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For the past few days, I have been comparing different types of Project Management Softwares, which brings me to these questions. Is the project management software to be used for a particular project, selected based on the project requirements or activities? For some organization, are they developed in-house? Or, is it the Project Manager responsibility to fit all of the project requirements or activities into a standard software such as MS Project, Excel or Access, regardless of the project type or size? Which method is best to exploit in your project environment? If you are a Project Management Practitioner, can you please weigh in and share with me some of your experiences.
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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.
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At our company we use Entry's TeamHeadquarters as PPM tool. It can accommodate 90% of what you need for your project management needs.
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I forgot to mention that it also integrate a time sheet and ticketing systems.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Sep 07, 2017 8:52 PM
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Vartika, thanks for the suggest. I checked it out and it seems like a great tool as well. It have great features to make the project more socially collaborative among team members and customers. The fact that every participants of the project is aware of what is going in the project, it's great, because everyone can align their tasks or activities with the project goals to be met. One feature that got my attention is the pre-define templates. Developing project templates takes time and effort, the opportunity to have pre-define templates saves time, cost and enhance successful delivery.

Thank you!
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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.
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Sep 07, 2017 8:31 PM
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Gavin, I think you struck a point. Choosing the right platform is very important. I can imagine, the last thing a PM wants to encounter is get to a critical stage in a project and communicating project details becomes a hassle, or creating the right reports, or maybe updating plans or changes. So having the right platform that would accomdates the project activities from through out the project life cycle is very important. However, whose responsibility it is to select the platform, the project manager, sponsor or stakeholder? And would it be done before or after the charter?

Thank you very much for you input.
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Aug 29, 2017 10:29 AM
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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.
Gavin, I think you struck a point. Choosing the right platform is very important. I can imagine, the last thing a PM wants to encounter is get to a critical stage in a project and communicating project details becomes a hassle, or creating the right reports, or maybe updating plans or changes. So having the right platform that would accomdates the project activities from through out the project life cycle is very important. However, whose responsibility it is to select the platform, the project manager, sponsor or stakeholder? And would it be done before or after the charter?

Thank you very much for you input.
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Aug 29, 2017 7:10 AM
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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.
Vartika, thanks for the suggest. I checked it out and it seems like a great tool as well. It have great features to make the project more socially collaborative among team members and customers. The fact that every participants of the project is aware of what is going in the project, it's great, because everyone can align their tasks or activities with the project goals to be met. One feature that got my attention is the pre-define templates. Developing project templates takes time and effort, the opportunity to have pre-define templates saves time, cost and enhance successful delivery.

Thank you!
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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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