Planners in many industries are still using Excel spreadsheets to keep track of their projects.
Some are reluctant to move to digital planning tools.
Perhaps they assume it will be too expensive, complex or slow to learn.
Or maybe it is simply that project planning spreadsheets are familiar and comfortable.
Let us take a step back and consider some of the opportunities they may be missing.
Construction project planning software tools like Elecosoft’s Powerproject have been on the market for a while.
When you move from a project planning spreadsheet to digital planning software, you get all the usual spreadsheet features but specifically optimised for construction.
The software is designed to store and handle tasks and timelines – whereas spreadsheets are designed to handle figures and calculations.
Why spend time trying to force a spreadsheet to do what comes naturally with a purpose-designed solution?
Project planning software like Powerproject has a big advantage when planning construction projects, it was developed by actual experts in construction.
That expertise is augmented with the real experiences of users, our software has been continuously improved based on customer feedback and requests for many years.
Whenever you’ve wished for a handy feature that is always needed on a construction project but is very time-consuming in your spreadsheet, you could just click a button in Powerproject.
Experienced planners can map out programmes for a few weeks in a project planning spreadsheet – but what happens if something unforeseen happens?
Every project manager knows the big potential impact of even a small change.
You can re-calculate the schedule with a spreadsheet – with time and effort to explore dependencies and possible outcomes.
The experience and logic isn’t in the software, so it must come from the planner.
Planning software such as Powerproject is designed around this challenge and to illustrate the impact of alterations or delays on the critical path and resourcing requirements.
A construction-focused programme solution helps you see the full picture, make informed decisions, communicate with sub-contractors, and spot efficiency improvements.
You can also explore alternate futures.
The same capability that enables you to see the impact of change also allows you to explore ‘what if’ scenarios – to innovate around the project aims, explore the feasibility of value engineering ideas, and more.