“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius
As we get further and further into the future, we find ourselves being taken over by computers. All of us. This computer intervention is aimed at trying to help us save time and energy. We can now do less and have more free time. This futuristic movement is also almost entirely out of our control. The internet is public, anyone can access almost anything and the sky is the limit to the amount of possible growth and change that can happen.
Sometimes we seem to want it. This change. Look at our GPS. We type, click and just do what the nice lady says. “Make a u turn.” “Accident reported ahead.” “In 1000 feet, turn left.” Or even the self-driving cars. How easy it makes everything.
Other times, we may not want it…
Some of us may find ourselves nervously not knowing where we will be in 10 years with our job. How many articles have we read about the subject of robots and automated computers taking over many aspects of the workforce in many fields. This change is occurring both in the upper and lower echelons of the workforce.
How these trends affect project management?
As these changes occur, we, the Project Managers see ourselves needing to keep up with the times as well. If the whole world is evolving, we may need to follow suite so as not to be left in the dark or have a failed managing strategy.
We experience these threats with the rise of modern project management methodologies, Agile and DevOPS. We experience these threats with the rise of tools, application platforms and the move to the cloud.
While these are threats indeed, they are also big opportunities for change. For the better.
For years project managers were pushed to deal with GANTT charts and follow the annoying procedure of project updates and re-updates. While it was a sort of “Job Security,” nobody liked dealing with GANTT.
This also pushed project managers into a geek corner, being a GANTT technician.
Even if we like it as a job security being this Gantt technician, it is not the right place to be as a project manager. It is far from the leading position we are all striving for.
So, should we really stick to existing methods or is it better to step forward and advance beyond old ways? We all know the answer about the GPS, right? GPSs are a much-needed change. So why not take the steps in the same direction with project management?
Being compatible – It’s a must!
Now, let’s look at modern systems today. Our computer software itself… We hear the term “It’s not compatible” quiet often. Even someone who doesn’t work in a tech related field or even understand much about computer systems and technology, can understand that the new version of a smartphone can’t use an old cable or run on old software anymore. Plain and simple.
If it’s so obvious. Why wouldn’t we consider being “project management software compatible?”
Using Gantt charts and spreadsheets for projects in 2017 is like attempting to do computer coding for a new 2017 app on a windows 95 computer. It simply doesn’t work! They are not compatible. We have progressed way past that. Our project teams are all over the globe, our customers are changing requirements at the blink of an eye and we are all racing to keep up with technology.
If we do continue with our example of using an antiquated operating system, we simply wouldn’t be able to get the same amount done with the same efficiency as we would have if we were to use modern tools.
As our world gets more and more complex and intertwined with systems and applications, with the ability to do more and more things online, the need for “compatibly” becomes more and more relevant. Gantt charts, spreadsheets and the like are simply not compatible with managing today’s projects efficiently.
Please read our “5 Reasons Why I hate Gantt Charts” article to really find out why!