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What software to use?

By bfisher ·
We are a engineer to order environmental firm where we juggle multiple projects across multiple resources. I am looking for a project management software that will allow us to better schedule / manage our time. Any suggestions?

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by JamesRL In reply to What software to use?

You can't look at Project Management software without looking at Microsoft Project. There is an enterprise version that allows you to share out information and delivery it via the web.

The other one to look at is Primavera - its a little more costly and complicated. But I have worked with several engineering groups on large projects who swear by it.

Are you just looking to schedule and manage time - presumably on projects? Or are you looking for more like resource planning/balancing, calculating earned value etc.?

James

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by 3xp3rt In reply to What software to use?

I agree with the first answer, but if you are looking for workflow management software, a better solution (and more chipper) is to use Outlook or Lotus Notes.

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by bill In reply to What software to use?

A free alternative I've heard good things about is Open Workbench:
http://www.openworkbench.org/

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by Goodwisj In reply to What software to use?

Using MS Project allows you to use the same resource files for a number of projects.. Start from the context of identifying your resources that you will use, hourly rates, availability, etc before you start to use a common resource file. Then for each resource allocate a calendar with working days, working hours and non-working time - you should find that when you do this many of the resources work the same pattern - one calendar per pattern.
If you happen to have Lotus Notes then consider looking at Projectrak which handles the scheduling and the content management of projects - www.projectrak.com
Cheers Steve

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by derek2 In reply to What software to use?

When managing projects using a PM tool, you can still fall foul of project elements being forecast somewhat optimistically (on budget and timescales).

Overlaying MSP or Primavera with something like Pertmaster allows a spread of possible durations and budgets to be entered, helping you to judge optimistic, realistic and pessimistic outcomes - with liklihoods attached to each. It helps you identify risky elements and manage them early. Walt Disney uses it, BP and Nasa says their site.

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