Is it better to have projects in their own workspaces or folders?

04/07/21
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Hello! I'm seeking advice from experienced users. We will have a master sheet with key information from all of our projects stored for tracking/reporting. However, for all the projects (and considering that we will have active and closed projects), is it better to create a separate workspace for each project or folder?


Thank you!

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  • Richard HeathRichard Heath ✭✭✭✭
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    Hi @Teresa Suranyi .

    We run many projects, each residing within their own Workspace. A team of people then only have access to those Workspaces that we grant them. As an administrator, I have access to all Workspaces, which can be cumbersome.

    If you have a Master Sheet that sits outside of all your Project Workspaces, consider how it will perform when Workspaces are Backed-up / Deleted. You may have to manually link reports/sheets to your Master as new Workspaces are created.

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  • Andrée StaråAndrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Teresa Suranyi

    I hope you're well and safe!

    It depends.

    • How many projects?
    • Who should have access?
    • What is included with each project?

    Can you describe your process in more detail and maybe share the sheet(s)/copies of the sheet(s) or some screenshots? (Delete/replace any confidential/sensitive information before sharing) That would make it easier to help. (share too, [email protected])

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!

    Best,

    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

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  • Hi, Andrée,

    Thank you for the questions. Here are my answers:

    • This will be our ongoing project tracking, so right now will be around 50, but obviously in a few years, a few hundred.
    • Each project team will have access to their project information (either via a folder or workspace depending on what we land on), while the PMO will have access to all projects.
    • Each project will have the standard project charter, RAID log, workplan, associated deliverables, etc. attached.
    • Certain data points will be automated to be pulled into a master project tracking database.


    Thanks!

  • Andrée StaråAndrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Teresa Suranyi

    Happy to help!

    Sharing is much simpler with Workspaces, and you could have them by project or by the team.

    Have you looked at the premium add-on, Control Center?

    It's fantastic, and with it, most parts can be automated.

    Let me know if you want to explore it and need more information.

    What do you think?

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    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

    W: www.workbold.com | E: [email protected] | P: +46 (0) - 72 - 510 99 35

    Feel free to contact me about help with Smartsheet, integrations, general workflow advice, or something else entirely.

  • Hi, Andrée,

    Thank you for the offer. At this point, as we are just starting out, we see this as manageable. We will see in the future.

    T

  • Andrée StaråAndrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Teresa Suranyi

    You're more than welcome!

    Yes, that makes sense, but I mentioned it now because if it's interesting, it might be better to implement it now when you set everything up. If you do it later, when you already have many projects going, it will take some time to migrate that information.

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    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

    W: www.workbold.com | E: [email protected] | P: +46 (0) - 72 - 510 99 35

    Feel free to contact me about help with Smartsheet, integrations, general workflow advice, or something else entirely.

  • Richard HeathRichard Heath ✭✭✭✭
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    Hi @Teresa Suranyi .

    We run many projects, each residing within their own Workspace. A team of people then only have access to those Workspaces that we grant them. As an administrator, I have access to all Workspaces, which can be cumbersome.

    If you have a Master Sheet that sits outside of all your Project Workspaces, consider how it will perform when Workspaces are Backed-up / Deleted. You may have to manually link reports/sheets to your Master as new Workspaces are created.

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