Discover the different types of software you might use to manage projects.
- [Voiceover] Software available on the market can make your job as Project Manager a little easier. Let's talk about types of software and how you can put it to use managing projects. Scheduling software comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. With the simplest projects, some people use a spreadsheet to map out who works on what, day by day. However, for most projects, the best known project management programs are Project and Oracle Primavera.
Both of these programs come with a ton of features for setting up and managing a project schedule. When you think about all the documents you produced during the life of a project, you quickly realize that a word processing program is an essential part of your project management software. Although every project is unique, project documents are laid out similarly from project to project. You can build document templates so you don't have to start from scratch every time.
A spreadsheet program is another must have for all kinds of calculations and analysis. For example, you can put together a spreadsheet to analyze the risks your project faces and figure out which ones you should keep an eye on. A presentation program like PowerPoint is useful for communicating project information at a high level. Or when you want to include information from a variety of other types of documents. Because a team of people work on a project you need some kind of tool for collaborating with others.
Basecamp and Microsoft SharePoint are just two of the web-oriented collaboration tools you can use to share files with others, keep track of issues, or even manage a workflow. If you work on very large projects, or in an organization that runs dozens or even hundreds of different projects at the same time, then you should considered enterprise project management software. Enterprise level software provides tools that allow you to find resources with the skills you need and see which resources are available when you need them.
It helps you track risks, issues, and other information. And even build document libraries so team members can easily find information they need. We've only briefly touched upon some of the software options available. If you're researching software to use, consider the following in your decisions: your organization's culture and work environment, cost, the number of projects you manage and their complexity.
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
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4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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