We’re not talking here of headache tablets after a tough day at work – but Tablet PCs, which seem to be pervading all our lives at present. Although you probably wouldn’t want to try using a tablet device as your major computing tool when using Project Management software like PRINCE2 or GANTT, there can be no doubt that more and more Project Managers are adopting tablet computers as one of the tools in their armory to keep on top of the project they’re managing. So, here at Enterprise-PM we thought it time to mention what the Project Manager could get out of using a tablet computer.
Tablets for Project Management.
Look for at least a 10 inch screen, otherwise you might as well just buy a bigger smartphone. The bigger the memory you can afford the faster apps will load, whilst a big storage facility is good – you can always look to using ‘Cloud’ computing for storage anyway. Think of the tablet as a means of keeping in touch and being able to quickly and easily get across your points when away from the office. So pay the extra and get integrated mobile broadband if possible. If you’re project managing in a tough environment then there are now heavy duty tablets on sale, but it has to be said that they are poor relations design wise to the iPad and Xoom etc. However, wherever you’re using your tablet PC we’d recommend buying a cover sleeve to carry it around in and using the clear screen protectors when operating it.
Using your tablet.
When you’re out of the office and checking on the projects progress you’re constantly making notes, phoning people or sketching things out for others etc. Having a tablet computer will let you do all those things – but can also provide a permanent record and audit trail, which can so often be important when things need checking. So would a alptop too – but you’ll find that a tablet will be much quicker to strat up than a laptop and so, as you’re moving about and needing to keep turning it on and off – it will be much easier to handle. We’ll cover these in more detail another time but, apart from the generic software you might currently use on a netbook or laptop when out of the office – you can get all sorts of Project Management apps on your tablet dedicated to assisting you in your work as a Project Manager.