Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Effective use of tools, part of Managing International Projects (2015).
- If I wanted to drive a nail into a piece of wood,…I wouldn't get a screwdriver, I would get a hammer.…Different tools achieve different results.…It's the same with the tools for…managing an international project.…Without the right tools, it is unlikely…that I'll be able to get the job done.…There's a vast array of tools available…to project managers to help you keep track of…project tasks, risks, issues, and change requests.…Choosing the right tool is key…to achieving the desired outcome.…
There are a number of things we should look for…when selecting the right tools.…Setup time.…How long will it take for users to install the tool?…How long will it take for users to set up…the tool to enable it to be used?…Tools that are time consuming to get up and running…can frustrate users and result in intermittent,…rather than consistent, use.…Ease of use.…How easy is it for individual team members to use?…How easy is it to share information…between your team members?…Tools that are not easy to use will be bypassed…by team members, leaving you with incomplete…
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- Communicating across borders
- Bridging time zones and language gaps
- Finding and nurturing management "champions"
- Evaluating your communication style
- Keeping international projects on track