Ten Project Management Software Products to Explore

In This Chapter

^ Looking at add-on software

^ Discovering software that integrates with Project-generated plans

^ Reviewing separate software products that help project managers with project-related tasks f m f you've followed this book to this point, you've probably figured out by now that project management software — just like a project manager — wears a lot of hats. Microsoft Office Project does everything from allowing you to create tasks and assign resources to tracking progress, analyzing cost overruns, and analyzing scheduling conflicts. It handles graphics, complex calculations, and interactions with the Web.

Software designers always have to make trade-offs among features, deciding which ones to include and how much functionality to give each feature. Most Project features do everything you need, but others are less complete. Some features might not quite get the job done as well as a more specialized tool that you can use in conjunction with Project. Third-party software partners work with Microsoft to create add-on software to provide Project with greater functionality: for example, generating a greater variety of graphic reports. In other cases, software handles specialized functions that Project doesn't incorporate, such as managing the hundreds of drawings involved in construction projects.

Consider this the when-two-heads-are-better-than-one chapter. This chapter describes ten interesting software tools that you can use with Project. Most of the makers of these tools offer some kind of free demo of their product on company Web sites. Plenty of products are out there, so use this chapter as a starting point as you consider ways to extend Project's functionality.

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Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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