Idea management can be a challenge if IT projects aren’t structured well. Unstructured workflows imply lack of collaboration and communication among team members, which results in them being out of sync with one another when it comes to ideas and innovation.
If you’re a small-business IT project manager, make sure that your focus on project management doesn’t keep your team away from ideation. Set a process to store all these ideas to avoid missing opportunities for improving the business.
Picture this: You’re an IT project manager, racing against time to deliver a project. The client wants you to speed up the delivery, but you’re stuck in a bitter fight between your development and operations teams. The teams are blaming each other for the delay, which doesn’t help you meet the client’s expectations or deadline.
The answer to these problems is DevOps collaboration.
DevOps is an IT management methodology/practice that facilitates faster, more accurate, and smoother software deliveries (especially on the cloud) through collaboration between development and operations teams.
The practice is being widely adopted by many software development businesses, especially small and midsize ones. In fact, 31 percent of SMBs are adopting DevOps across their organization as a business practice.
Imagine manually calculating the total number of hours your team spends on a project only to send an inaccurate count to your client.
If it’s too low, you lose money. If it’s too high, you’ll be asked to provide details/explain why. And your project manager could be in big trouble.
Such situations harm your small business’s client relationships and trust. You could even end up losing a client!
Any small business that cares about its reputation should work hard to avoid such risks. However, 62 percent of small businesses with hourly employees still track time using paper timesheets or spreadsheets, which have a high risk of manual errors.
If you want to stay ahead of the competition and avoid costly business mistakes, you need project management software with project time tracking to streamline your workflow and accurately record project hours. Inaccuracies in time logs will affect project delivery estimates, costing you money, reputational damage, and your client’s trust.
Are you and your team facing productivity challenges? Do you feel that your project management tool isn’t quite what it promised it would be? If you replied “yes” to these questions, it could be time for a new project management software tool that better fits your exact business needs.
Our survey on the top challenges among small businesses found that “productivity improvements” was a top reason to invest in new technology. The second most-cited reason was that small businesses eventually outgrow the technology they’ve been using.
But the decision to ditch your old project management tool for a new one is bound to present you and your project managers new and unique challenges. These include: knowing the right time to purchase a new solution and preparing for employee resistance to new technology.
Small business IT project managers face unique project management challenges. In the learning phase of a project life cycle (i.e., testing and implementation), they have to manage dependencies on IT components and balance the project scope and speed, as well as iterations.
Small business IT managers can address these challenges by adopting an agile workflow. An agile workflow can help them incorporate iterations and handle complex projects one-by-one.