Using a Project Management Information System

A Project Management Information System (PMIS) is an automated program that can assist you in some of your software project management activities. PMIS software can definitely make things easier for you, but it will not do your job for you and it will not correct you if you make a mistake.

You can use PMIS software to do the following:

i Create performance reports, resource reports, tracking reports, status reports, and progress reports i Schedule resources and view resource constraints i Create a project baseline i Track project progress i Track and report on project issues and risks i Organize and schedule tasks i List task predecessors and successors i Publish and share project information with your project team and other stakeholders i View project calendars, charts, and network diagrams i Perform other project tasks or calculations, depending on the specific PMIS that you use

PMIS software, such as Microsoft Project, usually includes many useful tools and techniques that you and your software project team can use to gather, track, share, and communicate project information. You can discover more information about Microsoft Project by perusing Microsoft Project 2003 For Dummies by Nancy Stevenson (Wiley) and by visiting www.microsoft.com.

¥You should be able to find several good PMISs on the Web that will meet your needs and are free, or you can complete some research and, depending on the needs of your software project, purchase a solid and reliable PMIS. Just don't expect even a top-of-the-line PMIS to do your job for you or make you appear more competent than you really are.

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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