Software Factory: Budget Report Application For A Resort Group

Emeteclass - Budget report application for a resort group

Emeteclass has developed a budget report application for a resort group. The app simulates different forecast scenarios in order to evaluate the impact on the operations and monitor the financial health of the companies.

In this period of the year, it is a common practice in companies dealing with the budget. A budget is an estimate of future numbers based on information you already know. In practice, budgets estimate the profits, costs, expenses, financial performance, and cash flow of a business for a particular period of time.

Planning the business’ financial future will always be aligned with your strategy, and it is a very important issue for creating an economical sustainability in your business.


We offer a full-cycle custom software development, from requirements elicitation to product design and development, quality assurance testing and deployment. We follow an offshore development team paradigm while adapt to customer’s own working standards. We have developed successful applications and services for a huge range of industries. Contact us emete@emete.com

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Participar em Workshops é Interessante. Construir um Drone num Workshop… é Super Divertido!

The 1st Floor Challenge (T1FC), Lisbon 2015.06.06


O workshop The 1st Floor Challenge (T1FC) é um workshop de Gestão de Projetos que decorre durante um dia inteiro. Tem a sua componente teórica e depois, como o próprio nome indica, é proposto um desafio prático aos participantes. É formada uma equipa, onde cada membro têm um papel específico a desempenhar durante o projeto – neste caso foi As Três Mosqueteiras e D’Artagnan. Havia várias responsabilidades, por exemplo, uma pessoa era responsável por “Cortar”, outra por “Colar”, outra por “Montar”, “Inspeccionar” e ainda “Motivador”.

O desafio era montar um drone a baixo custo, durante x tempo proposto pelo cliente, aplicando as metodologias de gestão de projetos que nos foram ensinadas. Na primeira parte foi-nos apresentado o conceito de Design Thinking, no sentido em que devemos perceber o que o nosso cliente pretende, mesmo que este não se consiga expressar corretamente. Aqui tivemos um pequeno desafio, o nosso cliente pediu-nos um drone para um determinado efeito e nós tivemos que perceber, de facto, para que é que serviria este drone. É essencial, para um bom projeto, perceber ao início o que é pretendido. Podemos fazer algo muito bem feito, mas se não for aquilo que o cliente quer, fizemos tudo mal.

Na segunda parte foram-nos ensinadas metodologias de gestão de projeto, passo a passo, de uma forma objetiva e simples. Cada metodologia ensinada, era imediatamente aplicada no nosso projeto. Senti que assimilei os conhecimentos muito rápido por este motivo. No final, pusemos mão à obra e construimos o drone. Ainda me lembro de pensar no início “Meu Deus, como é que vou construir um drone? Não percebo nada disto!” e no final fiquei tão feliz porque o drone voou. Percebi que dadas as instruções de montagem, e aplicadas as boas práticas de gestão de projetos, se tornou muito mais fácil de concretizar.

A nossa equipa foi unida e muito motivada, o que também foi positivo. Não nos conhecíamos, mas isso não nos impediu de trabalharmos bem juntos, e até de nos divertirmos. Por vezes havia momentos de pressão, ou situações de risco, e isso uniu-nos mais. O resultado final: o drone voou durante cinco segundos e caiu três vezes, até que se partiu. Mas o que importa é que aprendemos algo novo, e foi um dia muito bem passado.

A equipa era composta por quatro elementos, três dos quais já trabalhadores, e notava-se que estavam entusiasmados por poder aplicar o que aprenderam no seu meio de trabalho. Eu, sendo a única estudante, adaptei as boas práticas para me organizar nos trabalhos de grupo da faculdade. Curiosamente este workshop decorreu numa altura em que tinha muitos trabalhos para entregar num curto espaço de tempo, e tinha que conseguir organizar as minhas tarefas para os concluir atempadamente. Assim, desenhei um esquema, da mesma forma que aprendi neste workshop, onde dividi os meus trabalhos em atividades mais curtas e simples. Estimei uma duração para cada atividade e fiz um schedule. O resultado foi ótimo! Não por ter entregue a tempo – isso iria acontecer de qualquer das formas – mas pelo conforto com que trabalhei, e pela qualidade do trabalho ter sido boa. Não tive que apressar nada, trabalhava com mais calma e, por isso, melhor. O próximo projeto vai ser a minha tese de mestrado que começa já em Janeiro, onde vou por em prática as metodologias de gestão de projetos que aprendi neste workshop.

De todos os workshops que fiz até hoje, este foi sem duvida, o melhor.

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We Moved Our Office For Five Days to Helsinki

Emeteclass in Helsinki

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Last year we had the experience to move the office to the Algarve for two days, it was a fantastic experience! This year we decided to repeat, and increase our challenge, we moved the office to Helsinki for five days.

Helsinki is a beautiful city, it’s located in southern Finland, near the Baltic Sea and has 1.4 million of people and 3,697 km² in its metropolitan area.

The challenge
Changing the office without impacting customer service is a big challenge. This year we decided to increase the level of complexity and added two new elements:

  • increasing the time period of 2 days to 5 days, and
  • moving to a city with a different timezone.

This made Helsinki an excellent choice: five days in a Nordic city with +2 hours of our usual schedule of work made our challenge most interesting.

Emeteclass in Helsinki

The office
We rented an apartment with Internet access in the metropolitan area, near the train station. The fact that we were near the train station allowed us not only to dedicate time to work, but also to take time to discover the city, go to museums, and visit the beach.

What would be the ideal number of days to move the office?
This year we created an internal survey to know what would be the amount of days our people consider ideal for this initiative. These were the results:

Emeteclass em Helsínquia

5 days 20%
15 days 80%
1 month 0%

This was some of the feedback:
“One week it’s not enough, you’re only beginning to adapt to the new location. Two weeks would be great.”
“It’s a more intense experience if it takes longer”

Why did we create this challenge?
Moving the office to a different place different from the usual is a great team building activity. In this short amount of time we can be quite productive and have excellent ideas.

What’s next?
The choice for the next destination is still open for discussion. The requirements are: to be a safe destination, to have internet connection, and good places to eat.

What are your suggestions?

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Why it’s Crucial for Project Managers to Improve their Speaking Skills

Even the rich, famous and powerful can be afraid of public speaking. It doesn’t need to be a big crowd; the mere thought of speaking in public can be enough for many people to start quaking in their boots. However, like many skills there are several methods which can be utilized to overcome this fear and provide the best speech of your life; each and every time!
Everyone can benefit from improving their public speaking skills; it is an essential skill in many areas of life. Project managers in particular need to be able to present their ideas and the ongoing analysis of a project to many different groups. The following tips will enable anyone to improve their public speaking skills:

Why it’s Crucial for Project Managers to Improve their Speaking Skills

Use “the wall” to help you relax your voice

Before you enter the venue where you will be giving your speech you will find it very beneficial to find a quiet spot with a wall. Push the wall with both hands for approximately two minutes at shoulder height. Your focus will be on moving the wall and not the speech you are about to give. After a couple of minutes face the wall and say something out loud. You may be surprised at just how relaxed your voice is.

Exercise your tongue can help you speak loud and clearly

Follow the wall exercise by sticking your tongue out as far as you can. You then need to say the whole of a nursery rhyme out loud. It may be difficult to do but it will allow the back of your throat to open fully and this will help you to sound more confident when giving a speech. This needs to be done right before your speech as the effects of sticking your tongue out last approximately five minutes; enough time to make a confident start to your speech.

Why it’s Crucial for Project Managers to Improve their Speaking Skills

Take deep breaths to help you hold a fluent presentation

Nerves before a speech will often make your breathing and speaking faster. To avoid this you need to breathe in through your nose whilst counting to three and then out, through your nose, for a count of three. Repeat this exercise three times and you will have slowed your heart rate and your speech.

Squeezing can help you deal with nerves

Extreme nerves may mean your whole body shakes and you do not want your audience to see this. The best solution is to squeeze your buttocks or thighs together; this action will prevent your body from shaking.

Pausing should be used to gauge attention

Instead of launching into your speech the moment you are in front of everyone take a few seconds to simply smile at the audience and compose yourself. It will make you look extremely confident no matter how you may feel.

Have an attention-grabbing opening line

You must know what your opening line will be; this will avoid the nerves and get you rolling. Once you have started you will find the rest of the speech rolls along; particularly if you have taken the time to practices beforehand. It is usually best to open with a clear statement or a story.

Your hands

It can sometimes be difficult to know what to do with your hands when speaking. They can seem to be everywhere and of little use. The best technique to avoid them waving manically in the air is to lightly hold them together and hold them in front of your stomach. This will make you appear open and relaxed and will help you to feel confident.

Why it’s Crucial for Project Managers to Improve their Speaking Skills

Be natural and your audience will like you

Speaking to an audience can make you want to use formal words and words that are not naturally used in conversations. This will not help your nerves or your audience. You wish to come across as a normal person so that they can relate to you. Use your normal voice and be yourself, this will instantly make you feel more confident and your audience will find your message easier to understand and follow.
At the end of your speech it can be extremely beneficial to come back to the idea or the story that you started with. The audience will receive closure and will know the speech is being wound up whilst being reminded of the key points.

By William Taylor and LondonSpeakerBureau.com!

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The 1st Floor Challenge – Learn from Experience

T1FC - The 1 Floor Challenge

We have recently took the T1FC challenge to 26 Project Management graduate students from the IUT Lumière Lyon 2. Students had the opportunity to completely execute the 5 project management phases, applied to a real problem – build a quadcopter – while learning Design Thinking and having fun. For most of them this was the first time they run an entire project – an awesome experience, they say!

The Lyon’s two days event was headed by a one day challenge in Portugal. Three, almost, consecutive days of T1FC was an outstanding experience for us. It generated a whirlwind of ideas and information sharing that finally helped us to understand the entire T1FC’s potential and to put in the right track.

If you read our previous post you can conclude that the T1FC was designed, from scratch, to be a hands-on and funny challenge where participants learn/apply Project Management and Design Thinking methodologies while build a quadcopter in a real-world simulated scenario.

As a result of several retrospectives, it is now clear that The 1st Floor Challenge intercepts three different domains, to which we are happy with:

  • Project Management
  • Design Thinking
  • Team Building

But why Team Building and how T1FC can help?

The literature is full of definitions for Team Building, a good one seems to be: “is the use of different types of interventions that are aimed at enhancing social relations and clarifying team members’ roles, as well as solving tasks and interpersonal problems that affect team functionality”. Of course that there are a lot of available activities you can choose for your Team Building event, but it is the problem: TB activities are so far from the real world team’s tasks and roles that, in the best case, they are just seen as a ‘jolly’ moment by team members who were invited to participate.

Said that, let’s go back to the definition. It states three important aspects: “…enhancing social relations and clarifying team members’ roles … and [help to solve] interpersonal problems that affect team functionality.” Most of the companies, when think in TB, have two objectives in mind: 1. Help people to work together, instead of individually and 2. Help people in order to reduce resistant to change, to guarantee that resistance does not affect the group’s ability to move forward.

How are these two objectives achieved when you put your people to play silly games to which they are not motivated and see no clear (real world) objective? Wasn’t it better to have the chance to do Team Building in a close to real scenario simulation?

What if your team members are able to play the roles they play in everyday work in a controlled and fun real life simulation environment? This is The 1st Floor Challenge!

With the T1FC you have the possibility to give your teams the chance to learn/practice the PMBOK best practices, learn/practice Design Thinking, learn to work together, socialize and be part of an experience that is close to what they will find in their everyday work. Because team members, actually play and practice on a simulated scenario, they will be able to better translate the acquired learning to their everyday work. The outcomes of the Team Building event will persist much more than when you play out-of-the-office silly games… and don’t forget that Team Building is only useful if it happens continuously, it needs to be part of the corporate culture.

The T1FC can, for sure, help on this – Give it a try, you will get a memorable Team Building experience!

Join us – Play, Learn and Grow!

– The T1FC Team (http://www.the1stfloorchallenge.com/)

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