The Factor team created The Pulse after repeatedly working with project managers who were failing to find software that could help them properly manage their projects. With this collection of tools, The Pulse is unlike anything else currently offered by an A/E project management platform.
Mastering A/E Project Management: A Checklist for Selecting the Right Software For Your Architecture Firm
Don’t choose project management software for your architecture firm without reading this checklist! Selecting the right software can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Making sure the software you select meets all the needs listed below will help ensure you select the project management software that is right for your business.
One of the critical aspects of project management is tracking progress, which is where the concept of percent complete comes into play. Percent complete is a measure of how much of a project has been completed at any given point in time, expressed as a percentage. In this blog post, we will explore why percent complete is important to track on lump sum/fixed fee and hourly not to exceed projects in your firm.
There are so many interconnected aspects of a project that need managed: budgets, timelines, tasks, resources… To do so effectively across a portfolio of many projects, your firm needs an effective and consistent process. The best way to start formulating or improving this process is by identifying the information about each of those subjects that will be tracked and then determining how often they should be reported. Think of it like an inventory of sorts.
Investing in an industry-specific firm management system can be daunting. However, organizations that implement the right solution almost universally find that their new software drives tremendous process improvements and profitability increases, and that the system pays for itself in no time!
Architecture and engineering (A/E) firms use various methods to manage the fees of subconsultants (subs) within their projects. Ideally, all the various subconsultant scenarios a firm encounters could be handled in a system that combines project management and invoicing capabilities. Unfortunately, most project management software is designed to handle only one or two scenarios at best. Here is a breakdown of more common scenerios and best practices on how to handle them.
For architecture and engineering (A/E) firms, resource planning is both an art and a science. You’ve got to consider several variables, including team capacity, project timelines, and client budgets. Fail to consider all of these factors, and projects can go “off the rails” very quickly!
The Factor team is committed to continuously improving your experience and helping your firm succeed. This blog outlines a few new features that were released in the past month that you should be sure to take advantage of. Try them out and let us know what you think!
As a project manager or business principal, you need projects to be easy to add, view and edit. In this release of Factor, we’ve made maintaining project information even faster and more intuitive.
There are many ways to assess your company’s financial performance, profitability, and overall financial health. One of the most common is to look at EBITDA. EBITDA stands for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. In other words, it’s the revenue your company brings in minus standard operating costs like salaries. It’s helpful to look at this figure since things like interest, taxes, etc. are variable and can change over time.