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Executive Project Management Tools

By Romeo Elias on Fri, Nov 04, 2005 @ 06:24 AM

Over the years, my company has collected feedback and requirements from many business users seeking project management tools. We found that:

1. Most business users in non-engineering or non-technical positions find traditional project management tools complex and too technical. When I refer to business users I mean folks in management positions, executives, directors, admin assistants, marketing, sales etc. and in non-technical industries like Banking, Insurance, Services etc. Word and Excel are the extent of most of what they are comfortable using. Also, they are typically very busy and have no time or are unwilling to go through extensive training.

2. Collaboration, high level visibility into project status and an easy way to share data within a team are the core benefits they care about.

3. Gantt charts and schedules are nice to haves and not core features, which they find are core in most tools. In other words, although they want to see a schedule or a Gantt chart, they perceive those as other reports to access when needed, whereas in most traditional PM tools, they constitute the core User Interface. They prefer user interfaces that are dashboard like, intranet like, collaborative and enable them to configure the UI.

4. Ease of use and intuitiveness is what they care about most.

5. They like to have control over the tool, i.e. they want it to adapt to their needs and processes and not the other way around. Many of the "off-the-shelf" solutions only provide that capability if you know how to code and they don't, nor do they want to, learn.

Have you found out the same in your experience? Are there any other points you hear from non-technical business users that I didn't list above?

We coin tools that provide these capabilities for business users "Executive Project Management Tools".

Are you familiar with any? If you agree with these concepts, and you are interested in seeing an example of Executive Project Management in action, check out www.interneer.com.

Romeo Elias

Written by Romeo Elias

Romeo Elias is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Intellect, an award winning leader in the SaaS enterprise software industry with a focus on enterprise Quality Management Software and Business Process Management (BPM). Romeo is a visionary executive, thought leader and advocate for business friendly software that requires No Programming and empowers everyone to innovate. Romeo has overseen Intellect's growth from its founding in 2000 to a high growth software company with hundreds of happy customers. Romeo is a patented inventor, entrepreneur advisor, and board member of Intellect. Prior to Intellect, Romeo worked in the consumer electronics space, overseeing the engineering design and development of handheld electronics, and previously was the founder of a web development firm. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and MS in Manufacturing Engineering from UCLA.