In the not too distant past, wireless construction projects were managed using Excel® spreadsheets. These cumbersome trackers aggregated data using long formulas and complex pivot tables.
Milestones, dates, times, and any other numbers entered into the spreadsheet became “history” as soon as it entered the spreadsheet. “Real-time data” was unattainable.
This isolated data was wholly unreliable; yet, it was all we had.
Enter cloud-based project management
Project management software built specifically to manage projects and hosted on the cloud gave us a collaborative tool - a tool that brought data and insights into semireal time.
Although, a problem still exists…The same resources that were entering data into the spreadsheet are now merely supplying that information to a new tool.
The analysis capabilities and access has changed, but not the data.
In both the spreadsheet and the project management software, data is based on the memory of the person doing the task. Information is not entered when the job is completed. Instead, it is added at the end of the day, the end of the week, or even the end of project.
It is impossible to create accurate project reporting based on human-generated data.