Traditionally, project management for a business is a pen and paper kind of job. Old-school people will swear by the tried and true method, and it’s true that pen and paper is effective; however, project management software such as Microsoft Office Project 2007 is certainly more efficient. Even the most detail-oriented person cannot out-do the speed of a computer with a pen and paper, nor should they have to when they could get the same work done in a fraction of the time.
Besides time, another advantage of business management software for you projects is that it helps bring the team together. Rather than one or a handful of people managing the projects, the computer is an unbiased outside party that will divide your team’s tasks up based upon efficiency and relevant skills, not stepping on anyone’s toes in the process. The team feels equal in how their roles are decided and that helps them put aside any assumptions that the manager is biased and get to work.
Business management software is just as unbiased and reasonable about tracking employee’s work. Instead of having to call people out based strictly upon your observations and feelings–because those can sometimes be inaccurate–you can leave it up to the business management software’s tracking to pick up on it and then you can have a talk about it without seeming like you’re casting blame on the party in question for any personal reason. Workplace politics are often very tense, especially when there are different ranks of workers involved, and defusing potential problems before they start is beneficial to everybody.
Finally, having a project management program for your business makes the management method uniform. Instead of pen and paper managers each doing things slightly differently, employees can be assured that their management is done professionally, smoothly and with utmost efficiency toward completing your goals. Confidence in the project equals confidence in work performance.