Project Management Software

Project management software has the capacity to help plan, organize, and manage resource tools and develop resource estimates. Depending on the sophistication of the software, it can manage estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, decision-making, quality management and documentation or administration systems.

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A simple overview of the possibilities of using technology for project management.
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Where used to see Gantt charts for illustrating project timelines, but what if I wanted to visualize passed timed events? Here's how.
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by:Jim Horn
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Nice job illustrating.  Voted Yes.
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by:kev_hinds
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Pretty decent.  I am sure it could come in handy some day.  Thanks!
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Re-planning is just as important as planning. MS Project files need to be updated regularly to reflect the current status of the project and to streamline the upcoming tasks. We have seen a lot of issues where project managers have not updated the project file. They run into project status issues. MS Project file can reflect the schedule, cost and effort changes as the project moves along. This information is only available if the project manager updates the project file. If this information is not updated, then the status of the project is not known.

We can recognize this from questions such as "many project tasks have been delayed how can we change the project end date?"  The answer to this question is not to technically find a solution to just change the end date. But the right way is to re-plan. This is done by entering the information about the delayed tasks using the feature of actual start date and actual end date in MS Project. By using these parameters, actual proceedings of the task can be entered. MS Project will take these dates (and delays) into account and would adjust the project timeline accordingly.

MS Project also includes the feature to view status of any particular date. More importantly, we can view how much progress would have been made up to a certain date based on the information entered in the actual start and completion dates of completed and ongoing tasks. This is a valuable tool and project managers must use it in the project management …
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At the office, we’ve started to get serious about organizing what we’re doing. I mean, it was getting to the point where every time I received a phone call, it began with “I know you’re really busy, but…” My boss was taking tasks away from me left and right – not in a bad way, but just so I could get the important things done. I’m pretty sure threats were made to several folks to not bother me.

One day, I sat down with him at lunch, and we decided we really needed a way to just figure out “what stuff we had to do”. A project management system was needed, both to solve the problem of tasking the department equally and so we could track what jobs were in progress.

After several involved Google searches, I came across Redmine, a very flexible, web-based project management system developed on Ruby on Rails. I was skeptical at first, but truthfully Redmine is one of the most active and functional project management apps I’ve used. Primarily aimed at software development, Redmine has many third-party plugins available to extend the capabilities for any organization, and can be used to control nearly any type of project. Plus, the "free" price point was a lot more attractive than Microsoft Office Project Server.

One of the major modifications we were interested in making was changing the “versions” feature to “milestones”. Our primary use of Redmine is managing standard projects, not software development,…
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grantsewell,

Nice, tidy little article. It has been published, and I have set it as a Community Pick as well.

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Project Management Software

Project management software has the capacity to help plan, organize, and manage resource tools and develop resource estimates. Depending on the sophistication of the software, it can manage estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, decision-making, quality management and documentation or administration systems.

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