Trends in PM Software Tools
• orchestrating ITIL process inputs and outputs
• dynamic resource allocation, load balancing
• linking IT services to business requirements, business impact analysis
• dynamic thresholding, heuristic monitoring
Outlook. It can easily be argued that MS Outlook is the most commonly used project management software in existence today. Why? Because 90% of a project managers job is communication. And 2nd only to verbal communication, e-mail communication is the mode.
Excel. Visit this link to see a group of project management planning tools are done in Excel.
Visio. Often a tool for making Gantt charts and network diagrams, Visio is a wonderful flow-charting application. Visio takes a little time to learn, and its primary purpose was not project management. Yet it is an absolutely great tool – and just as powerful as many of the software applications that were created specifically for project management.
Here is a direct quote from one of our students:
“I’ve been obsessively laying out my project plan for next year and updating my network diagram. I even created a Gantt chart. This is incredibly helpful! I saw that I need to crunch my network diagram in order to hit specific dates when I can and can’t do things. I really love Visio, although I am still a novice. One thing that really came to light for me this weekend was that all of these tools really help ensure buy in and success. If I post the Gantt chart for my team to see for next year, it will help build teamwork and buy in to ensure we are all focused on getting this project done. I know communication and teamwork are only part of PM but for me this is so critical. It was like a light bulb went off! I am very excited to share this with my supervisors as we begin working on some larger projects in our library this fall. I anticipate I will be working more with Visio.”
– Certificate in Project Management student with Successful Projects
Word. The common choice for developing project plans, use cases, requirements gathering, and other written plans.
PowerPoint. The common choice for presenting information at stakeholder and team meetings.