Projects are a big part of doing business. When we mention projects it’s typically in reference to IT projects, but for your average business, when they think of projects it means specific jobs coordinated for specific clients. In this environment it is essential to get the people on a project team on the same page and working towards a shared end. In this week's blog, we thought we’d discuss the importance of solid project management and how certain technologies can help project managers improve their turnaround times.
Think about all the things that have gone wrong for your business over the past few years. Now consider if those projects were completed quicker and in scope every time. Consider how much money you would have saved on these endeavors. In our business, projects make up a lot of the tasks that we have to accomplish. For that reason, we like to highlight the technologies that we use to complete our projects on time, on budget, and in scope every time.
The truth is that satisfied customers are return customers, and if your business is tasked with completing projects for its financial help, technology can do quite a bit to make projects move more efficiently. Companies that seem to have all the answers to customer problems will be more successful in the long run.
Identifying where you can improve your project management won’t be too hard. Today, there are plenty of tools that businesses can use to make projects more efficient. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that solid project management can have for today’s businesses:
The main thing that effective project management brings to a business is customer satisfaction. If a client has to struggle with the project manager and experience delays that could be helped with a project, they will have a tendency to not engage with your company on other projects.
Solid project management requires a great deal of organization. If your project manager is great at keeping clean records, delegating tasks effectively, and putting together a project in the manner in which it is expected to be put together, your relationships will improve and you will get more business.
One of the biggest roles a project manager has is to keep projects on schedule and at or under budget. One of the largest annoyances that any customer has is when their projects are quoted and the PM has to come back several times to ask for more time and money.
With so much at stake for businesses that rely on their project management, it is a good strategy to acquire the technology that PMs can use to keep their workloads organized and their teams focused. Let’s take a look at a few technologies that could help your business do just that.
No piece of technology has become as effective for solid project management than the collaboration app. These apps, such as Microsoft Teams, Slack, and others have all the things a good project manager needs to keep their teams working to a successful conclusion. The modern collaboration app not only provides quick messaging capabilities with other communication formats (such as a forum structure), they also give teams the ability to access files from the platform and integrate useful tools that can drive projects toward positive results.
Video conferencing has made a lot of positive headway over the past several years. Now with a lot of businesses relying on remote workers, it is a completely indispensable tool.
It’s true that the more that technology can accomplish for workers the more they are free to focus on the tasks that matter. Businesses that have come to embrace workflow automation take a lot of the smaller tasks off project management and production alike and can save a lot of time and money.
If you’ve struggled with your project management at your business and would like to have a conversation about getting the technology that can help your project teams be more efficient while also building a more collaborative business, give the technology experts at SCW a call today at (509) 534-1530.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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