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Mechanism for tracking projects?

Wondering what everyone is using to track projects?  MS Project?  Some smaller some larger.  Overall like 20-25 projects.

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To manage that many projects, I would use MS Project.  Especially if you need a program powerful enough to coordinate resources across that many projects.

We used to have a template and a common resource pool in order to see status across many projects.

The other way I have done it is through MS Project and Sharepoint.  The sharepoint feature allowed people to update their status.  See this link:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/use-project-with-sharepoint-HA101805393.aspx

Note that we used 2007, but the description in the link above says that if you have more than 1000 tasks to track, you need to move to   Microsoft project server.

Probably MS Sharepoint Team  Services may offer some support in this area, but I have not used it, so I just mention it as a route to explore.

Hope this helps.

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I should also mention one non-MS product is huddle.com.  They offer a free trial: http://www.huddle.com/how-to-buy/
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There are a few free project management applications available as well.
Especially good if you only have a few projects.

Try: Ganttproject - very much like MS-Project
http://www.ganttproject.biz/

For an open source project management application try:
OpenProj - http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/

or if you want a webbased version (and your users are good computer users) try iteamwork:
http://www.iteamwork.com/

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Has anyone used Mindjet software?  I heard pretty good for visualizing project management.
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I have never used it, but it looks like a great tool.  Thanks for sharing that with us.

It would be good if you could do some sort of a free trial to make sure it can support the number of projects you have.  That is where I have seen most products fail - especially when you have shared resources across many projects and they are all logged in at the same time, trying to update their status in time for you to create and deliver your status report.  Lol.

In our case, even MS Project creaked and groaned under our load.  But we had 300 developers, 50 analysts, 25 lines of business, and 100's of projects, both big (multi-million $) and small, with thousands of individually managed tasks that 15 or 20 project mgrs were managing at any given time.  

The reason I'd say it is worth evaluating it is because by the time you spend the labor to create and load all those plans into their system, plus the time it takes everyone to come up to speed with the new system, plus your investment in their product, you will not want to have to switch to another tool in mid-stream if their product cannot handle the load.

Just some random thoughts.  Hope this helps!

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Still looking into options. Please keep it open for now. Will assign points and close soon.

Thank you!
jrhelgesonSolutions Architect
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What type of projects are you tracking?  Is it 15-20 ongoing projects?

Are these IT projects?

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Yes smth like that. IT infrastructure projects. Most of the things outsources to the hosting providers. So need to track them up and make sure nothing fell through the cracks.
jrhelgesonSolutions Architect
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We use Connectwise, it helps us track our trouble tickets for help desk, customer issues, and also projects for the big jobs.

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Looking for more like tracking on the high level. Like a list of projects and then drill down to the specifics deatails to each project.
jrhelgesonSolutions Architect
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That is exactly what Connectwise offers - High-level tracking with the ability to drill down into the nitty-gritty details...  The one thing I really like is that it is used primarily within the tech community, and therefore there are a wealth of project templates available for free within the CW community - so there is rarely a need to reinvent the wheel.

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Connectwise is indeed a great idea.  I will look into this.  Thank you!

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Do you know if connectwise avaiable online hosted and/or free try to see if worth it?
jrhelgesonSolutions Architect
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ConnectWise has what they call "ConnectWise Cloud" which is their software - hosted.  Being that this is an ERP / Project Management system, there really isn't a try-before-you-buy that I am aware of.  As one would expect, a serious business software package requires a level of commitment to integration, but the results are totally worth the effort.

We opted to purchase the software outright so that we could have something that we own, where we hold all the data, rather than comparable software out there for IT management.  We just liked that we could keep & control it all.

They do offer demos, etc. (http://www.connectwise.com)

Like I said, we use it completely, and the more we leverage it, the more work we can get done with fewer resources.  We couldn't do what we do without it.

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You sure you don't work for them ;-)
jrhelgesonSolutions Architect
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Quite sure, actually.  
Funny thing, I was thinking the same thing when I wrote that.

"And if you act now, for a limited time only... check your Sunday paper for coupons."

:)

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HAHA HA you rock!!

Good stuff.  Thanks man!

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