We’ve come a long way from managing work on spreadsheets to using sophisticated software to manage complex projects across multiple disciplines! So what’s new in project management, and what are the trends that you just cannot turn a blind eye to any longer?
Newer technologies like Agile: Agile methodologies have gone absolutely viral and despite their fair share of pros and cons, ‘Agile’ seems to be the buzz word in the world of project management. If you haven’t already done so, perhaps it is time to check if new frameworks that fall under the Agile umbrella work for your company? And if you do join the bandwagon, remember that Agile is not just for the project manager, but for the whole team. There is a plethora of information on Agile on the internet, but you can start with good old Wiki.
Visual modelling: This is perhaps more relevant to software companies and less to other organizations. It is common knowledge that visual images are easier to comprehend that verbose texts/instructions. For instance, we’re pretty sure the below image will be much more appealing to you, than the painstakingly-written paragraphs above!
So wherever possible, try to use logical design and modelling in your design/planning stages. It could be as simple as an amateur flow-chart on a piece of paper, which everyone contributes ideas to! This will certainly help your team understand both the goals and the way to get there.
Crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing is simply a practice to use the collective knowledge of several people internal or even external to your organization. Crowdsourcing can be a great tool, not just to manage ideas for your projects, but also to motivate your team and involve them in the goals that will eventually be accomplished.
Project management software: A lot of people do manage projects manually, but this can get tricky if you need to work towards multiple resources, projects and deadlines. Establishing clear workflow and using simple software to manage all your work would greatly increase productivity.
So there’s some food for thought! And, if you do have the need for simple and straight-forward project management software, do get in touch with us on 0044-0207 976 0116. We’d be delighted to show how Panacea can work for you.