Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Project KickStart Gives Your
Project a Head Start
Project KickStart from Experience In Software (www.experienceware.com)
is a simple-to-use program with a wizard-like approach that helps you lay the
groundwork for small to midsize projects. If you need a little help getting
started with a project, you can create your plan here in 30 minutes or less,
and then use the hot link to port information to Microsoft Project.
Project KickStart is designed to help you figure out your project strategy as
you come up with a list of tasks. Planning icons remind you to map out the
goals of your project and plan for obstacles. Libraries of typical goals and
challenges make building them into your plan simple, and you can add your
own specific company or industry phrases to the libraries. Links to Outlook,
Word, and Excel also offer you some flexibility in sharing information among
the Office family of products, which includes Project. Check out the free trial
download and online demo to get an idea of what Project KickStart can do for
Project Manager’s Assistant Organizes
Drawings for Construction Projects
Originally created for the construction industry, Project Manager’s Assistant,
CS Project Lite, and CS Project Professional from Crest Software (www.
crestsoft.com) are useful for any industry that uses a lot of drawings.
Essentially, these are database products that help you track drawings, issue
copies, develop production plans, and manage changes over the life of
the project. Although the product doesn’t integrate directly to Project, it’s
an additional software product that might prove useful to many project
managers — and it does integrate to any ODBC (open database connectivity)
Graphic designers and new product designers who generate drawings can
catalog them here. If you manage scientific or engineering projects, you might
also find this software useful for managing schematics or diagrams. By
placing links to this database in your Project plan, you can make this information
available to your project team.