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Sounds interesting. Do you plan to share this with this community or are you working on commercializing it?
The selection of PM software tool will depend entirely on complexity of the project, size, no. of activities, project charter, interface etc. Using a fit-for-purpose toll is the key to optimize cost. If a project is very simple no software may be needed whereas if the project is complex and contains large number of activities, Primavera could be the right choice.
Excel is by far the tool I've seen used the most, for both small and larger projects, and I don't think it's a bad tool. There are a lot of templates and even some for Agile. Our organization also has us using Clarity to enter project tasks and assign to resources where the staff enter their actual time and we track estimates vs actual, but the version we are on is old. The organization is migrating to Team Foundation Server to replace Clarity with a link to Microsoft Project Server within the year.
There are various ways in which this tool can be setup (from basic to advance - depending on the reporting requirements). I would be glad to share with this community the basic one.
You brought a good point. It all depends on the complexity of the project. Believe it or not, I have seen many PMs using expensive software to track very simple projects which from the cost effective point of view make no sense. So, in mind opinion this is where this tool might be able to streamline reporting and bring some cost savings.
Thanks for you post.
Thanks for sharing. I also have learned that regardless of the complexity of the Project, it also has to do with what are those reporting points that matters to the Stakeholders. So, the software could allows you to reporting on 20 different things, but if the stakeholders just care about 5 things, maybe it is not worth to invest in expensive software.
Thanks for sharing !!
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