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Top 10 Must Have Project Software Features
There is a natural evolution a project manager will go through as they start down thepath of managing projects. Early on in their career (which may not start out as projectmanagement), they find they have an affinity toward organizing tasks and people. They
don’t like to waste time
. They look for areas where efficiency and predictability can beintroduced to whatever they are working on. They are not big fans of surprises and putsimple systems and processes in place to prevent these from happening.
Early Project Software
Do” list is their best friend. This list is by their side all
day long. It is reviewed, refreshed, and reprioritizedconstantly. Tasks are crossed off while new ones are added.Pages are torn out while new lists are started. There is theexhilarating sense of accomplishment and progress that anever-
do” list brings to a nascent project manager.
But, this fledgling project manager soon outgrows the “To
Do” list. It becomes apparent
that priorities, people, and tasks change too frequently. The sheet of paper is not largeenough to hold all the activity and the changes cause the paper to fill up with a crypticscribbled down mess.
Precursor to Project Software
The next stage in this evolutionary process is the utilitarianspreadsheet. It seems like it was designed with a project managerin mind. The grids, the boxes, the ability to sort and resort and theflexibility to add whatever you need seem like the perfect home for
Do” list. This tool allows a new
project manager to keep allof their activity in one place, put together basic reports, updatestatus, keep track of issues, and even color code and prioritizethose tasks that are most important.But the almighty spreadsheet also hits a brick wall and also discovered to be deficientfor a project manager. It is quickly found that one change in one place does not affect all