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November 01,2022 Leadership Development

Project Technology

Project Technology

Project Technology

Project Technology

Standard project management practices have been refined over the last 75 years. Microsoft has mirrored those processes in its software, Microsoft Project. The standard bearer for project managers and a highly powered tool. In fact, mastery of the tool will make you a valuable commodity in the job market.

As powerful as Microsoft Project is, it is also highly complex. The inputs to the project structure are far greater than what you will need for a student project. Additionally, there is significant effort to load a project and maintain it daily. The final negative point regarding Microsoft Project is that it is not a collaborative tool. Only the project manager will maintain the software, and the rest of the project team must make all their updates through this liaison, thus creating a single-point failure.

Asana

Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein were early Facebook engineers who made a fortune early in life. They took their earnings to start their own businesses that would improve workplace productivity. Their original goal was to eliminate e-mail, which brought upon the birth of Asana.

Their previous experience had introduced them to Agile project management, which capitalizes on quick, rapid changes. Asana known to have a much lower formality than regular project management. On Asana, a person can load actions quickly with a due date and assign them to a team member.

Asana’s popularity has grown through its free service to a limited number of people per team and its ease of use. Designed for the user and highly intuitive. While it supports project management principles, it is also designed to be customized for users and their needs.

Trello

As mentioned earlier, the Kanban board had its first start in the Lean world. Capitalizing on the principle of a visual workstation, Kanban became a mainstay of showing completed items, working on, and still left to do. Later, this simplicity mimicked in Agile and Scrum project management, with the main goal of simply achieving alignment.

There are three tenants on the Kanban board. There is the backlog, or all the items that need to be completed. This is followed by the working section, or what is currently in progress. Lastly, there is the complete, which is everything that is done and no longer needs to be worked on.

Trello, like Asana, is a very easy tool to use. Most people can start building a Kanban board within five minutes; this is even easier than Asana. The cloud-based platform is highly collaborative, yet it struggles to create highly complex project plans.

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