needless to say, it isn’t bad sitting in your home office and still have the feeling of a job well done and your salary deposited.

If you are planning to turn virtual, remember:
•Plan it well. Have a good laptop, good speed internet (keep a back up or use USB internet connections for travelling).
•A portable hard drive with you, to back up your work. Or use virtual backups.
•Coordinate well with your team.
•Make sure your team has Skype id’s to communicate frequently.
•Share your work style; it’s important for people to have a close working relationship to get work done virtually and without hiccups.
•Spread out your breaks. Plan your day well. Keep a home office or a space where you work every day away from clutter and noise.
•It’s a state of mind. Don’t let people tell you it can’t be done. 

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Interview with Microproject

I'm lucky to have Andreas Sundgren (@AndreasSundgren) take the questions about Microproject-  project management software.

If you want to go straight to the point and check out their product, see the videos here.

•Why the need to build this software?
After working for a long time in project based environments developing products we felt that there was no web based management service that catered to small teams specifically and that combined visuality with ease of use so we decided we would build one ourselves.

•How long did it take to release the beta version?
About three months of hard development.

•Tell us about the software.
Microproject combines the elements that we think necessary to run a project within a small team. It's built to be without learning curve and to fit all functions in a single window. At the same time it sports features that lets it be run with many small groups parallell which means it coukd also suit larger operations. The focus is to help the small team work more efficiently. We've limited functionalities when leaving messages etc to force focus on participants and we've combined the classic gantt view lay-out with an extremely simple to-do list functionality.

•Three things project managers should expect from this software
- zero learning curve
- visual overview
- intentional limitations implemented to create focus on result. Our motto is: Reduce, Focus, Deliver.

•What's next? Any new features coming up?
We're looking at improving the resource alert functionality further (among many other things) but also trying to find the best mobile applications to fit our philosophy.

All the best and thanks for stopping by!