Disadvantages Of Project Management

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Project management software gives a great number of abilities to managers. Generally speaking, email is the most common method of communication in the workplace environment. However, in an environment with dozens to hundreds of individuals, this may leave some members uninformed, and it can make access to information slow and grueling. Project management software often remedies this situation. The key factor to successful project management is the presence of valid information. According to Shin (2014), “Members not on key email chains are left in the dark, and important messages get buried in overstuffed inboxes.” These individuals, who are left in the dark, contribute to the ever present issue of the miscommunication of information found…show more content…
Most, if not all, software packages would require some form of training to use effectively; therefore, organizations must incur both time and budget costs due to the need to reorganize complete systems (Whitaker, 2014). Additionally, some software packages can be highly expensive. Some versions of these programs made for hundreds of users can similarly be hundreds of dollars. One price given was $800 for a few hundred users. Hence why these programs are most often used by larger companies. Yes there are smaller companies that use them, but the smaller the team gets the less necessary the extra cost of this software becomes. Now of course the expense isn’t as large if the company is smaller, most of these programs have differing prices for different numbers of users. For a smaller company, a similar program may only cost $50 - $100. Although this is changing, there are plenty of free and competent software solutions today and one source even points to cloud apps as being a useful alternative to normal project management software (Bonnie, 2014). Often these apps require little to no money and no upkeep on the part of the organization, however they are controlled by outside companies and may not necessarily keep information completely safe which can be a serious threat to a company 's well…show more content…
However it should be stated that it is not limited to very large businesses. Despite generally being more limited in functionality, there are free cloud apps and other programs that are quite useful for smaller businesses. It’s not really a matter of “do you need software?” it’s a matter of “what kind of software do you need?”. Even something as simple as google drive could be considered a very limited form of project management software, as it facilitates teamwork by allowing members to share documents and edit them together in real time. However, proper software is generally fairly expensive and complex enough to require some form of training. Generally smaller businesses that can communicate through email and google docs without risking people being forgotten or taking a week for a single piece of information to be passed down the chain will not need this. This is especially so since said training coupled with the price tag often placed on the professional versions of this kind of software can be quite expensive. Prices can range from around $60 for a few users up to $800 for a few hundred
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