Project Management

Mind Mapping Your Microsoft Project Schedule

Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager and is the author of the Microsoft Project Made Easy series. For more project management advice, visit the website TacticalProjectManagement.com.

If you were asked to deliver a project with the bare minimum set of software project management tools, what would be your answer? I would confidently reply “Microsoft Project and a project log to capture issues, risks, action items and change requests.” Depending on the formal PM requirements of the organization, I’d probably drop the project log and track those items in Microsoft Project as well. However, after delivering projects with Mind Jet’s Mind Manager, I’ve added a third tool to my must-have list of project management tools.
 
Mind Jet’s Mind Manager simply saves me time in my day-to-day project management activities. Considering project managers spend up to 90 percent of their time communicating across project teams, it definitely helps when a tool is used to improve project management efficiency. Mind Manager helps facilitate a variety of project management processes ranging from communication plans to detailed project schedules.
 
This article provides an overview on how project managers can apply the Project Time Management process to quickly develop a skeleton project schedule using Mind Manager and integrate it with Microsoft Project. Mind Manager has a powerful integration feature that exports data to MS-Project for further decomposition and schedule development. For small, low-complexity projects, you may even…

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