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Chapter 21
Ten Project Management
Software Products to Explore
In This Chapter
Looking at add-on software
Discovering software that integrates with Project-generated plans
Reviewing separate software products that help project managers with project-related
If you’ve followed this topic to this point, you’ve probably figured out by
now that project management software — just like a project manager —
wears a lot of hats. Microsoft Office Project does everything from allowing
you to create tasks and assign resources to tracking progress, analyzing cost
overruns, and analyzing scheduling conflicts. It handles graphics, complex
calculations, and interactions with the Web.
Software designers always have to make trade-offs among features, deciding
which ones to include and how much functionality to give each feature. Most
Project features do everything you need, but others are less complete. Some
features might not quite get the job done as well as a more specialized tool
that you can use in conjunction with Project. Third-party software partners
work with Microsoft to create add-on software to provide Project with greater
functionality: for example, generating a greater variety of graphic reports.
In other cases, software handles specialized functions that Project doesn’t
incorporate, such as managing the hundreds of drawings involved in
construction projects.
Consider this the when-two-heads-are-better-than-one chapter. This chapter
describes ten interesting software tools that you can use with Project. Most
of the makers of these tools offer some kind of free demo of their product on
company Web sites. Plenty of products are out there, so use this chapter as
a starting point as you consider ways to extend Project’s functionality.
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