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Consider the most complex type of project you might possibly perform, and buy software that accommodates it.
That said, I can't imagine any project activities that can't be accommodated by standard software such as MS Project or Primavera. Most project management software is marketed as being easier than MS Project, which they claim is too complicated. Software such as Jira might be preferable to MS Project if you're doing software projects with Agile teams, but otherwise MS Project should meet all your other project management needs.
At our company we use Entry's TeamHeadquarters as PPM tool. It can accommodate 90% of what you need for your project management needs.
I forgot to mention that it also integrate a time sheet and ticketing systems.
What kind of projects are they? I've really liked Jira for agile development. Microsoft Project and Project Portfolio Management have been useful for waterfall and hybrid projects.
Thanks to you all for your insight, it's a good thing to learn from the masters. Of all project management software, I am much familiar with MS Project. I have used it through out my undergrad and graduate school for course projects and even other work for families and friends.
My curiosity is based on what I need to know as a new project management practitioner to be more marketable in the job field. Some companies who do projects may be accustomed to a particular software and would demand candidates to have knowledge or experience with that software. I love Gantt Chart, its standard and can also be integrated with other MS Appications which is good for reporting and documenting as well. However, if I would select another software to work with, It will be Smart Sheet, simply because of the animation features. I think it will make working on a projects more fun.
Please correct me if I am wrong!
For project management, you can also try ProofHub. It is has all the required features to plan, organize, collaborate and deliver projects on time. It offers a one place for your projects, teams & clients:
It also helps in:
Bring down the project delivery time.
Get better control over projects & team communications.
Make teams more accountable.
Achieve better work satisfaction.
Interesting topic. Could we agree that projects which remain within the organization, meaning fewer external stakeholders or collaborators, there are many platforms that will suffice. However, projects producing a deliverable with frequent interaction with external stakeholders may require a different platform. Our PMO focuses on capital developments within the construction industry. Therefore we needed a platform that will provide the necessary level of stakeholder collaboration tools detailed tracking of internal / external exchanges with various permission levels using both desktop and mobile applications. We use PROCORE coupled with both Primavera and Microsoft Project incorporated within the platform; yet managed externally. My advice is to utilize a platform that will serve all your needs from initiation to close-out.
Thank you very much for you input.
1 - Project Manager
2 - A PM could certainly choose a platform while developing the charter; I probably would not, but the sooner the better. As you know, typically stakeholders are regionally / globally dispersed and you may need their specific input while developing the project management plan. Collaboration is important while analyzing stakeholders requirements scope, communications, and risk. During this collaborative process is optimal towards committing to a platform which will become part of your project management plan. We're supposed to be experts at change management right? If situations change, adapt and overcome!
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