The game has changed with Project Management software. Tools like Favro offer excellent software for project collaboration and hybrid project management. So, how can you use it effectively?
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Take a look at standard Project Management methodologies and approaches. Like those of PMI, APM, or PRINCE2. You’ll find a lot of disciplines that we need, to implement project management.
PMI calls them Knowledge Areas. PRINCE2 calls them Themes. These are things like:
Most ‘traditional’ Project Management software deals with very little of this. Where it does, it’s mainly scheduling and resource management.
There are also fully-formed PMIS software tools – Project Management Information Systems. And many of them are excellent. But being able to use them properly is a skillset in itself. These are big, complex tools and only suitable for the project teams.
Two big changes have together transformed the Project Management world.
Businesspeople and organizational managers have always had to lead, manage, and take part in projects. But the scale has continued to grow. Now almost everyone in every department might find themselves involved in multiple projects.
Organizations need software that does not require its users to understand Project Management. Yet it must allow them to manage tasks, time, and resources effectively. So, the software tools we need must be able to do five things:
We now have a new generation of Project Management software tools that can do just that. They may not be as well-suited to complex traditional projects as the Primavera or MS Project. Especially if you need detailed scheduling and budgeting.
But, they place their premium on collaboration, usability, and flexibility. And they are truly intuitive to use.
I’m not here to sell you Favro. Instead, I want to show you some of the ways you can use it. And also demonstrate a range of Project Management tools that I like to use, and how Favro allows me to use them.
I’m not a software reviewer. So, please don’t expect a comprehensive overview of Favro’s capabilities.
And my experience is not in Agile PM. This means that, although Favro’s roots are in Software Development (the gaming industry in particular), I shan’t focus on that.
I show you how different teams can all use Favro in different ways. Yet they can still collaborate on multiple projects. And, how a traditional Project Manager like me can see my favorite tools sit alongside:
If you have seen the limitations of traditional ‘Gantt Chart PM software’,
…but are not happy with simplistic list-based tools
…or the limitations of some of the excellent Kanban tools
Do take a look at Favro.
It is particularly good for:
I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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