It’s Time For New!

new new newIf there is a student or teacher in your household, you know that a new year has begun or is about to begin. Generally, people of all ages involved with traditional schools in the U.S. know that these weeks are about new: new teachers/students, new things to learn, new people to meet, new outfits to wear, new challenges and rewards to experience. For those who look forward to “new,” there is a certain excitement in the air.

There is a certain excitement and energy in the offices of Spitfire Management also. We will launch the general release of our newest version of the Spitfire Project Management System later in September. In early September (soon!), we will preview the new version to our clients. So you can be sure we are all busy putting the finishing touches on the software and related client information.

We will show our clients a number of new features, some meant to facilitate work for System Administrator and Managers and some meant to make Spitfire easier to use for everyone.

One feature that I’m particularly excited for our clients to see is our new “team member replacement” option.

Our software allows for team members to be listed and identified for each project. This, in turn, makes it easy to route (distribute) documents and files to members of a team based on their role in the project (such as Project Manager or Job Foreman). Our routing infrastructure works very well in getting the right information to the right people at the right time.

But what if the Project Manager or Job Foreman on a job leaves and is replaced by another person? Routing lists that have already been created would need to be updated one by one to reflect the new person in the role.  Although this situation does not happen all the time, when it does, it should be handled easily. So Spitfire V2016 will allow a qualified user to easily replace a team member on one or more projects with another person. The feature adds the new person to the team and updates all open routes, so the switch is seamless. Of course, audit information for the outgoing person is preserved.

This feature, as are many others, was suggested to us by our clients. It is they who give us our best ideas for new features. So I, for one, am looking forward to our client webinar, where we will show them how their ideas translate into new functionality.

It is a time for new. It’s an exciting time!

If you would like to see our Spitfire Project Management System V2016 also, please contact us for a free demo.

Awe Thanks

treeI recently enjoyed reading The Healing Power of Nature, an article in the July 14th issue of TIME magazine by Alexandra Sifferlin. One of the points in the piece was that a 2015 study found that people who spent 60 seconds looking up at towering trees were more likely to report feeling awe than those who looked at equally tall buildings.  

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The One Constant is Change

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be preparedFinally, after all the training and effort, your company is running like a well-tuned machine. Finally your Project Managers have grasped that Accounting needs details in order to keep track of the project’s expenses. And your Accountants have accepted that the Project Managers will never give them all the details, so they will need to double check the account codes before they post. Everything is perfect, and then…

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Realign and Redefine

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As everything is changing around us, it is imperative that we remain open-minded, flexible, adaptive and able to leverage the flood of everything new.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has exited our solar system to explore the Kuiper Belt (a 10-year trip), Juno just entered orbit around Jupiter (a 5-year trip) for a 20-month review before a career ending dive through the atmosphere, and Hitomi recorded x-rays from 240 million light years away while tracking a supermassive black hole in February of this year.

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The Day You Appreciate the Tool / System / Software

manual food processorI like to cook my own dinners. Often these dinners require some amount of chopping—of garlic, peppers, olives, tomatoes, parsley, etc. I’m so used to the chopping that I used to not think much about it, until I saw a nifty kitchen gadget called the Kitchen King Pro Manual Food Processor. For some reason, the hand crank appealed to me: I would still be prepping my food (deserving of thanks for my “hard work”), but it would be easier. So I bought one.

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