What Does a Project Management Tool of the Future Look Like?
We’ve been reading and writing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution—or Industry 4.0. Radical technological advancements combined with manufacturing are taking us into an exciting future: robotics, automation, 3-D printers. As a result, productivity is predicted to be on an upswing, even though manual resources aren’t keeping up. This translates, for some teams, into doing more with less.
Whatever your current situation, productivity is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Everyone’s trying to produce a lot of meaningful work. As a consequence, project management tools are going to have to reinvent themselves to keep up with the speed of doing business. Using static spreadsheets and other platforms that require manual updates aren’t supportive enough or agile enough to keep teams competitive and ahead of the curve. Instead, you need a new world tool to support the new industrial revolution.
What does an Industry 4.0 project management tool look like?
- Flexible and nimble
Smart software moves with the unpredictability inherent to manufacturing projects—and moves work forward.
- Schedules automatically update
No more time-consuming manual updates. The new world demands software that keeps up with every project change along the way.
- Radically collaborative
All team members and teams have an unprecedented ease of communication and project tracking to see the small and big picture at all times.
- Data driven
Every touchpoint of progress creates a rich vault of project data used to make important decisions—even on the fly.
- Supports more innovation, less administration
Smart software trades in the time-consuming job of wrestling project schedules for strategic thinking and using skillsets in meaningful ways.
- Lets you track progress and allocate resources in real time
Software of the future integrates availability into schedules—to show managers who’s working on what and make the needed adjustments
In our latest eBook, “Are You Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?” we take a look at it means to thrive in Industry 4.0, and what tools are necessary to keep up with new world market demands. We’re going there right along with you!