I just got off a conference call where the customer lamented that project tracking (in his organization) is an albatross. E.g. too much work!
His company had been using an Excel spreadsheet, and wanted to switch to Standard Time® for project tracking. Their spreadsheets had grown so large that grooming them consumed too much time. His statements really got me thinking.
Every project has two components: doing the work, and managing the work. That’s no big secret. This person was lamenting about the management part, and wanted to know how Standard Time® would improve that.
Unfortunately, the answer is not in the tool, but in his organization. Questions arose regarding the size of his teams, their self-sufficiency, and how granular his tasks needed to be. We agreed that his tasks were too granular – too small. He had been trying to micro-manage everything, and that was driving him crazy.
Let’s face it, project tasks change frequently. It’s nice to document every task you’ll work on, but in practicallity, some well-defined buckets could catch all the task work. Each time log could describe the work performed, and you’d still have some basic tasks to report on. Simplicity is best.