What’s the Difference? Why Not Just Get a Project Management App

October 1, 2015

It’s not rocket science; every business has at least one process. Every process consists of steps, and your team, who is spread throughout a range of departments, is responsible for those actions. Keeping information flowing well is no easy feat. That’s where Volano comes in. We take a holistic approach to workflow management, taking the time to walk through each area of your business. We discuss your expectations, challenges, and goals. We combine that knowledge with technical expertise to craft applications and system solutions that improve each step of your process, ultimately boosting workflow. In today’s blog, we want to point out some of the glaring differences between what the fine folk at Volano do and your average project management apps.

First, let’s dive into what a typical project management app does. Inevitably, project management apps are supposed to make your life easier by organizing and managing all your projects and tasks from one central spot. Sounds great, right? And it might be, but with these one-stop-shop apps you are missing out on some crucial ingredients to the process that are actually customized to your business to achieve even greater project organization and management.

Number one: transparency

Our solutions at Volano are designed to keep information flowing, building confidence across the board. Every team member wants to feel informed and every owner wants to know where projects are at any given time. With Volano, you will never have to worry about whether or not your message or task got left in the dark or put into an overstuffed inbox. This is a big problem with project management apps the rely heavily on email; it offers no transparency; have they seen the task? Do they still have it? Who is working on it?  How close to completion are they?

Number two: accuracy

When using a project management app, project managers must learn how to use a program’s major features and ensure that team members learn to use the components they need to perform their work accordingly. With that, accuracy can sometimes fall by the wayside. To truly see and communicate what works and what doesn’t, measurement is key. At Volano we create software that will identify what processes are working, and where workflow could improve. Implementing key rules and checkpoints will help you identify training opportunities—as well as lead to a better, more accurate product or service.

Number three: efficiency

Because time often equates to money in the project world, it is important for managers to manage time, resources and personal efficiency if they wish to succeed. Creating a product or providing a service over and over again that never waivers in quality and doing it efficiently, is a common challenge in any industry. Our solutions help define each step of the process, assuring quality and efficiency across the board.

Number four: accountability

Like many project management apps, they often have a learning curve that varies based on the program’s complexity. Project management software may also cause novice project managers to generate projects that are more complex than they should be which could cause problems with holding the appropriate person accountable with certain tasks. With growth often comes the challenge of accountability; balancing employee empowerment with management. Solutions from Volano are designed to support your team members while clarifying and helping to monitor information including assignments, responsibilities and deadlines.

We make software to make work flow. We bring together proven practices and technical expertise with your specific challenges and goals to improve how work flows through every area of your business. Our all-encompassing approach connects Marketing to Sales to Operations to Accounting, and to any other department within your organization. It really is that simple. If you’d like to learn more about how to make your work flow, visit us online or give us a call.