I am not a project manager, and the projects I am dealing with are not technical (no softwares, construction, etc.) But I need to make sure that 30 different projects are completed successfully by the end of the year by different (but overlapping) team. And I would like suggestion on how to simplify that. I am one of the two directors in a department of about 20+ people. For this first time this year, we put all our annual goals and wishlist into a project form and assigned owners and teams based on individual strengths and interests. We also roughly scope the deliverables and timeframe to be further refined by the team. I own a handful of projects, sponsor a whole lot more. And need to come up with an efficient process. Most of the people in my department are competent and motivated. Some very strong personalities. But they have varying degrees of project management skills. Plus they have their day-to-day jobs to take care of. Most of the projects are marketing or process-related, and I find that Microsoft Project is overly complicated for our needs. Any advice?
See Manager Tools' Project Management Guidance here.