Project Management

Topic Teasers Vol. 65: Assessing Electronic Tools

Heartland Nebraska / Iowa Chapter

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I know project managers are now going to be more involved in business analysis things, but that doesn’t mean I know how to do that part of the job yet. My manager asked me to narrow down a list of electronic tools to see what would be best for our corporate situation. How do I even start?

A. Google “software tools for project management.” The product with the highest number of listings in your search page is the best one on the market. Recommend that one.

B. Ask your local PMI chapter, Agile Alliance chapter or IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) chapter board what three products they would recommend. They may also have a list of the vendors that had booths or tables at their last local event.

C. Software changes rapidly. Try to find the most recently developed software so that you don’t get stuck with outdated code. Always go with the old saying, “The latest created is the greatest created!”

D. Your management team, with the help of the procurement staff, will probably make the final decision. Use a logical matrix of tool profiles to narrow down the field for what you need in your organization, and then turn the final decision over to them.

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Answer: D. Your management team, with the help of the procurement staff,…


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