Actually, I was
pondering this, wondering what in particular has made the biggest
change in any of my business lines. It turned out the project
management never factored into it at all. Instead, it was something
about technology that I learned.
One of the most widespread changes was to take 6 months, last year, to
learn Paint Shop Pro. It was deeply frustrating, filled with angst but
also excitement. I hated it, Kathy hated it, yet we were stuck in it.
We couldn`t get away from it, spent hours upon hours, and kept
wondering why the hell we were so caught up in it.
Now, a year later, every aspect of our business is impacted by
graphics, images, and the capability to manipulate photos as if they
were clipart. Without that capability, we`d have some major problems.
Unfortunately for this particular topic, it has nothing to do with Project Management.
My point is that in my estimation, PM comes into play after a business
has some number of employees. When it`s a single-owner startup, if that
person happens to already know PM, fine. Otherwise, it`s not high on
the list of priorities to learn.