After several years of using Basecamp as our in-house project management support tool we’ve recently been feeling that something’s missing somewhere. We surveyed more than a 100 different tools that are available out there and maybe it’s a sign of the times, but we found that there are now a lot of tools that seemed to be more about social collaboration as opposed to traditional Gantt charts with tasks, timelines and dependencies.
That made us think. Is a project more about a set of people to whom we assign tasks, or is it more about a set of tasks to which we assign people?
We think that the right answer depends on two things:
- How mature and proactive your people are in terms of managing their own work schedules and their interactions with other team members.
- How firm a project’s work breakdown structure remains over the delivery life cycle. Does it need to be altered because the sequence and duration of certain tasks can’t completely be known in advance?