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What project management tool is best?

By BobArtner - TechRepublic ·
I'm interested learning more about the project management tools that consultants use.

While Microsoft Project continues to lead in marketshare, there are many other products out there.

What project management tools do you use, and why?

I'llgive the TechPoints to the person with the best answer, and we'll publish the best answers in a future article.

Bob Artner
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by mom2michael In reply to What project management t ...

I agree that there are many project tools out there; however, it has been my experience that MS Project is the best at covering a project overall from start to finish. Very few other tools will actually let you customize your own project. With MS Project, you can format the way your project appears, make it HTML, even break down the cost of your resources to the penny per hour. I have found it to be a very powerful tool in all aspects of running and managing projects regardless of how big orhow small.

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by mom2michael In reply to What project management t ...

I agree that there are many project tools out there; however, it has been my experience that MS Project is the best at covering a project overall from start to finish. Very few other tools will actually let you customize your own project. With MS Project, you can format the way your project appears, make it HTML, even break down the cost of your resources to the penny per hour. I have found it to be a very powerful tool in all aspects of running and managing projects regardless of how big orhow small.

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by ejtucker In reply to What project management t ...

Bob,

The best tool for project management is the brain.

Sounds like a trite answer, however, too many people attempt to manage a project using tool X rather than understanding how to manage a project first and then apply a tool to help with the heavy lifting.

MS Project is certainly my favourite PM tool (especially in ms-centric organizations so that it can tie into office, exchange server, etc). But I have in the past really botched projects I didn't know the theory that the tool wasbased on in the first place.

Elton Tucker
elton.tucker@writeproject.com
www.writeproject.com

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by tgross In reply to What project management t ...

It depends:
* Get a estimating tool if estimates are important. MS project doesn't help too much with making good estimates.

* Do you have remote projects that need teamware? Virtual team members require virtual team management.

* What does the client need or feel comfortable with? There are a number of tools in the marketplace because of client preferences.

* What about a Project Management tool that integrates with other project tool, like: schedulers, config management, testing, etc.
My favorite is RUP from Rationale.

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by Bobelino In reply to What project management t ...

MS Project is really the only way to go. While I'm not a MS-phile, Project is solidly integrated with Microsoft Office. It is quick and easy to use on small projects, even when all you need are charts to show the client. It really shines on largeproject when you use Team Manager and Outlook. Correctly implemented (and enforced), the project manager can assign tasks to team leaders who break them down and assign them to team members. These tasks appear in Outlook and team members can log time against the task and register completion status. All of this detail information will roll up to the project plan automatically! It is a gargantuan savings in time and effort AND keeps the project status current. Absolutely indispensable on medium to large projects. But beware, enforcement can be difficult.

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Thanks - that's a good answer.

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