Perhaps you’re already back in the office. Or just mentally and logistically preparing for a return to ‘life before lockdown’. In either case, if your job involves project delivery, the chances are you’ll have your work cut out for you.

From managing change brought about by the pandemic, to ramping up projects that have been on hold, most project management teams are about to be busier than ever.

Yes, that means exciting things ahead, but for many it also means a return to long hours of planning and admin. Time spent chasing progress updates (potentially with teams in different locations) and preparing status reports for stakeholders who – perhaps even more than before – will demand accurate, up-to-date data.

The thing is, this version of ‘normal’ was broken long before lockdown. So instead of going back to how things were, let’s talk about how things could be.

Less admin, more automation

With research showing that project management professionals spend up to a third of their working hours on admin, this change has to be top of the list. Following lockdown, many talented people are simply no longer able or willing to work 12-hour days processing manual (and menial) admin tasks.

The ability to plan and resource projects online in one place is already here, and project teams are right to expect it. Visual planning tools not only show project timelines more clearly, they make it simpler to link objectives to deliverables and communicate expectations to the wider team. And that leads to greater team accountability too.

Sharktower’s collborative visual planning tool clearly sets out deadlines and desired outcomes

Time-saving task management

When the plan is in place, a comprehensive platform like Sharktower enables project managers to break the project down into individual ‘tasks’ that can be tracked and managed online (goodbye post-it boards). Not only does this mean real-time project status can be viewed through a single log-in, it means the entire team can manage their own tasks online, whether they’re at home or in the office.

Sharktower even integrates with Jira, so development teams that currently use it can continue to manage build and bug-fixes in that way. And because we’ll always offer Sharktower to an unlimited number of users in your organisation, projects can be updated by everyone in real-time.

It’s time to retire post-it note boards and bring task management online. These can then be reviewed and updated in real-time during online meetings.

Real-time reporting

Timeliness (and time-saving) isn’t just for task management. AI project management software removes the need for ‘cut and paste’ reporting too. Sharktower’s reporting dashboards an be tailored to the user, so colleagues at every level can see the up-to-date, relevant information they need.

For those managing project delivery, it removes the need for spreadsheets and Powerpoint reports which can take days to collect and collate (meaning the data’s often out of date by the time it’s presented). More time to add value where it’s really needed.

Man (or woman) versus machine learning

Augmented Intelligence software and machine learning models take a project management platform to the next level. Sharktower is much more than a data visualisation tool; it can also interpret data to alert users to areas that need the most attention.

Sharktower’s AI-driven machine learning models show changes in project health and team sentiment at a glance. 

Along with highlighting overdue tasks (that’s pretty straightforward stuff), Sharktower’s AI shows a subjective project health score, calling out risk before it becomes a problem. Similarly, the team sentiment tool is an important measure (it interprets the language team members are using to show upward or downward shifts in morale). This saves time and error of manual communication when teams are complex or still working remotely.

Say No to normal

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