The Project Management Continuum – List vs. Task vs. System

In today’s world of project management there are generally speaking 3 ways of managing projects – lists, tasks, and integrated systems.  Lists are good for managing single none complicated, one off types of projects – pick up the mail, drop off the package etc…  Integrated systems, such as MS Project, are most useful for large complex projects with many moving pieces, long lead times, lots of inter-dependencies and typically involve large capital related expenses, such as new machinery or infrastructure changes. Task management is the “middle child” – not as cuddly as the youngest child, and not as highly thought of as the oldest more experienced sibling. However, task management is most often ideal for keeping track of the 5 W’s – who, what, where, why and when. If you’re looking for a simple to use task oriented project management software tool the 5W’s approach might be right for you. In fact there’s an Excel based software product entitled W5Templates that does just this. Don’t just take my word for it. Download a free trial from the web  ( and check it out for yourself. Let me know what you think.

Dave Oshlag has been helping companies large and small stay organized and focus on the right projects for more than 25 years.  His specialty is saving hours of time wasted on disorganized systems without spending thousands of dollars. He’s best known for enabling massive changes in productivity with tools like W5 Templates that are simple, streamlined and get people organized quickly.

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