The 1 reason project management is in fact resource management

At one point I strongly believed the focus of Ganttic should be focused on ‘project’ management, rather than ‘resource’ management. I was wrong.

Finding the right tool

As any project manager will tell you, you’re hopelessly lost without a proper project management tool and in the era of online ... everything, the abundance of different options to choose from is overwhelming. However, finding the best tool is not always easy. For example, as you start searching for that special online application to help you manage projects, you are often confronted with a mountain of information (different offers).
The possibilities offered seem endless, which makes choosing between them very hard. And when I’m faced with a complex issue (which a lot of data undoubtedly is), I like to take a step back and go back to the basics i.e. review my actual needs.

Efficiency matters

According to Wikipedia, project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals or in other words, by organizing resources, you are managing projects. Granted, Wikipedia is not the best source for academic content, but on the other hand – I’m not looking for academic content, am I? There are a lot of possibilities you can add all them bells and whistles to your product, but seeing as most of them are never used, my question is this: why have them?

By the end of the day, you are managing resources and the goal is to do it in the most efficient way, but if getting to know the new tool takes all the time in the world and in addition, you won’t even use all the features offered I ask, what kind of efficiency can we then really talk about?

The goal is not to drive you to a crisis of personal existence, make you doubt yourself or change your career (if you are a project manager), but to simply point out, what project management actually is and why in my opinion, it’s more a profession of managing resources, then actual projects.

By Indrek Kuldkepp