Project Management Software For Publishers
A project scheduling tool for the modern publishing house
Full visibility on project progress
In the increasingly competitive publishing industry, operational efficiency is key. Publishers need visibility over timelines and resources throughout the publishing process. Data scattered across multiple systems must be consolidated, and different teams aligned to one project plan.
Chronos is a project scheduling solution that was initially developed for Macmillan Education publishers. We’re currently in the process of updating and packaging the tool, with the aim of releasing it to the project management software market in 2017.
Custom views with toggle function between the gantt and activity setting. Set baselines, crunch projects, move days, add resources, set dependencies, and more.
Email digests, including outstanding tasks and week ahead plan. Reporting on actual results vs. forecasts, and full visibility for project managers and stakeholders.
Imports from Microsoft Project and Excel, exports to Excel, PDF, and more. Bulk updates of permissions and resources, and configurable templates.
This project scheduling tool integrates with other business-critical systems, such as title management and production tools. Real-time alignment and healthy data accuracy.
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Frequently asked questions
WHAT IS PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE?
Project Management software is designed to make it as easy and efficient as possible to track every step of a project, from planning and resource allocation through to setting benchmarks and analysing progress. Many systems also allow granular control, so that department heads receive different information to managers and executives, allowing users to focus on what’s important to them.
WHAT DO PEOPLE LOOK FOR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE?
Reliability is key, because if a web-based software is down, it stops being a powerful tool and becomes a source of annoyance and frustration. Users also look for a solution that’s easy to use and to integrate with current systems. As with any type of professional software, customer service is also important, with 66% of people citing this as a critical factor.
WHO USES PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE?
One of the advantages of Project Management software is that it can add value to businesses of any size and shape. While there’s a long way to go until the market is fully saturated, over half of project managers use software to help them because of its proven ability to increase performance and satisfaction. Two-thirds of companies communicate with their clients through Project Management software, and 97% of organisations believe that Project Management is critical to business performance and organisational success.
WHAT ARE THE KEY ATTRIBUTES OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE?
Tools vary widely depending upon their provider, but most project management software allows users to control costs and manage budgets, to communicate between departments, to set deadlines and create timing plans and to analyse efficiency and store documentation. It’s also typical for project management software to include calendar and contact sharing, as well as time tracking so that you can monitor efficiency and check progress against initial estimates. Most software stores data on the cloud, which makes it available to any user at any time on any device and which avoids problems that can arise from different departments looking at different versions of the same project plan.
WHY USE A TOOL DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR PUBLISHERS?
Generic Project Management tools can be useful, but the reality is that every industry has specific routes to market and a unique set of challenges that they meet along the way. That’s why Project Management software is often designed with a particular vertical in mind.
The publishing process, for example, is very different to putting on events or providing a service. By taking advantage of a piece of software that’s designed specifically for the niche that you work in, you can increase the chances of successful uptake across the business while making sure that every use case is accounted for.