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How important are the use of tools for a Project Manager?
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Does knowledge of tools affects probability of hiring as a project manager. If so, what are the necessary tools to equipped with in today's date. Does PMI officially recommends any tool?
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A pencil is a tool. So, I guess that you are talking about software tools. It is a must when you go for a job. My recommendation is searching into the internet for project manager positions and look what they are requesting and knowledge about using software tools.
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1 reply by Atif Qureshi
Nov 26, 2018 1:00 AM
Atif Qureshi
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Thanks Sergio. I am already doing the same.
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A large part of the PMBOK Guide is devoted to the tools of project management. There are MANY MANY of them. I don't know of any PM who uses all of them but professional PM's should have at least have heard of them and know what they are for. It would be an interesting study to see which ones are most commonly used so that we could answer your question with some statistics.
(By the way, the PMBOK tools are more like "pencil" and less like different software packages. If your talking about software, I agree with Sergio's suggestion - go see what's needed in PM job descriptions.)
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1 reply by Atif Qureshi
Nov 26, 2018 1:01 AM
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Thanks Margaret :)
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Atif -

I've never been in a situation in either a full time or contract role where my lack of expertise with a given PM software tool was a barrier to landing the gig. Such knowledge is always considered "nice to have" as even if you know the tool, the organization's specific configuration or practices will be different than what you've experienced before.

PMI does not advocate any specific tools or products as there is no "one size fits all" PM tool other than a pencil...

Kiron
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1 reply by Kevin Drake
May 18, 2018 8:56 PM
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I strongly second Kiron, and any PM can adapt to the existing tool, end of the day they all have the same principle.
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May 18, 2018 5:05 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Atif -

I've never been in a situation in either a full time or contract role where my lack of expertise with a given PM software tool was a barrier to landing the gig. Such knowledge is always considered "nice to have" as even if you know the tool, the organization's specific configuration or practices will be different than what you've experienced before.

PMI does not advocate any specific tools or products as there is no "one size fits all" PM tool other than a pencil...

Kiron
I strongly second Kiron, and any PM can adapt to the existing tool, end of the day they all have the same principle.
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The greatest tool is the vision in your brain on how to run a project.

The tools which I will refer to as PM software are nice to have. A simple whiteboard or excel spreadsheet are low budget tools that can get the job done too.

The real tool is your brain. Whatever PM software is being used should not be a problem. You should have the aptitude to learn it fast.
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1 reply by Atif Qureshi
Nov 26, 2018 1:02 AM
Atif Qureshi
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Thanks. You are right. Nothing can compensate your personal analytical skills.
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May 17, 2018 3:58 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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A pencil is a tool. So, I guess that you are talking about software tools. It is a must when you go for a job. My recommendation is searching into the internet for project manager positions and look what they are requesting and knowledge about using software tools.
Thanks Sergio. I am already doing the same.
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May 18, 2018 12:53 PM
Replying to Margaret Love
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A large part of the PMBOK Guide is devoted to the tools of project management. There are MANY MANY of them. I don't know of any PM who uses all of them but professional PM's should have at least have heard of them and know what they are for. It would be an interesting study to see which ones are most commonly used so that we could answer your question with some statistics.
(By the way, the PMBOK tools are more like "pencil" and less like different software packages. If your talking about software, I agree with Sergio's suggestion - go see what's needed in PM job descriptions.)
Thanks Margaret :)
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May 18, 2018 11:25 PM
Replying to Drake Settsu
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The greatest tool is the vision in your brain on how to run a project.

The tools which I will refer to as PM software are nice to have. A simple whiteboard or excel spreadsheet are low budget tools that can get the job done too.

The real tool is your brain. Whatever PM software is being used should not be a problem. You should have the aptitude to learn it fast.
Thanks. You are right. Nothing can compensate your personal analytical skills.

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