Do you use project planning software like Microsoft Project to develop project plans? How’s that working for you? I have a problem with it, and I’d like to find an elegant solution.
What’s the problem? Well, building project plans is no trouble. I can lay down the phases and breakdowns, add tasks, and assign them to employees just fine. That’s the easy part. I can even track time to tasks. The problem I have is managing them later.
Let’s face it, project plans go obsolete the first week you create them. Something’s bound to change, and managing all those changes is hard. Yes, I know that’s what the PMO office does. But keeping project schedules current rubs me like a cheese grater. It’s an unnecessary overhead, and almost never gets done right. Tasks move, change scope, go away, get added, etc, etc, etc. You know what a headache it is…
Anybody have a better way?