Project Management Software can be a valuable tool. If used properly, it can be a time-saver… especially on complicated projects with a lot of different parts.
This kind of tool allows you to allocate tasks to team members, with a due date for each task. That way, everyone knows what they need to do and by when.
And it doesn’t matter whether team members share the same office or are spread across the world. Project Management Software gives them a clear roadmap of the project… in theory at least.
But before you dive in and commit to using Project Management Software, do a little research. Otherwise you could be adding stress instead of relieving it.
A Frustrating First Experience
My first encounter with Project Management Software was way back in the 1990’s.
I was part of an engineering team, responsible for managing and executing multimillion-dollar projects. We were a small team… young, enthusiastic and extremely talented (with the possible exception of myself! 😊).
One day, our manager announced we had to attend a multi-day Microsoft Project training course. So, we duly attended. I’ll admit, we were mildly impressed with a few features, but overall, we found the capabilities and complexity of MS Project a bit underwhelming.
Now, if you’ve worked with engineers before, you’ll know they tend to be a skeptical bunch… it’s wired in their DNA.
They’re particularly wary of anything that could make their lives more complex.
You see, engineers spend their lives trying to solve complex problems. They strive to find the simplest solutions. And intriguingly, the simple solution is often the most difficult to execute.
As a result, their “complexity radar” is highly tuned. They immediately see when something is unnecessarily complex. And after our multi-day MS Project training, our complexity radars were flashing warning signals like crazy.
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