Microsoft Office Project Is Not Project Management

Microsoft Office ProjectDuring my interview at ThatChannel.com, Liquid Lunch’s radio host Hugh Reilly asked me about Microsoft Office Project. He thought that Microsoft Office Project “could do everything” to manage a project. Unfortunately, this is how most people think including some individuals who call themselves “project managers.”

Microsoft Office Project could not do everything to manage projects. Similar to how carpenters use hammers to build houses, Microsoft Office Project is just one of the many tools that project managers use to manage projects. On a daily basis, project managers need to manage project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risks and procurement. Each of these tasks may require different tools; some are software-based like Microsoft Office Project, while the rest may require e-mails, phone calls, meetings, management by wandering around (MBWA) and so on.

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