Approximately 75% of all firms within the AIA are small firms (10 employees or less), which equates to 14,288 small firms within the organization.
~25% = sole practitioners = 4,750
~35% = 1-5 employees = 6,650
~15% = 5-10 employees = 2,850We need to find ways to leverage that size for collaboration and influence, just like the individual large firms do.
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I am a principal in our firm of 10 – we have 3 principals, 4 architects, an interior designer, an office manager, and usually an intern. Our firm has been struggling with finding a firmwide project schedule / workload management tool that is agile and easy to use. We use Deltek Ajera for our accounting software, but their scheduling component is very granular and requires budgeting time by the hour. We are simply looking for a way to view all active project schedules/deadlines through an overview that we can reference when we are deciding whether to accept more work, who to assign to projects, and how to establish new project deadlines without unfairly stacking deliverables on top of each other, particularly for staff members assigned to multiple projects. It would be great if we could get Ajera to produce a format that is useful because so much of the information already is populated there, but I have not had any luck working with their support team.
I have looked at a ton of options ranging from an Excel spreadsheet, to a more robust interface like MS Project or Monday.com, Asana, etc. I need something that is simple and easy to keep up to date, but that provides the information that we need to reference at a glance. Ideally, the tool would also integrate with our Outlook Calendars.
Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated!