Learning about the aspects of project management was interesting to me because a business can be successful unless it manages it projects successfully. I worked at a painting company one summer and our project management was directly linked to how successfully we completed a job. The owners of the company had to assess how much time would need to be dedicated to a project and how much it would cost to complete. They would also choose which employees they wanted to do which job. The employees who performed the best were put on the most important projects. Project management was successful at our company because we had clearly defined goals, each job was unique, the jobs required our specialized skills, and all of the projects were temporary but each was essential to the success of the company.
It was also essential for our company to use the process of planning, scheduling, and controlling. The planning stage included figuring out what products or tools would be needed to complete a job, figuring out who would be put on the job, figuring out transportation, and other things of that nature. The scheduling stage would include decisions like the jobs start date and the estimated end date. They would also need to schedule when they wanted the job to be completed during the day. Some jobs could only be worked on at night because the business could not be disturbed during the day. The controlling aspect would be making sure that everything is going according to schedule and that the quality of the work met company standards. If a job was substandard then adjustments had to be made to scheduling to fix the problem.
The owners of the company also had to decide which projects took precedence over others. Sometimes we would be told to put a current project on hold because more important project required more attention. Deciding which projects take precedence is essential to the company’s success because you need to be able to understand which accounts are most important to your business so you can keep them happy.
Keeping track of all of this would be very stressful. However technology is being designed to make managing projects a little bit easier. The company semYOU has come out with new project management software called sem.ProjectPoint(http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cloud-project-management-semyou-releases-new-version-of-semprojectpoint-159862105.html). This is cloud based software so it allows you to store and easily share information throughout a company. It also allows you to view information about your company in useful ways such as in pie charts or other forms. This allows you to quickly find overviews of what’s going on in your organization and will help to identify a company’s needs. Would integrating this new technology into a company’s project management process be beneficial to an organization, or would it interfere with their existing methods?
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This is a really interesting post! I believe that there would not be too many problems if a small company integrated the new technology into their project management process. However, there will be numerous problems if a large company were to integrate the new technology into their project management process because the large company is not as flexible as a small company. sem.ProjectPoint is a great tool for smaller companies, but I feel that larger companies would design their own software for their own needs, just like Wal-Mart did.
This is a very good post and was a good read. I like how you touched on a many different points and how you took what you learned in class and applied it to past work experience.