This topic was discussed in one of our Free For All Tuesdays/Fridays. David P, one of our readers has been trying to improve the system he uses for handling a large number of projects but as a single person business.
David reader wants to be able to do project tracking with dependencies, with the option to update the dates as you go along.
So last week, a small group of Philofaxy readers (Tim, Alison R, David, Ray and myself) set about exchanging emails to see if we could help out and suggest possible Filofax solutions to this problem.
In my own experience in my previous jobs trying to use project management software to tackle this sort of issue doesn't really work when you have many projects but only small teams to tackle these many projects/deadlines. The software keeps trying to drive you in a particular direction and keeps telling you that you don't have enough resources (people) to complete the task on time. So you spend far too many hours fighting the software to get it to tell the truth and not enough time on the really issues about managing the project.
So we didn't quite come to any wonderful instant solutions in discussions. It would have been great to have come up with an all paper solution, does one exist? But we tended towards a part paper, part electronic solution.
Mainly because if you have a chart of some description it is quicker to amend the chart on your PC in say Excel and then print it off again than to redraw your chart showing tasks and deadlines only on paper.
But did we miss anything obvious?
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