Tony McManus on McMethod.net, agility and true project management acumen
Many speak freely of agility and the need for businesses to adapt quickly to capitalise on the digital economy, but few have a clear-cut strategy to do so.
Tony believes project managers need to adopt remote management techniques and technologies whilst providing meaningful and reliable information to stakeholders who may not be physically present.
Copious text reports are being replaced with web-based reporting tools to enable access by stakeholders and the corresponding change within Project Management Information Systems is fascinating he says.
Working with partners, Tony is using his expertise in project management methodology and process management software to entrench the value of McMethod.net into the corporate space. This offering is ideally positioned to meet a growing need for a flexible approach to processes and software in the market he says.
“The IT Industry is faced with ever-increasing challenges in the need to support businesses as they adapt to the burgeoning digital economy,” Tony continues.
“The rate of application development has increased immensely and so have the risks associated with the need to get this new business functionality to market first. The adoption of agile techniques is prevalent and the need for project managers to understand the new dynamics is paramount,” he adds.
McMethod.net is designed to help project managers deliver successful projects expediently and do so while carefully maintaining necessary standards and governance.
Using SharePoint, McMethod.net creates a project workspace for each project started. This provides a single repository which greatly eases the administrative burden for Project Managers and project teams whilst ensuring that organisation governance requirements are met.
Tony believes the market has arrived at a juncture in its development defined by the move to mobile personal devices and the adoption of agile project methods. The result is the need to enable stakeholders to make decisions and apply expertise from any location, from any device or mechanism.
“In the rush to market, caution is often thrown to the wind and governance corners are frequently cut. The challenge is adapting to the new pace whilst ensuring that the business is not exposed to unnecessary risk,” Tony explains.
A no-nonsense approach
This ICT professional is dedicated to his career and is more than comfortable with the pressure and responsibility associated with successful project delivery and service to clients.
“I love the job… particularly dealing with professional people and witnessing the successful delivery of projects for businesses. Knowing the buck stops with me is exhilarating,”
In a discussion about his work and the business that has been created, along with the environment in which Tony has made his mark, it becomes clear that technology is very much at the heart of what he does and why he does it.
Tony would not venture far without his smartphone which enables him to maintain contact with- and oversee his business via email, the Company’s financial system and its CRM system. He emphasises the benefit of centralising his work applications, entertainment systems and Internet.
There is little that keeps Tony away from his work and his commitment to ensuring businesses benefit from project methodology that is aligned with technology trends and application.
He looks forward to engaging the market and further entrenching the value that is McMethod.net and advanced project management systems, processes and software.