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project management software for a small firm

  • 1.  project management software for a small firm

    Posted 17 days ago
    I am looking for the best project management software for a small firm (principal plus drafter). Would that be Microsoft Project since I have MS Office 365? I would have to pay for the Project $10 or $30 per month subscription, depending if the Reports and desktop interface are worth paying 3x the basic subscription price.

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    Micah Smith AIA
    Architect
    MS Architecture
    San Luis Obispo CA
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  • 2.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 14 days ago
    You should checkout Project Libre. Similar to MS Project but open source. 
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  • 3.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 14 days ago
    Thank you, I will look up Project Libre now!

    Micah

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    Micah Smith AIA
    Architect
    MS Architecture
    San Luis Obispo CA
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  • 4.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 13 days ago
    Micah, I use a free product I found, I think it's made by one of the Universities called GanttProject it's easy to use and works like Project, I am not sure if it will do what you need but it is worth a go. Here is the link https://www.ganttproject.biz/

    You can also Link to MS Project and Ganttproject from a Sketchup Model using PlusDesignBuild, here is a Youtube video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPzgTLycdOY&list=PLNRcN-A1tOEyyWrpuaqKO_Oco9aHcOTKw&index=2&t=1s

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    Andrew Dwight
    Designer/BIM manager AAD Build
    BDM RubySketch
    Sydney Australia
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  • 5.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 14 days ago
    Harvest

    We have found this to be quite effective and easy to use.

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    Jodi van der Wiel AIA
    Design Director
    Vocon
    Brecksville OH
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  • 6.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 13 days ago
    Thank you Jodi, Looking at Harvest, I'm disappointed it does not integrate with Quickbooks Desktop. However Harvest does look interesting so I will look into it. 

    The job progress tracking function peaks my interest most from what I've seen so far.
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    Micah D. Smith, AIA
    Architect

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  • 7.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 12 days ago
    My office recently started using Asana. It was pretty easy to convert from our paper/pencil and excel spreadsheet methodology to this software. There is a free version but we opted for a subscription that's about $800/yr for 4 people.  We're really happy with it so far.

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    Heather Susemihl AIA
    Partner
    McCall Design and Planning Inc.
    Mccall ID
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  • 8.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 13 days ago
    Also voting for Harvest - we hardly tap all of its abilities, but it has helped us greatly in the project cost accounting area.

    Get a look at Wrike. We started down the road with it but decided it took too much in input time compared to value of output - but I really liked it. This is the trouble with most project management tools. They are either telling you what you already know, or you spend your time in the tool rather than producing value for your clients, which a small firm just can't afford. Your billable time is much more important than the cost of the tool. If you find a tool that costs $150.00 per month but allows you to bill two more hours a month in your practice, you are money ahead!

    I don't know why people use MS Project for multiple project management for architectural projects. I have never had the impression that it was made to input and present that kind of information in an efficient way.

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    Philip Kabza AIA
    Principal
    SpecGuy Specifications Consultants
    Mount Dora FL
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  • 9.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 13 days ago
    Thank you Philip, good to hear some consensus forming, and project cost accounting would be a plus for me as well. Good point about paying for software, it it saves time. I've been debating getting into Bluebeam Revu for cost reasons. I get exhausted with all of the subscriptions these days. 

    Do you use Quickbooks desktop pro or web or other bookkeeping software? 

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    Sincerely,
    Micah D. Smith, AIA
    Architect

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    Office: 805-242-6022
    Mobile: 805-704-7118
    micah@msmith-arch.com
    msmith-arch.com
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    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401



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  • 10.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 13 days ago
    Monograph was designed by people trained as architects.

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    Dawn Zuber, FAIA
    Owner
    Studio Z Architecture
    Plymouth, MI
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  • 11.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 13 days ago
    ArchiOffice is another solution, allowing project billing and time tracking.  Originally developed by an Architect, I believe.

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    Michael Tulp AIA
    Story Construction
    Ames IA
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  • 12.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 13 days ago
    I have heard of ArchiOffice, but last I checked it didn't integrate with Quickbooks Desktop pro, only the online version.

    I'll look at it again.


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    Sincerely,
    Micah D. Smith, AIA
    Architect

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    Office: 805-242-6022
    Mobile: 805-704-7118
    micah@msmith-arch.com
    msmith-arch.com
    1022 Mill Street, Suite D
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401



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  • 13.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 12 days ago
    We used ArchiOffice for a while but it was not robust enough for the types of reporting we wanted to do.  We were convinced by the parent company of ArchiOffice (BQE) to go to their Core program which was supposed to be a step up.  Unfortunately Core is not far enough along in development to what we need either.  It has better reporting but you really need them to customize everything for you which involves a lot of cost.  We are looking at alternatives currently, Harvest is one I have heard of as well.  We have recently procured Salesforce so we are looking for something that speaks to that as well (so far they have recommended Sage).  Our intent would be to run timekeeping and invoicing  through one program but use Salesforce not only as CRM but also just project data that can connect with the other program to deliver all functionality that we need.

    TLDR: We have tried a few programs and have realized we need to use a few to get what we need.

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    Jan Martin AIA
    Principal
    TWINSTEPS, INC.
    San Jose, CA
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  • 14.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 12 days ago
    What Salesforce product are you using and what is the cost? I like the CRM idea. And I"ll look at Sage...

    I need to be careful being a 2 person firm with getting bogged down in project management software, but do want to be effective and efficient with time.

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    Micah Smith AIA
    Architect
    MS Architecture
    San Luis Obispo CA
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  • 15.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 12 days ago
    Anyone tried BigTime? It integrates with QB Desktop or Online. Seems robust. Might be a good option if not too expensive, which cost is something I'm looking into now.

    I wish these other architect-focused PM softwares integrated with QB Desktop, not just Online...

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    Micah Smith AIA
    Architect
    MS Architecture
    San Luis Obispo CA
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  • 16.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 12 days ago
    Another Plus 1 for Monograph.io -

    Use the coupon code practiceinnovation to get one month free

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    Evelyn Lee AIA
    Senior Workplace Experience Strategy
    Slack Technologies Inc
    Lafayette CA
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  • 17.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 11 days ago
    Our office was originally using excel, and wasting a bunch of time... We tried out Monday.com for a bit, however it's not great once you have more than a few projects, and everything needs to customized. We have currently landed on Zoho.com. It offers a lot of different integrations and many different reporting abilities. It also has a lot of other business management tools that seem like a good future investment. It works pretty well for us, but not necessarily built for architecture offices, it's a good all-around tool.

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    Nicholas Voell-White Assoc. AIA
    Director of BIM Implementation
    AEC-Technologies
    Redondo Beach CA
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  • 18.  RE: project management software for a small firm

    Posted 11 days ago
    I've been using ArchiOffice for about eight years now and it's been a wholly positive experience. As a sole practitioner I don't require the full range of tools and capabilities so a larger more complex practice may have a different perspective. But my practice does involve multiple project types and modalities and the platform supports everything I've asked of it. It's been particularly useful in managing the work I do as a full-time faculty member; for both teaching and research.

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    Timothy Brown AIA
    Principal
    Tim Brown Architecture
    Six Mile SC
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