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Does software in construction project management impact job roles at all?
Hello PMcom forum,

I'm currently working on an academic report, investigating the views of construction project management (CPM) experts towards the software methods that might be present in their work. I understand that some managers may decide not to use software for important reasons, and that software use may be causing a shift in the roles that professionals undertake.

Expert perspectives on these issues are critically underrepresented in any discussion about how the industry should innovate, and is something I'm hoping to help address.

I've prepared an anonymous, 5-10 minute online survey, and was wondering if any PMcom members would be interested in filling it out. I'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts on these topics.

Please feel free to message me or reply below, any thoughts towards software in CPM, or if you would be able to spare the time to take the survey, and I will forward on the Google Forms link by private message.

Thank you kindly for your time, and best regards,
Ryan Bannister
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From where I stand, software impacts positively job roles in construction project management.

Best regards,

Having used and taught Microsoft Project (almost from the earliest release), and many of its competitors over the last 25+ years, I have seen the 'care and feeding' of the software require a full-time expert to maximize the benefits of the software! No one has ever (yet) disagreed with my statement, "PMs have more important things to do than manage software!"
Be sure you know the strengths and weaknesses of the software and use it appropriately. One of my previous students wrote asking how to use Microsoft Project to calculate Earned Value on a petroleum pipeline project with $180-million budget and a six-month schedule. My reply, "You can't! BECAUSE, your earned value will change by $41,666.67 per hour, so by the time you compute a report, it will be obsolete!" The student replied, 'thanks for the sanity check,'
I'll take your survey if you send me the link.

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