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The Best of Project Management Software

The Best of Project Management Software

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Published by Jason Westland
Pro and cons of project management software systems. This is a collection of excerpts from the ProjectManager.com blog archives 2008 - 2013 presenting top tips and advice from our professional project managers in a "best of" series now available free to download and share.
Pro and cons of project management software systems. This is a collection of excerpts from the ProjectManager.com blog archives 2008 - 2013 presenting top tips and advice from our professional project managers in a "best of" series now available free to download and share.

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The Best of Project Management Systems
 A selection of professional insights from the Blog archive
 
 
 
ProjectManager.com© 2013 All Rights Reserved
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Since 2008 our project management professionals have been sharing knowledge,experience and learning with online readers via the Project Manager Blog.Their collective wisdom provides a wealth of how to, top tips and best practice advice,for project managers, teams and businesses.
To make their writings more accessible we’ve created a series of “Best of” project
management topics available free to download and share.Here is a collection of excerpts and insights from blog posts that discuss the pro andcons of project management software systems.EnjoyJason Westland CEOProjectManager.com 
 
 
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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
 –
 
The “To
-
Do” List
 
The “To
-
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-
changing “to
-
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
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The Spreadsheet
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
the “To
-
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

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Wow! What a wealth of information. Thanks for putting this all together and offering it for free. This is great information to share with our clients and partners. Brad Hodson JobNimbus http://jobnimbus.com
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