Skriv knows how you work
First, you define your workflow by listing its steps. Then you create templates, each one designate active steps and their default durations. Some steps could be set as optional; it's useful when your process is not linear and multiple steps could be done at the same time.
Knowing how you work is the deep strength of Skriv. Thank to that, it can help you to manage your projects by automating actions that are usually done by hand.
Say no to repetitive actions
You know this knid of situation: You created a project, but now you spend your time to assign tasks and sub-projects to your team members. When someone tell you their work is done, you close the task and assign the next one to the right person, and so on again and again. Whatever the project's value and duration, you have to take the time to do that.
Knowing how you work, Skriv use your workflow to follow the projets' progress. The right people are assigned at the right time, depending on their roles on each project. And when a task is completed, the step is marked as done and the project automatically move forward to the next step − and to the next assignment.
Automatic reverse planning
No more projects that are late even before their creation
Another example: Someone force a project on your timeline. You know that the project will be late, but they put pressure on you to accept. If you had a formal way to show that it is not possible, they would understand it; but you don't, so they push their projects at all costs.
When you create a project in Skriv, you choose a template and a deadline. Then Skriv computes the steps' intermediate deadlines, through to the default durations defined in the template. If some steps are already late, they are shown in red. It's simple and clear for everybody.
Thank to this feature, when somebody will tell you « I really need this project for the end of the month! », you will be able to answer « You see, to meet this deadline, the two first steps should have already been completed. Do you think you can do them for tonight? ».
A really easy-to-use software
Because it matters
Yes, every softwares say they are easy to handle. But why their interfaces are looking like a space shuttle's dashboard? So many icons which meaning is clear to no one, features that nobody will ever use... In the end, maybe it's not surprising if your team doesn't use them.
A tool is most valuable when you forget about it. All the time you spend on Skriv is useful; you will never hesitate between many similar options, you will not be misled by an unclear interface.
One glance roadmap report
A view global and accurate at the same time? Yes it is!
It is not always easy to get a consistent view on projects. We need to know the status of the running work, but also if everything is in place for what is coming next. And how do we know if the delayed projects are back on track?
Most of project management softwares can't show you all these information at the same time; and when they can, data are hard to extract.
Skriv offers a view where projects are listed, grouped by cycle/sprint/release/deadline and sorted by priority, showing their status for all steps of the workflow. If you only want a global sight, you know if your projects are on track in one glance. If you want to precisely see what is going well and where it's stuck, the color boxes give you an instant look.
Obviously, you can download this list to open it in a spreadsheet software and use it in your documents.
Built-in step validation
When you need to check what have been done
Did you ever have to double your workflow steps, just to add validation safeguards? It's the best way to make a process unnecessarily complex. And complexity is no fun.
Skriv let you say − step by step − if the work must be validated, and by who. Then a step would be considered as completed once it's done and validated.
Skriv warns you when it's necessary
Skriv send you notification emails, but only when you're concerned. No need to disturb you when a project's current step has nothing to do with you, right? You are warned when you need to work on a project, and when a comment is added.
And to help team monitoring, Skriv can push notifications to a Slack channel. Stay tuned!
Adapted to your terminology
The tool must fit you, not the other way round
There may be people in your team who don't have a degree in project management. It is normal, they are not project manager! The usage of a project management software should be crystal clear for everybody.
Then why are you using a software that imposes its own terms? Maybe you are not managing projects, but user stories, construction sites or guitars? Do you prefer to use a list of projects or a backlog? And you express the value of your projects in days, dollars or complexity points?
You can tell Skriv what is your terminology. So everything will be much more natural.