Educational institutions, e-learning companies and providers of educational curriculum face specialized challenges in project management. A coherent project management strategy can increase the efficiency of developing educational product and educational programs. Project management software can be the foundation for this strategy.
Product development groups in these companies can work on upwards of 120 new projects at any given time. These projects are generally the development of new educational programs that will be offered to hundreds of thousands of students overtime –programs that are crucial in those students’ academic or professional development. The programs can range from vocational or technical programs to graduate and undergraduate courses.
Project management software enforces a unified project management strategy across the product development groups in education and e-learning companies, and brings several benefits.
1) The ability to make apples-to-apples comparisons of the status of multiple projects and budgets.
2) The ability to make better resource allocation decisions by providing a complete picture of where people are deployed, track time and where their time is already accounted for/allocated for ongoing or future educational projects.
3) Provide a mechanism to generate projects metrics, measure results and optimize product development processes.
4) All of which reinforces greater accountability, operational efficiencies and facilitates better project planning by having business intelligence at management’s fingertips.
While there are many project management software solutions available, web-based or online solutions can serve up this kind of information anytime, giving management complete and transparent access to the status of multiple projects or the entire educational product development portfolio.
Many educational providers have evaluated competing project management solutions, including Microsoft Project Server and chosen Vertabase Pro. The decision is often based on functionality, ease-of-use, cost-efficiency and the quality of training and post-sales support.