Posts tagged ‘task management’

October 17th, 2010

Bird’s Eye Resource Management

Managing a team of any size on multiple concurrent projects requires some level of process and dashboarding at both the macroscopic and microscopic levels. For microscopic resource management, there’s no beating industry-standard task-based tools like Microsoft Project, Basecamp and Jira (three tools we currently use at Vortex Mobile). Macroscopic resource management remains a challenge. For some reason, there just aren’t a lot of accessible out-of-the-box visualization tools for project managers who need to quickly juggle projects, people and time without committing to a costly ERP infrastructure.

June 24th, 2010

Bad Managers

Over the past ten years, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some excellent managers and business strategists. I’ve also worked with a fair number of wasters. In fact, I’ve come to a sort of counter-Tolstoy realization about managers: the good ones seem each to be unique in their particular approach to handling people and process, while the bad ones are dispiritingly alike.

May 15th, 2010

NUB Task Notation

Task management is a critical part of any process; beyond lies the precipice, an increasingly sheer descent of missed deadlines, forgotten details and abandoned deliverables. When projects go bad, poor task management is often to blame; while no one might remember exactly where a project slipped off the mainline, the cascading failure of incomplete or unacknowledged tasks is an unmistakable sign to stakeholders that things have somehow gone irrevocably wrong.

The problem with most task management systems is that they’re easily derailed by unexpected urgencies: misprioritization, politicization,  extraneous detail, things unquantifiable. Little wonder so many project managers fall backward into the arms of Stephen Covey at the first hint of trouble.