Project Management

Avoiding the Technology Barrier Trap

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

Without technology, the modern project manager’s job would be much harder. Technology has reduced the amount of administration that a PM has to complete and has improved the quality and consistency of virtually every element of a project’s structure—estimates, plans, etc.

At the same time, technology has made it easier for project teams to work effectively together regardless of where the team members are physically located—and has provided greater visibility into that work at all times. Technology has also reduced the amount of disruption caused by tracking and monitoring progress by reducing the need for individuals to have to manually report progress and update colleagues on the work they are doing.

It’s tempting for people like me—who grew up in a project management environment that had nowhere near as much technology—to bemoan the fact that modern PMs have “never had it so good.” But don’t worry; I’m not going to turn into one of those people! The truth is, I think project managers who operate in today’s technologically focused environment have just as many challenges to success as those of us for whom the only technological tools were desktop Gantt chart builders with dodgy logic or enterprise applications that needed months of training to understand. The only difference today is the nature of …

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