Laggards would pose that question. As a modern day homo sapien, you wouldn’t continue living like troglodytes (or cavemen) when there have been significant developments in our societies and housing technologies. Maybe cavemen were happy living their lives, (who knows), but it was in that era. Humans have always adopted new inventions and have continued to enjoy the benefits arising out of those inventions.
When we @BootStrapToday advocate virtual project management, it is because it has 1) some serious business advantages to offer 2) many feature advantages that can propel developer productivity. Online project management is the next step in the evolution of project management, brought about by Cloud Computing.
I am going to list down the feature advantages here that can help make your project management more efficient (remember, our houses are more efficient than the caves!):
Easy feasibility of ‘Automation’: Routine processes can be automated easily which can free your productive time. For example, you don’t need to manually assign tickets. You can define workflow for tickets by creating and assigning components to tickets, associating commits with a ticket, associating component/assignee automatically on new tickets, and generating automatic suggestion about similar/duplicate tickets.
Bring ‘Intelligence’ in project management: By automating ticket management, you can bring ‘built-in’ machine learning and analysis to predict software quality, fault proneness and dependency structure using developer contribution throughout the SDLC (software development life cycle). If you want to know more about this, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make ‘Collaboration’ more efficient: In order to reduce the communication gap, and get more team members involved at every stage of the project, you can use the ‘Wall’ feature to make team-wide announcements or share your ideas. You can also have email solutions integrated with the online project management tool. It will help you add new tickets on-the-go through email, add comments and attachments to existing tickets through email, and convert your email queries directly into tickets.
Manage ‘Version Control’ better: Features, such as email integration, allow you to receive notification of ticket updates and follow tickets by adding yourself as a ‘Participant’. You can also maintain and share project documentation with your team members through ‘Fileshare’ feature, which allows the team members to access the latest versions.
Get improved reports on the ‘Dashboard’. Online project management allows you to have an up-to-date view of the current health of all your projects. You can track project progress, milestones, team progress, and recent updates – all in a single view.
Milton Berle once said, “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” Well, that’s for the Mother Nature to decide, but where technology evolution is concerned, online project management tools certainly promise to provide you with many hands that you, as a project manager, must have been wishing for!
What is your take?