The Paperless PM: Is It Even Possible?
Many, many years ago now, we were promised the paperless office. A clean, austere and organized environment where everything is at our finger tips, filed, indexed, tabulated and cross-correlated to within an inch of its life, all available and searchable at the touch of a button.
Despite promises, vaunted technology solutions and desperately fervent attempts at the person, team and organizational levels, this goal still seems remarkably elusive. If you are like most project managers that I know, you are surveying the ever-growing mound of reports, forms and budget documentation threatening to engulf your cubicle in a biblical tsunami of letter-size proportions and snorting in derision at the very idea.
So what happened to the vision? What happened to the dream? What happened to all that lovely hippie stuff about a paperless society full of tree huggers? In a word: reality. The ideal of a paperless office ran headlong into the wall of how we currently work. Ideal: 0; Wall: 1.
Speaking for myself, I like to think that I manage pretty well in a paperless manner, most of the time. I read reports on an iPad. I reference materials I am writing about online or using soft-copies. I usually have no less than a dozen different applications and a couple of dozen documents open at any given time, and I am a veritable master at switching between them at will. I have written
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