People often think that operations management and project management software are the same as both offer goal setting, resource scheduling, budget management, reviewing progress, and revising strategy. So, businesses think they can manage their functions and projects with either option.
However, these solutions are not the same.
We know that the inefficient and unorganized management of projects results in low team productivity, which causes project failure. It’s one reason why businesses consider investing in project management software for their teams.
A GetApp survey about understanding small-business challenges and approaches to technology investments found that “productivity improvements” is the top trigger for small businesses to invest in new technology. One in two companies find “identifying the right technology” to be a top challenge when planning to invest in new technologies.
Here’s a situation most project managers are familiar with: Your team prefers to work remotely and wants flexibility. However, you’re unable to strike a balance between the demands of your team and build an agile, collaborative work environment that facilitates good project performance. As a result, your team members are unhappy and disengaged at work, which hurts their performance.
No matter what fancy project management software or style you use, it’s a “no-wins” situation.
The solution? Project managers should customize their project management styles so that they are able to effectively manage remote workers and keep them engaged.
Your team will be 24% happier and more productive if they get to work from home at least once a month, compared with those who don’t. You’ll also lower employee absenteeism, increase retention, improve your brand image, and gain access to a larger talent pool that’s more diverse and highly skilled.
Update 04/17/2019: This article was originally published in 2017 based on previous survey results. In February 2019, we conducted a new survey of 187 projects managers in the United States and have updated this article with the latest survey results.
Having project management (PM) software doesn’t ensure project success or better project performance. What’s more important is having the right set of features in your project management solution so that your team can be more productive.
A Gartner survey, conducted online from July to September 2018 among 715 respondents in the United States (the companies screened had an employee size of 2-249 and annual revenue of less than $100 million), aimed to understand small business challenges and their approach to technology investments. It found that “every 1 in 2 companies find ‘identifying the right technology’ as one of the top challenges when planning investment in new technologies.”
Keeping this in mind, project managers must match their vital business needs to specific software features before purchasing a PM tool. Failing to identify and invest in the right PM capabilities means you could lose 9.9% of every dollar you invest as a result of poor project performance.
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.
There’s an overwhelming amount of project management software. To give you an idea of how many tools exist, GetApp has 18 separate directories under the project management umbrella. Even when you’re shopping for specific software (for example, tools to manage Agile projects), it’s still overwhelming for small business owners to choose which software is the best fit for their needs.
So, it won’t seem helpful if we introduce another tool: Project portfolio management (PPM) software. With so many project management software options, why add PPM to the crowded ring of contenders?