How our tools are shaping our world

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John Culkin perhaps put it best:  “We make our tools and they shape us”

This is something that cannot be denied by anyone who has lived through the current technological revolution. Communication has changed. Society has changed. Our work practices have changed. Many argue that our ability to delay gratification, wait patiently, or even just be truly idle for more than a few minutes has also changed.  

Some will argue that the tools currently shaping our world have hidden dangers. Most will also agree that some of the benefits are beyond what we could have imagined just a generation ago. Technology, software, the Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence are shaping the world of the future, and just as the printing press facilitated the Renaissance, and electricity sparked the Industrial Revolution, the impact may be bigger than we can predict at this point.   As Stowe Boyd put in in a recent article“We have been culturally, economically, and philosophically remade by the tools we hold, use, and think through.” 

 

Work management evolves

 

The way that our tools impact our world is clearly seen in modernday workspaces. We are seeing work management solutions driving greater productivity and more extensive collaboration, as well as delivering betterquality decisionmaking. The process of project management through to overarching work management is being strongly impacted by the software available to project teams and leaders. Those who started out in the world of traditional project management, with its sea of paperwork, endless reporting, and meeting-heavy schedule, may not quite recognise where they have ended up. 

 

The tools available to modern teams are shaping a new world and a new way of working. Reporting is one-touch. Updates are in real time. File versions are automatically updated. Meetings are rare. Communication is central. Teams can work remotely, often significantly more efficiently than they used to when all team members were based in the same location. Managers constantly have a clear, high-level overview of their current projects in a way that they may never have had at any point in the life cycle of a project before the technology made it possible. 

 

Verto’s work management software is creating a strong cultural imprint on our client organisations and the people who run them. Our software helps managers and leaders as they become increasingly more responsive, and supports a transformational culture by changing the work management experience for everyone involved, from sponsor to project manager to team member.   

 

The software provides a go-to place for all project and collaborative work data, effectively relieving teams of the need to find, keep and search through emails, spreadsheets and documents. It eliminates the need for the version control that was often a major challenge, when files were emailed back and forth between team members, meaning that several different versions were floating around at any given time.  Used as a tool for work management means output data is always current, live and up to date and clearly displayed on one screen that anyone who needs to can access.  

 

Shaping the public sector

 

Here at Verto, we are witnessing how tools are shaping the parts of society that matter most. Through our work with local government and the NHS, we are seeing work management software becoming part of transformation culture, even within the largest and most complex of organisations. We can, and will, continue to debate in the UK how to maintain and develop a free and functional healthcare system, and no one is likely to suggest that there is one easy answer to the issues involved. It is, however, fascinating to note how software systems have impacted recent UK health and social care initiatives. 

 

With the help of our software systems, we have supported healthcare teams to improve their project and programme management. This results in real-world impacts, allowing them to save time, eliminate red tape, launch projects faster, improve communications, and manage risks, issues and milestones in one easy-to-use system. As the software enables collaboration, and facilitates the easy sharing and mapping of project and resource data, we observe some of the roadblocks to implementing complicated healthcare initiatives melt away. Notably, we see the way that the organisation organises its data, manages it’s stakeholder accountability and communication changing. We have made the tools, and now the tools are indeed shaping the workers, the culture and the organisation. 

 

How else will software continue to shape people and their work practices? 

 

When it comes to work management, there are several impacts that we expect to see more of in the future. 

 

Data collection will happen constantly and seamlessly, across many different areas, drawing in data from many different devices. What’s more, software will quickly consolidate that data into information we can use. This will allow project leaders to make quicker, more efficient and betterinformed decisions, facilitating a new era of dynamic planning, agility and revolutionised project execution. 

 

As AI and the Internet of Things advance and expand, we can expect to see the speed of project execution increase rapidly. More technology, needing less human input, is often represented as a scary machines taking over the world scenario, but it is, in fact, a scenario that many of us already benefit from in our daily lives, as we rely on our smartphones and countless other smart devices to shoulder more and more of the work for us. It is also what represents exponential jumps forward when it comes to the timescale needed to execute complicated projects. 

 

Within the realm of work management software can be expected to lead, over time, to complete process control. It will provida system where an entire project or work process can be monitored, controlled and assessed using a range of smart technologies, requiring less work and generating less uncertainty than ever before.  

 

Ever more complicated projects will, of course, require an increase in testing and tweaking software to meet new requirements. However, it is also fair to speculate that the stress and uncertainty of project management will be more evenly spread between the tools and the people, invariably impacting our experience of daily work processes even further.  

 

Verto software can give you the tools you need to manage how you work in a completely new wayTo find out more, contact us at info@vertocloud.co.ukor register for our 30 day free trial