The Case for Modern Work Management
The way in which we work has changed, as has the workplace which features a multi-generational workforce.
When announcing their new vision for work management in 2018, Microsoft stated:
“Over the last few years, the basic organising concept for work—the project—has changed significantly. Once a well-defined set of tasks, people, and milestones, today’s projects take on many shapes and sizes. They can be formal or ad hoc. They can last a few hours or go on for years. They can be assigned to a small group or cut across many large organisations.
As a result, whether we realise it or not, we have all become project managers. And to stay on top of the ever-shifting requirements of our day-to-day jobs, we need tools that are simple enough for anyone to use, flexible enough to support any project type, powerful enough to handle initiatives of any size, and transparent enough to provide visibility across the organisation.”
Because of this diverse set of requirements and a tendency for teams to go and procure any solution (i.e. Asana, Trello, Monday) that ‘plugs’ the immediate gap without a joined-up longer-term view. As a result, you end up with misaligned & disjointed siloes and collaboration between teams becomes difficult, whilst lots of data is pumped out and needs to be manually cobbled together to provide the big picture.
Microsoft, however, are well placed to bring order to chaos through the Office 365 work management platform.