OK, so I’d like to clear something up. Some time ago we wrote a White Paper discussing what makes accounting in the construction / engineering sector different to other industries. The conclusion was that there is nothing terribly different about accounting in the AEC sector but it can appear to be different and more difficult due to the complex nature of project costing. And to make it potentially more confusing, add project management into the mix. And this is where usability and a centralised and integrated system become very relevant.
If you’re looking to simplify complex management systems and make them more manageable, then the answer is yes. You do have to consider integrating quality, safety and environment (QSE) into your company’s main Project Management (PM) process.
The short answer is yes. Between a stack of paper and powerful software, project managers are definitely better off with Project manager tools. Not all project management tools, however, are created equal. Some are ideal for long-term collaborative projects, while many others lack crucial features that help teams seamlessly work together.
How many projects have you managed with PM software where the schedule or the budget were completely accurate from the start? When you talk to any experienced project manager they will tell you that no project schedule, budget, or flow is set in stone. Flexibility is a natural part of today’s project management world with tight budgets and even tighter time-lines.
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.