Most of us don’t have project manager in our job title but that’s not to say we aren’t involved in managing projects. Personally on a day-to-day basis, I have to manage website updates (such as the recent rebrand for Version 5), allocate tasks and actions to colleagues, prepare and implement marketing campaign plans, and supervise social media and advertising plans. I have never received formal project management training and would never describe myself as a project manager but managing projects is a key part of my role. Far from being an unusual way of working, when I look at colleagues and friends, everyone seems to be working like this and it seems that most people in business also work on projects and have increasing project management responsibilities.
And while most organizations provide their project managers with tools and the formal training on both the recommended methodologies and the use of those tools to enable them to successfully manage their projects, outside of formal project management, workers are generally not provided with exposure to such things. Often the result can be that inconsistent and inefficient approaches to project management across the business are developed.
These 'project managers’ in all but name are regularly in and out of projects and require a simple solution that doesn't require re-training each time they return to or begin a new project. Using MindGenius in this way provides a simple cost effective project management tool that users can adopt as a way of working throughout the project lifecycle.
MindGenius and the templates included in Version 5 of the product will; lead the user through, brainstorming for requirements gathering, projects risks and problem solving, help them manage meetings from project kick-off to retrospectives and enable them to develop project scope and Gantt charts to manage projects to a successful end.
While many people come to MindGenius as they have heard of the mind mapping abilities, when they start using the project management functionality, they see for themselves the results it can bring.
MindGenius customer, Amanda O'Neil, Operations Supervisor, Gael Ltd said:
“MindGenius is used for project coordination with our larger customers and is ideal for providing project timelines, resource allocation and key milestones for each project we work on. The best thing about using it is using the map to build the project plan which is far easier than anything I have used before, and then converting this to the Gantt view which is quick and easy to do. We had one of our biggest customers Siloam Hospitals specifically ask for their project plan in MindGenius because they prefer the ease of changing items around within the project map which automatically updates the Gantt view.
With MindGenius 5, the new project reports are used for review at key stages of the project to see what tasks have been completed and are ideal for giving the customer an indication on how on track we are with their project.
Overall being able to just make 1 change on the map which is then rolled out to the Gantt view and project report is a great time saver.”
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