Well, it’s that time of year again and I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around! As I reflect on the year that was, I’m starting to realise just what a busy year it has been for IPM Global. We’ve had some particularly exciting developments with our project management software that have meant it’s moving forward at a rapid pace and adapting and changing as we see more potential opportunities opening up.
2012 is the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Association of Project Management, and to mark the occasion, APM released this video at the beginning of November showing the history of project management. Interestingly, over the past 40 years project management has had a hand in some of the most interesting and varied inventions and developments we’ve come to consider integral to our day to day lives. Although project management was born out of construction projects, the profession has expanded considerably and is responsible for assisting developments such as space exploration, the iPhone, hybrid cars, film production, ebooks and air travel.
I came across an interesting article last week that was looking at the different jobs that existed 100 years ago that don’t exist now. Most I’d never heard of such as Hokey-pokey men (Ice cream vendors) and devils (apprentice printers) but there are other jobs many of us can remember that are obsolete now. Toll booth operators, cinema ushers and milkmen have slowly died out over the last decade or so as new jobs begin to replace them. So this raises the question, which jobs will still exist in a century, and will project management be among them?
You will no doubt see numerous references throughout our website to IPM being a project management platform. But what exactly does that mean?
In June this year I blogged about how Microsoft CRM and Yammer can contribute to project management.
When choosing construction project management software for your business, it’s often difficult to know exactly what you are getting and how your staff will interact with the software once it’s implemented. Some companies offer trial periods for their software products, but for others the logistics of this can make it impossible to do.
Here at IPM we’ve been busy for the last year or so working on a method to mobilise IPM, in order for people to use our construction project management software on mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
A couple of weeks ago we conducted a survey of over 150 people on our LinkedIn page to find out the first application people, and in particular project managers, opened at the start of their working day.