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Making the Grade: Instilling Project Management Values

checkDoes this sound familiar: a new initiative to upgrade hardware, software, or both is being implemented. But you know that the majority of the upgrades will not be utilized. It is natural to take the comfortable solution, and use antiquated tools due to familiarity. Though this is often not the most efficient avenue, often it is difficult to convince sales teams to use and train for new software.

Navigating the line between being a manager and being a good leader is a difficult task. A leader is a person that encourages change and betterment, where a manager is a resource pusher making sure there is enough man power to finish the task.

“Project management is a broad realm of commercial operations, encompassing everything from project estimation to daily scheduling of workflows and resource allocation. Yet many companies or departments don’t bother to make the most of the software they have to grow their employees and cultivate strong time management ethics. Perhaps part of the problem is that so many organizations are content to simply chug along on substandard software, perhaps utilizing an out-of-date build of Microsoft Project or another piece of archaic programming. Rather than pushing MS Project and programs like it to do things they were never designed to do, executive teams should look to modern collaboration software when attempting to grow a strong project management approach to work life.”

These types of programs allow for greater collaboration, file sharing, and automation. This helps enable project managers become leaders instead of only resource shifters.

About Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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