By Jessica Foreman
Technology has changed everything — from the way we keep in touch with our friends and family, to the way we date, shop, and even diagnose our illnesses. And the workplace has benefited from technological advances just as much, with one aspect in particular doing very well because of it: project management. Technology has made project planning and delivery so much more efficient than it ever used to be, and all you need are the right tricks up your sleeve.
Project Management Tools And Plugins
Software is perhaps the biggest technological aid for project management. You can easily manage projects, teams, tasks, and deadlines using project management software designed to help everyone keep track of how things are things are progressing, taking advantage of its ability to show what’s happening real time and enabling quick communication and feedback.
In fact, plugins for software such as Upraise go one step further, allowing project managers to set objectives and provide continuous feedback for team members, and it even facilitates performance reviews in real time too to make HR processes far more efficient.
Technology has also helped project management insofar as communications are concerned. For instance, video calling, messaging, social media, and more enable project managers and their teams to keep in constant, instantaneous contact with one another.
Technology also allows team members to work not just in an office together, but from locations all over the world. Using remote technology, workers can complete their tasks from their own homes or during their commutes, in cafes or airport lounges. And you don’t even have to have met every team member: technology means you can recruit the best minds in the business from all over the world and work collaboratively on a project without having ever worked together before.
Technology also helps businesses to keep an eye on finances and processes, seeing what the true cost of their work really is. For instance, you can use technology to track time against every individual task, helping managers oversee the project and properly bill each client. You can calculate time after a task has been completed, or simply start the stopwatch and let it track time for you so you don’t have to keep an eye on the clock while you’re working.
Keeping On Top Of The Finances
You have to be a bit of a whizz with numbers if you’re using Excel to manage your finances, entering complicated formulas and making tables with a number of variables to see what you’re spending. However, technological advances allow businesses to use software that’s been specially designed for financial tracking so that there’s no need to get your head around complicated calculations. You can use HR payroll software too if you want to simplify the process of paying wages every month and ensure salaries get administered without errors.
Jessica Foreman is a Durham University graduate specializing in business and lifestyle based writing. She has developed her skills on projects surrounding The British Broadcasting Company and running a print and online based magazine whilst at university. She is currently looking towards starting her Masters in Mobile and Personal Communications as well as broadening her horizons through traveling.