Tasks: Managing Information Systems Projects 1.

Jesse wants me to investigate Open Workbench software to determine whether it would be suitable for SCR. She asked me to prepare a summary of pros and cons, and a sample of screen shots and information. 2. Jesse likes the idea of using task completion estimates with best-case, probable-case, and worst-case estimates. She said that I should use typical formulas and weight values to create a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that would make it easier to calculate expected task durations. 3. To practice my skills, Jesse asked me to create an imaginary project with 10 tasks, which include dependent, multiple predecessor, and multiple successor tasks. She wants me to create a list showing the tasks and dependencies, and then lay it out on paper to show the logical flow, and the duration, start, and finish for each task. 4. I’m excited to be part of the project team, and Jesse wants me to prepare a brief handout for the other team members with some do’s and don’ts regarding project management. She said to make it look like a checklist of keys to project success.

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It is freeware. earned value. However. work profiles. and linked as desired. Projects can be reviewed with the help of GANTT and PERT charts. the user will learn how to deal with it (although. though. . throughout the duration of the project. all table views can be transferred to other applications via the clipboard (copy-and-paste). Pros Planning options are the key strength of Open Workbench. critical path. After a few hours with this tool.Open Workbench is an open source. It is a really fast app that is stable and it works. User Interface Open Workbench. Schedules of tasks can be made automatically or manually. this tool offers very good support for planning. we never really enjoyed the user interface) Cons Conclusion This project-management package is aimed at the demanding planner. the user can trace the calculation of the schedule at any time. it’s small and efficient and gets the job done. and variance analysis. The package has the ability to import XML files from MS Project. Windows PC application for project scheduling. with no limitations on the number of users. In particular. Only the categories can be arranged in a hierarchy. export to a spreadsheet) is not possible. Given its range of functionality. Export of files in other formats (in particular. particularly in comparison with other free project management tools. it is surprising that Open Workbench has such a small market share among project-management tools: 100. equipment. Baseline settings can be changed to reflect major project changes. like other Java-based project management tools. or financial. While its navigation and “look and feel” may spoil the fun initially. whether people. when the duration of a given task matches the estimated work remaining and the current availability of employees. It runs smoothly. can be defined and assigned. and various comparisons can be made. Resources. They can be arranged in categories. and the schedule can be deactivated for individual activities. This means it can take a while for a new user to find the appropriate functionality. during our testing. There is a typical master file to which resources can be added. The employee workload is clearly presented. including subprojects with all their various dependencies. in detail. It allows project planning for complete projects.000 users is a relatively small number for a tool that costs nothing and is this good. has some minor deficits in its user interface. I don't like the UI. Open Workbench provides a fully-developed planning algorithm (not released as opensource!) and some important planning and controlling features like base lining. In contrast with MS Project. Open Workbench provides good support for the project leader.

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