Why Is Project Management an Innovation-Free Zone When It Comes to Software?

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Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at andy.jordan@roffensian.com. Andy’s new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

There is no doubt that technology is having a profound impact on how people work these days. Physical work spaces have been slower to evolve, but we are now seeing a shift from cubicle farms to more flexible work spaces where the “tether” to the office is more tenuous (through phones and similar devices).

That has further allowed for innovation to occur in how people work, and has resulted in the growth (theoretically, at least) of tools like Slack. I say “theoretically” as the market share for Slack is still relatively tiny (eight million daily users in May 2018), but the attention that tool has been getting is tremendous and it seems to have a good chance of redefining how people collaborate.

What is proving to be key in the rapidly emerging success of collaboration tools is that they are being accepted by organizations as an effective way for people to work. Some of that acceptance is more general [the growth of BYOA (Bring Your Own App) policies], while some is a more specific commitment to emerging work methods (the primary driver of collaboration tools). But those drivers apply equally well to other types of software, so why aren’t we seeing the same explosion of app-based innovation in the project management space?

It’s not the technology

Software development organizations have invested in building project management related …

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