Saturday, October 08, 2005

Another project management homework...

...another tool to be learned and forgotten.

I have yet to meet someone in the real world who used anything but Microsoft Project or a lower-cost equivalent. Why is it that we are continually forced to learn tools that are not at all applicable outside the doors of academia?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

-maybe using MS project has something to do with the fact that so many projects are overdu, over budget, abd subquality.

just as PPT has much to do with the low infornation content of presentation, which leads to bad decisions.

- mattisxtpx

Yoav said...

Maybe. Or maybe the market has spoken as we'd like a free market to speak. (M$ did not have an inherent advantage with Project, it was one of the few areas where it competed straight up more or less)

jack said...

I've used other tools than Project which are certainly not lower cost. But I guess the question is why complain? Grad school is not about learning to use software, it is about learning concepts and how to solve problems. I'd be really disappointed if all I got out of it was just a few lessons in Project. The basics of all schedule programs are the same anyway, so look for what is common among them.

Ilana said...

I agree wholeheartedly that grad school is not about software. VenSim is very complicated stuff...it took me about eight hours just to figure the tool out.

I like the concepts behind it....studying what makes the projects late. I would just prefer to spend time learning the concepts rather than the tool.