Delivering is hard. Keeping a project together is one of the most difficult task anyone can deal with, especially if you’re working on a tight schedule (and unfortunately, they’re always tight schedule). If you need to work from different locations or offices, or on different machines, you’d better check some online project management services. Otherwise, keep with us.
Even though nowadays everything’s moving to the cloud, there are still plenty of reasons to play safe and keep an “old-school” software on your PC. Mostly to avoid connection hiccups, since services can work only with an active internet connection, but you should also consider every security option. Having the software installed on your hard drive limits the chance that your contacts and your data will be sniffed by some malicious users, or that some internet outage could disrupt your progress and your work. Relying mostly on your own PC (or office server) reduces the chances of a worst-case-scenario, provided that you execute a correct backup strategy.
To correctly manage a project you need first and foremost the ability to post tasks and deadlines, and that’s a feature that every project management software has. Many other features can help you and your team to stay up to date on a project, such as Gantt charts, which visualize clearly vital information like task’ start and finish dates, and the relationship between tasks. The software should allow you to assign tasks to team members or even external consultants without giving them full access to the other part of the project. There are many other features you will need, such as a location for your shared documents, some real-time communication system (unless you already use something else), and hopefully a time management feature – at least, you should ask for a time tracking system.
The end result you should aim for is to focus your team, ensuring a better efficiency by fostering collaboration, updates and communication. Nothing that your team cannot achieve on its own: but why get things more complicated?
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