In addition to my own posts, I also write for ActionMint, an authority on cloud-based project management. Recently I posted an article on their blog concerning the importance of keeping up with the paperwork while running a project. Here is an excerpt:
Project managers are often mystified by the amount of “paperwork” that the average project requires. Even if handled on computer without a single sheet of actual paper being touched, there seems to be an inordinate amount of writing standing between a project manager and the perceived reality of actually doing things. The temptation is great to bypass all of this bureaucratic writing, or at least put it off to the end of the project, but such thoughts are very dangerous. A project without a paper skeleton becomes a shapeless, uncontrollable thing. Without the right types of documentation, stakeholders and team members alike can lose track of the mission of a project, its actual deliverable, or worse, where the money is going (or has gone). It is extremely easy to lose track of details during the intense day-to-day operation of a project, but without these details a project cannot succeed.
To read the full article, please visit the ActionMint blog here.