In the beginning there was just a few of us at Pelago, and a bunch of subcontractors. We were very much aware of the project management challenges related to running a distributed team. Specifically, how do we get our subcontractors to properly track their time, so we can turn around and accurately bill our clients?
When we launched Intervals we informed our subcontractors that we wouldn’t be paying them unless they tracked their time in Intervals. This made a huge impact on managing projects, because we could now see, in real-time, how much time and budget had been used. And we were able to avoid surprising the client with bills because a subcontractor invoiced us too late.
Another advantage to having subcontractors track their time in the same place is that the team is all using the same web-based application. Team productivity is easily handled from the online mothership with task management, document sharing, project notes, and reports. Once a project is centralized in this way, it makes it much easier to manage.
Keeping subcontractors accountable may not be a big problem for you, but it was for us. Project management is a very fluid arena and it is changing very rapidly… for the better we think. Intervals time tracking project management software is our solution to the common problems faced by a small team. There are a lot of different methodologies — different ways for getting things done — for you to choose from. If you find your time tracking struggles at all similar to ours, you may find Intervals’ online time tracking for employees to be a good fit for your project management needs.