Before you consider using a technology tool or solution to improve your overall project management experience, carefully consider the people , process , and environment around your project, and how those elements might affect the success of a significant intervening variable like technology.
Definition: Project management software is a term covering many types of software, including scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, quality management and documentation or administration systems, which are used to deal with the complexity of large projects.
Software Examples Type Example License Desktop Microsoft Project Proprietary GanttProject Open Source Project KickStart Proprietary Collaboration Microsoft Office Project Server Proprietary AMS Realtime Proprietary Web-Based Basecamp Proprietary dotProject Open Source Integrated Cohort Proprietary OpenAir Proprietary Zoho Project Proprietary
What are the challenges around using PM tools and solutions in low resource areas (places with little or no infrastructure, difficult geography, areas in conflict or crisis, poor skills, low literacy)?
Can technology tools play a role in PM in low resource areas?
Have you had success using a PM tool in a low resource area?
Please share any information that might help others.
Was created by managers of international development, humanitarian assistance, and relief projects
Can be used to manage a specific project or an entire organization’s portfolio
Integrates all project-related information, including: contracts and agreements, results and performance data, work plans, budgets, documents, reports , funding pools, new business opportunities, contact people, and contact organizations
Utilizes a web-based, multi-lingual user interface for easy access from anywhere
Supports off-line use when internet access is limited
Integrates with existing fundraising and accounting software
By the end of the month, the entire test team declared the software unusable, because it didn't mirror their exact business process as defined in Excel. Staff people throughout the organization, who had never seen or used Cohort, were spreading the word about its " lack of functionality and flexibility ". “What a waste of money for that piece of rubbish!”