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Are ProjectConnections templates copyrighted?

Yes, all ProjectConnections material is under copyright. However you are free to modify our deliverables for internal company or personal use. Our goal is just to receive fair credit for our work, and make sure that your colleagues who are exposed to our templates know where they can get more. We have no desire to claim copyright on your internal company workproduct.

Can I change ProjectConnections templates to use on my projects?

You are free to modify templates, checklists, etc. for internal company or personal use (i.e. non-commercial use). You may modify the templates as much or as little as you wish—add company logos, change headers, etc. If you have modified a document for non-commercial organizational use, attribution is requested but not required. For unmodified documents, templates, or checklists, please retain the original footer copyright. (You may remove the header.) No copyright notice is required on modified documents, and no attribution at all is required on documents that are in functional use (in other words, workproduct). Our goal is just to receive fair credit for our work, and make sure that your colleagues who are exposed to our templates know where they can get more. We have no desire to claim copyright on your internal company workproduct. In practice, this is an example of how these rules would apply:

  1. You download our Meeting Minutes Formats and circulate it, unmodified, to your team members as an example of how you would like your team minutes to look. In this case you would retain the original footer copyright information.
  2. You decide to distribute a particular one of the formats for recommended team use, after modifying it to include your company logo and a few details specific to your project. In this case you might include (perhaps in the accompanying memo or email) some notice that the format was "based on a template from ProjectConnections.com."
  3. You use this minutes format to record minutes from your next meeting, and are typing them up for distribution to the team. You would most likely want to delete any attribution reference entirely.
Note that this licence does not permit you to post ProjectConnections content on your intranet or blog, or to put our templates on a CD and sell them to someone else. If you would like permission to redistribute ProjectConnections material outside your workgroup, please email us with information about your request.

Can I post ProjectConnections templates on our company intranet?

No. Our Premium subscription license allows you to use our content on your projects, but not to post or circulate it for redistribution to your entire organization. If you would like multiple project managers in your organization to have access to ProjectConnections' resources, please purchase a corporate subscription or license.

Do you have a WBS/schedule for the project I'm working on?

Maybe! We have a collection of schedules and workbreakdowns on the site that can be modified for various kinds of projects. (There's a good list of them on our Project WBS and Schedules page.) For those projects that aren't yet represented on the site, we have occasionally had good luck locating examples elsewhere on the web. Even if we don't have the precise project model you're hoping for, we have several other resources on the site, like our Scheduling Checklist that can help you be sure you've covered all the bases, and make the process go a little faster.

Do you have a template for the deliverable I need tomorrow?

Probably! We have templates on the site for most major project deliverables. Check out our Template Index for a comprehensive look at the different deliverables templates we have available, or try the search box on our home page. If you don't see what you're looking for, email customerservice@projectconnections.com or call 888-722-5235. We'll do our best to help you find it as quickly as possible.

Can I see samples of ProjectConnections templates before I order?

There are several Guest templates available for your review throughout the site; you will generally find at least one in each of our major project phase collections. Additionally, registered Members receive access to about 30% of our template content, providing an excellent preview of the depth and breadth of our material. Our Premium materials are available only by subscription, but our free trial offer provides ample opportunity to review these materials as well. If you prefer, you can take a closer look at some of our Premium templates on our samples page. If you have any questions about our materials before subscribing, feel free to email customerservice@projectconnections.com or call 888-722-5235.

Who writes your content?

Our content comes from practicing managers and team members with experience on a variety of project types: product development, IT, marketing, biotech, aerospace, and more. We are dedicated to providing fast access to practical PM resources to our colleagues who manage projects large and small, and to those who are trying to make good project management work in their organizations.

How often do you add new content?

Generally speaking, we add new content to the site every other week, in sync with our newsletter cycle. You can sign up to receive our newsletter when you register, or here if you've already registered.

Why are so many of your deliverables templates in Word?

Our templates, checklists, and guidelines focus on the deliverables it takes to get your project work done. In some cases, of course, that is the project schedule in MS Project or a similar program, and we do have documents like that in our collection. However there are many documents and deliverables required to complete a project, not just WBS files and schedules, and for most of those it makes sense to use a word processor. Checklists and guidelines, for instance, naturally lend themselves to that format. Signoff sheets and action item lists can be done in Excel, but we've found most people just use a Word table. Still other management tools, like status reports, budget worksheets, risk assessments, or ranked project lists, make more sense in a spreadsheet, so that's what you'll find on the site. It's generally pretty easy to migrate the template from one format to the other if it makes more sense for your projects.

Why am I unable to open your .mpp files in Microsoft Project?

We keep our MPP files in legacy formats because many organizations are still running older versions of this popular software. If you are running a newer version of MS Project (2007+) and have trouble opening one of our scheduling templates, try the following steps: In MS Project, go to the Tools menu, click Options, then click Security. In the Security box, make sure that the settings allow you to open and save legacy formats. You may need to restart Project for this change to take effect.

Can you help me find a template for my project?

We'd be happy to! Most of the time we'll have what you're looking for, or a very close cousin of it, in our collection here. If we don't, though, we may be able to point you to some good references elsewhere on the web. We're always happy to address reasonable requests from our members, and would like to help you find the resources you need to get your projects done. Just email us at customerservice@projectconnections.com.

How can I submit an article, paper, or template to ProjectConnections?

ProjectConnections accepts submissions for PM articles, papers, presentations, case studies, guidelines, and favorite deliverables templates. If you have something you'd like us to consider for publication, please read our submission guidelines.










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