In grade one, I was given an agenda and told to schedule and plan my homework in a checklist. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was already learning the importance of project management at just six years old. It is such an essential skill that we engrain it into the minds of our youth as early as we can. As adults, we use it in everything we do, whether it’s grocery shopping, making breakfast, or building a skyscraper.
Project management is critical because projects are chaotic by nature. You need to roll with the punches, and have protocol set in place for emergency situations. Trust me, they will happen. As Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan ‘til they get punched in the face”. The importance of project management has not been overlooked by companies. In fact, according to www.goalgroup.au, the world as a whole made $40.7 trillion USD in global GDP in 2010; nearly $10 trillion was spent on projects. That’s a quarter of the world’s revenue! Project Management ensures projects are completed on time, on budget, and on brand.
At this point, you might be wondering how to go about being a better Project Manager. Luckily, there’s an app for that! Here at BrainStation we use Asana for everything. It allows us to put our work in checklists, much like the agendas from our childhood, and assign tasks to ourselves and our co-workers. We can also assign a due date that we will be reminded of via email. This feature is essential, because there’s always so much going on here! However the best thing about Asana is it gets things done. We also love Slack to coordinate with the team and students – you can create different streams of conversations which is great for brainstorming and hashing out ideas.
Don’t just take my word for it though – take a look at the numbers. According to a study completed on the UK Health Services, using a project management software doubled the success rates of projects. It’s important to have a plan and a sense of direction in anything you do. Creating an outline of what needs to get done will allow you to be more productive.
Are there any Project Management tools that you’d recommend to the community? Tweet them at @BrainStation!
By Jacob Mattell, BrainStation Operations Intern