If it's not scheduled--it's not going to happen
a case for simulations
With the recent proliferation of software applications for project management has come a misconception that is increasingly taking root among practitioners: That the right application can solve any project problem. This article examines why project managers must develop their ability to schedule projects without relying on software programs and why they must not rely on software to provide the answers. In doing so, it describes the author's childhood experience in learning a critical fact: That technology is a valuable tool but that it will not supply the answer or perform the work needed to accomplish a task. It discusses the work that project managers must perform and how project management software can help them accomplish their tasks. It looks at the author's experience managing projects for the US Air Force, where he helped his team understand one basic truth of managing projects: If an event or activity is not scheduled, it will not occur or be realized. It explains how the application used helped his team manage the information they gathered during earlier stages of the project. It also discusses how project management software can enhance team communications and how the author demonstrated the benefits of using project management by proving its effectiveness in helping he and his wife plan the birth dates of this two children--before his wife's pregnancy.