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  • Birgit Coote Australia I like the interactive GANTT chart.
    2015-01-29 04:01:54

  • Srikant Parasar India good way to manage the project, but one probem strikes that who handles this software one person or its online way to upload data by every department?
    2015-01-26 11:01:18

    • Mino Angelilli United Kingdom a project manager and assistant are the ones that keep track of project and facilitate the updates
      2015-01-27 18:01:46
  • Elmi Ibrahim Mohamed Gafow Somalia is there software that we can develop the GHANT chart?
    2015-01-25 14:01:02

    • TAYO ADIO Nigeria Am working on it
      2015-01-28 21:01:33
  • Elmi Ibrahim Mohamed Gafow Somalia PERT is the best tool
    2015-01-25 14:01:58

  • Shehab Essamuddin Other How can I get microsoft project software ?
    2015-01-23 12:01:42

    • Cyd Carlson United States of America
      2015-01-23 17:01:52
  • Brian Taylor United Kingdom Costs are normally shown on a separate graph with two curves one plotting forecast budget cost and the other actual costs against schedule so that action can be taken bring cost back within budget . This approach is normal approach but would not apply to a project schedule of ten days.
    2015-01-22 13:01:13

  • Abas Idris Sudan why some times facilitating mterial take to much time and may be the project will not finish in the deadline
    2015-01-20 10:01:37

  • Abas Idris Sudan The project must be finished within the deadline( ten days)
    2015-01-20 10:01:19

  • Ayodele Tiamiyu Nigeria must it be a 10 days duration
    2015-01-16 08:01:39

  • Peter Palika Malawi A GANTT Chart is a tool that displays the tasks and cost along a horizontal time scale. Each task is recorded from the start to the end and different activities can be done simultaneously.
    2015-01-15 12:01:47

  • Ernest Ebie Nigeria With this I can produce results
    2015-01-15 10:01:26

  • olukan olusola Nigeria This is easy way to get things done
    2015-01-13 15:01:47

  • Dhanvir Nannen South Africa These tools can be specifically designed tools or regular productivity tools that can be adopted for project management work. Project Plan All the projects that should be managed by a project manager should have a project plan. The project plan details many aspects of the project to be executed. First of all, it details out the project scope. Then, it describes the approach or strategy used for addressing the project scope and project objectives. The strategy is the core of the project plan. The strategy could vary depending on the project purpose and specific project requirements. The resource allocation and delivery schedule are other two main components of the project plan. These detail each activity involved in the project as well as the information such as who executes them and when. This is important information for the project manager as well as all the other stakeholders of the project. Milestone Checklist This is one of the best tools the project manager can use to determine whether he or she is on track in terms of the project progress. The project manager does not have to use expensive software to track this. The project manager can use a simple Excel template to do this job. The milestone checklist should be a live document that should be updated once or twice a week. Gantt Chart Gantt chart illustrates the project schedule and shows the project manager the interdependencies of each activity. Gantt charts are universally used for any type of project from construction to software development. Although deriving a Gantt chart looks quite easy, it is one of the most complex tasks when the project is involved in hundreds of activities. There are many ways you can create a Gantt chart. If the project is small and simple in nature, you can create your own Gantt chart in Excel or download an Excel template from the Internet. If the project has a high financial value or high-risk exposure, then the project manager can use software tools such as MS Project. Project Management Softwares With the introduction of computer technology, there have been a number of software tools specifically developed for project management purpose. MS Project is one such tool that has won the hearts of project managers all over the world. MS Project can be used as a standalone tool for tracking project progress or it can be used for tracking complex projects distributed in many geographical areas and managed by a number of project managers. There are many other software packages for project management in addition to MS Project. Most of these new additions are online portals for project management activities where the project members have access to project details and progress from anywhere. Project Reviews A comprehensive project review mechanism is a great tool for project management. More mature companies tend to have more strict and comprehensive project reviews as opposed to basic ones done by smaller organizations. In project reviews, the project progress and the adherence to the process standards are mainly considered. Usually, project reviews are accompanied by project audits by a 3rd party (internal or external). The non-compliances and action items are then tracked in order to complete them. Delivery Reviews Delivery reviews make sure that the deliveries made by the project team meet the customer requirements and adhere to the general guidelines of quality. Usually, a 3rd party team or supervisors (internal) conduct the delivery review and the main stakeholders of the project delivery do participate for this event. The delivery review may decide to reject the delivery due to the quality standards and non-compliances. Score Cards When it comes to performance of the project team, a scorecard is the way of tracking it. Every project manager is responsible of accessing the performance of the team members and reporting it to the upper management and HR. This information is then used for promotion purposes as well as human resource development. A comprehensive score card and performance assessment can place the team member in the correct position. Conclusion A project manager cannot execute his/her job without a proper set of tools. These tools do not have to be renowned software or something, but it can pretty well be simple and proven techniques to manage project work. Having a solid set of project management tools always makes project managers' work pleasurable and productive.
    2015-01-10 18:01:21

  • Veronica Brown Australia 1. Critical path method 2. Critical chain project management 3. Program Evaluation and Review Technique 4. Activity diagram 5. Beta distribution 7. Critical path drag 8. Drag cost 9. Event chain diagram 10. Earned value management 11. Program Evaluation and Review Technique 12. work breakdown structure 13. Gantt chart 14. Design structure matrix 15. Project network 16. Triangular distribution 17. Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique 18. Capability Maturity Model 19. Integrated master plan 20. Linear scheduling method 21. Predictive analytics
    2015-01-10 12:01:33

  • Veronica Brown Australia Critical path method, The critical path method (CPM) is an algorithm for scheduling a set of project activities in a straight line. Critical chain project management, is a method of planning and managing projects that emphasizes the resources required to execute project tasks. Program Evaluation and Review Technique, commonly abbreviated PERT, is a statistical tool, used in project management, that is designed to analyze and represent the tasks involved in completing a given project. Activity diagram, Activity diagrams are graphical representations of workflows of stepwise activities and actions with support for choice, iteration and concurrency. Beta distribution, Is a combination of probability theory and statistics, most commonly used in project management for time allocation and to analyse random variables. Critical path drag, Critical path drag is a project management metric used to schedule analysis and compression in the critical path method of scheduling. Drag cost, is the reduction in the expected return on investment for a project due to an activity's or constraint's critical path drag. It is often used to justify additional resources that cost less than the drag cost. Event chain diagram, event chain diagrams are visualizations that show the relationships between events and tasks and how the events affect each other. Earned value management, is a project management technique for measuring project performance and progress interms of deducing eaned value of a project from planned value and the actual costs. Program Evaluation and Review Technique, commonly abbreviated PERT is a statistical tool, used in project management to analyze and represent the tasks involved in completing a given project. work breakdown structure, A work breakdown structure (WBS), in project managementis a deliverable oriented decomposition of a project into smaller components. Gantt chart, A Gantt chart is a type of bar chart, that illustrates a project schedule. Design structure matrix, is a simple, compact and visual representation of a system or project in the form of a matrix. It is the equivalent of an adjacency matrix in graph theory, and is used in project management to model the structure of complex systems or processes, in order to perform system analysis, project planning and organization design. Project network, A project network is a graph (flow chart) depicting the sequence in which a project's terminal elements are to be completed by showing terminal elements and their dependencies. Triangular distribution, In probability theory and statistics, the triangular distribution is a continuous probability distribution with lower limit a, upper limit b and mode c, where a < b and a ≤ c ≤ b. Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique, commonly known as GERT, is a network analysis technique used in project management that allows probabilistic treatment of both network logic and estimation of activity duration Capability Maturity Model, a Statistical model converts ad hoc practices in to formally defined steps, to managed result metrics, resulting in active optimization of the processes. Integrated master plan, is an event-driven plan document depecting the significant accomplishments necessary to complete the work and ties each accomplishment to a key program event Linear scheduling method,is a graphical scheduling method focusing on continuous resource utilization in repetitive activities. Predictive analytics, encompasses a variety of statistical techniques from modeling, machine learning, and data mining that analyze current and historical facts to make predictions about future, or otherwise unknown, events .
    2015-01-10 12:01:15

    • sanjeev shrestha Nepal Core of understanding
      2015-01-25 07:01:37
  • Seye Abiodun United Kingdom Critical path is important in project management. GANTT does not show this.
    2015-01-10 08:01:12

  • luthando siyeni United Kingdom Gantt Charts
    2015-01-09 09:01:21

  • Thimothi Satheesh Gondi India Learnt about GANTT chart
    2015-01-08 14:01:47

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