How Do I Switch To A New Project Management Software?
If you’re asking… “How Do I Switch To A New Project Management Software?” or “My Company Needs to Change Project Management Tools, What’s the Best Way?” then read on to see what we did.
Project management tools are supposed to be an organizer’s dream come true, right? So you would think switching from a project management tool that no long fits your needs to one that has all the bells and whistles would be a dream come true. However, making the switch from one project management tool to the next presents a load of issues you would have never thought possible…one could say this is really an organizer’s worst nightmare?
Choosing the Right Project Management Tool
Choosing the right project management tool that will fit all of your wants, needs and desires may seem overwhelming and nearly impossible, but the thing to keep in mind and the best way to approach this question is to write out your top three ‘must-haves’ for your new project management tool.
Below are a few features that were important to Acumen when we made the switch to our new project management system.
- Ability to create task templates
- Subtasks and sub-folders
- Ability to send GIFs in a task thread
For our needs, it was essential that we found a project management tool that allowed us to create temples we could reuse for our monthly work for all of our clients. This would allow us to cut down the time our team spent creating new tasks every month and assigning them out.
It was also important for us to have the ability to create tasks within tasks, sub-tasks or ‘task inception’ if you will 😉 (get it because Inception was a dream within a dream and this is a task within a task…ok cool, just making sure). Having this ability would allow us to breakdown a larger tasks into smaller ones and for us to know exactly where we were within a project or task.
Ok so the last bullet point, “ability to send a GIF” may or may not have been really vital to anyone else but me. I love sending GIFs and use them to communicate roughly 90% of my day.
So in Conclusion on Switching to a New Project Management Tool
As long as you have your list of top ‘must-haves’ for a new project management tool and focus on making sure your new tool has those features, your transition from one platform to the next will be less painful than had you never made that list to begin with….keep in mind, keywords there “less painful”. Believe me, it will still be painful, but it will be one less thing you need to worry about as you do your research.
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