As far back as in 1984, Microsoft revolutionized the project management (PM) field by introducing their Microsoft Project application. Indeed, Project’s innovative approach to developing a plan and tracking progress was God-given for managers of the time.
There has never yet been a more principled battle among project management mavens than that of agile vs. waterfall methodologies. The proponents of both movements claim to have quite weighty pros for ditching the opposite model as ineffective and/or outdated.
In this digital age of globalization, it is difficult to come up with a unique business idea without finding out that the “wheel” has already been invented, or that somebody else on the globe had the “Eureka!” moment just about the same time you did.
Over the past several decades, project management as a discipline has gained a lot of attention. While first developed specifically for use in the construction industry, project management as a methodology has become valued within any and every industry where a task is involved, from graphic design to finance and healthcare.
Team members need to log time so that project managers can effectively track progress and plan resources. But if the process for tracking time is too inconvenient or cumbersome, then it’s not going to happen--no matter how necessary it is.
What defines a successful project? Is it timely delivery? Client satisfaction? High quality work? Meeting the original goal and scope? Maybe a combination of all of those? In the business world of today, every detail matters. As the manager, it’s your job to ensure on time delivery of the project, make sure that the client is satisfied, keep the quality of the work high and meet the goals of the ...
No matter the industry, the goal of project management is to produce the greatest results (read: fastest and most valuable) using the least amount of resources and investment. This is no easy task, as it is more rare to hear a project manager to complain of having too many resources at their disposal than spotting a rainbow after sundown.
There are project managers and consultant project managers. Both of these champions of organizational efficiency and management provide essentially the same exact functions. In case you are looking o get into consulting as a PM, or are a CEO who is considering bringing on a consultant, the main difference between the two PMs is kinda like this:
There has been chatter online that project management software may indeed be invaluable for task assignment and real-time communication with clients, but that it can impede the creative juices of designers from freely flowing. However, this is an ill-fitting, blanket generalization of an entire industry that in fact has a diverse array of options for myriad applications.