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A FOOL WITH A TOOL IS STILL A FOOL

Here at PM4K we take great pride and interest in busting project management related myths. In continuation with this tradition, in this post we would like to discuss a misconception out there that believes Project Management is all about learning some fancy PM related software. There are also some that believe being a PM software wiz is synonymous with being a great Project Manager. These myths are as far away from reality as far George W Bush is from becoming the president of US again! Understanding the core basics is the only way for one to succeed in this tough and ever changing world of Project Management and fortunately or unfortunately, there is no alternative to this! PM software and tools come & go, but the strong fundaments of project management will help any Project Manager to cope up with the ever evolving world of technology that supports the profession of project management. 

Having made the above point it is important to point out that, just like Batman is handicap without his Batmobile (to a large extent); a good project manager can consider himself/herself deserted without a tool that helps him/her in managing the project effectively. Without his Batmobile, Batman is good, but with it he’s unbeatable. Similarly, a project manager with strong fundamentals without a PM software can be useful, however the same project manager with an effective PM software can be invincible.

This is where we start talking about Project Management software and its importance in field of Project Management. To get to this discussion, let’s 1st try to understand what is a Project Management software & what all can it be expected to do. Wikipedia defines a Project Management Software as “a term covering many types of software, including estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, quality management and documentation or administrative systems, which are used to deal with the complexity of large projects”. So the big question is, should an organization spend endless time in trying to identify one software for each of the requirements stated above or should they be smart about it and just identify one software that handles it all. The obvious answer is easier to identify than the solution itself, which is to find a one-stop-shop software that does it all! 

Although a PM software can make life easier for project managers and any organization (for that matter), however, expecting it to replace a Project Manager will be like replacing a bulb with an oval object & expecting it to shine. Just won’t work! It’s better for all Project Managers reading this post to start with strengthening their Project Management Basics and then consider moving on to taking their fundamentals to the next level with an effective software because we should never forget that ‘A FOOL WITH A TOOL, IS STILL A FOOL’.


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