I ran a subscriber-only webinar recently about trends in project management collaboration tools and the barriers to adopting new technology in a project environment. I think people had a great time and the feedback was fantastic. I certainly got a bigger buzz out of presenting my own webinar than I was expecting!
The only problem was that we ran out of time to get through all the questions so I wanted to address some of them here. These are questions about collaboration tools that I hear time and time again, so I know many of you have the same queries.
Let’s get started…
What tools do you use?
Who me? Personally right now I use Microsoft Project, Teamwork*, Skype and Excel. That doesn’t make them right for your team though.
How do I choose a tool, there are so many!
Yes, there are hundreds!
First, start with your requirements. What is the problem you are trying to solve? Collaboration? Document storage? Including clients in your planning? Then you can create a shortlist of features that are absolutely essential.
From there, look at some products that sound like they are going to meet your needs. Read my 5 Step Expert Guide to Choosing Collaboration Tools before you meet any vendors, and work through that process.
I created a PM Tool Evaluation Matrix for ProjectsAtWork, so you can hop over that site and download that free (you’ll need to sign up for the site to get it). It will help you evaluate the vendors that make your final shortlist and work out which is the best fit for you.
That’s it in a nutshell, but that Expert Guide has more detail and my book, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, covers this in depth.