Many companies are now operating through the collaboration of different divisions that may be thousands of miles apart, even from different countries. This is the result of innovations in the Internet that is the major force behind globalisation and offshore outsourcing. Today, a campaign may be divided into different projects, each of which may be carried out by teams from all around the world.
But these advances still have some problems, of which one of the biggest is how to manage each project from a distance. Fortunately, this is now easily addressed by online project management tools and systems. Even when a project manager oversees a project only through the Internet, the management tools ensure that each business process is performed according to plan. Some of the necessary qualities of a good online project management tool are:
• Help in planning while being flexible. Online project management systems can serve as a guide when drafting a plan for a project. Each system follows a procedure that may also be applicable for the project at hand – this makes both planning and execution easier. However, the management tool and the manager should be flexible and able to adapt to unexpected changes in the execution of the project.
• Make the execution of the project more efficient. All projects have three dimensions – time, budget and quality – that need to be employed to create the best result. Good organization and utilization of resources is necessary for the success of all projects and it is up to the manager to decide which management tool will best make that happen.
With the right online project management tool, a manager can create a “virtual office” that can be more efficient than the traditional office in completing projects. Furthermore, it can make the activities and deliverable easier to visualize so projects are not derailed by uncertainty and are easily checked to be on the right track.