Poll: What feature would you appreciate most in a Project Management application?
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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I don't use any PM solution Apr 13

I have nothing so complex to manage that a simple Excel file won’t solve. I like to keep things simple…

[Edited at 2019-04-13 09:15 GMT]


Ricki Farn
Angus Stewart
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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Czech to French
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I hate PM solutions! Apr 13

Every client develops their own, who is supposed to use 50 different systems? Unless they use Plunet, which is one of the worst ones. The one-click invoicing, where it exists, is the only useful feature - to me, I can believe the system is helpful for the agency.

Angus Stewart
neilmac
 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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none Apr 13

Many years ago I used online tools an MS Project, PrimaVera, or simply visualized time-tracking/progress in Excel, but not now--and I'm happy)

By the definition, a PM (not withstanding the skills and requirements) is but a scapegoat.


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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English to Danish
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No PM application for me Apr 13

At least not now that I have developed my own procedures and subscribe to an accounting system, where I do the invoicing.

neilmac
 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 09:40
Member (2005)
English to German
No PM application for me either Apr 13

In German, it's called "firing cannons at sparrows". Apparently, the English translation is "cracking a nut with a sledgehammer". Either way, you get the idea.

neilmac
Teresa Borges
 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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PM application, lol! Apr 13

PM apps are for those who (1) are insecure enough not to make their own control spreadsheets in Excel. There are no features any app can offer that you can't to the same in Excel, whatsoever; (2) have enough money to spend in unnecessary apps/software. It's similar to people who pay accountants to do their controls and their tax returns. Absolutely unnecessary, and you can do it yourself (actually a LOT better) if you are willing to spend some time in learning how to.

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Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:40
German to English
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Can't see a need for any Apr 13

There are only so many translation projects that a single translator can handle, so there isn't any kind of large volume of projects to manage.

 

Philip Lees  Identity Verified
Greece
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Member (2008)
Greek to English
Tax accounting Apr 14

Mario Freitas wrote:

It's similar to people who pay accountants to do their controls and their tax returns. Absolutely unnecessary, and you can do it yourself (actually a LOT better) if you are willing to spend some time in learning how to.


That depends where you are. In Greece the tax regulations change frequently, so unless you want to spend time keeping yourself up to date on a permanent basis, it makes sense to pay a professional.

I agree about the PM business, though. I manage perfectly well using Excel, with one sheet per client and a summary page at the start.


Mario Freitas
 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 09:40
Member (2018)
French to English
none Apr 15

A paper diary for deadlines and a scrap of paper for a to-do list are all I need.

I have an Excel file for my accounts, but that's accounting not project management.

At the agency we simply had one plastic sleeve for each project and we printed everything and kept it all in order. Then when we were bought out, I no had to do project management. They introduced Plunet at some point, luckily it didn't change anything for me as an in-house translator. I did have to sit in on a couple of training sessions and they were easily the most boring hours of my stint working there.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 04:40
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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@ Philip Apr 16

Philip Lees wrote:
That depends where you are. In Greece the tax regulations change frequently, so unless you want to spend time keeping yourself up to date on a permanent basis, it makes sense to pay a professional.


In Brazil, the rules and laws change practically every day, above all in an attempt to take as much money from the citizen as possible and to fool them into making mistakes and paying more on purpose. However, it's still a matter of insecurity or laziness to pay someone else to do that for you, unless you have a company. My comment did not consider a company, as that requires an accountant most of the time, indeed.


 


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