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Project Management Tools

The huge variety of project management tools on the market can make tool selection overwhelming. If you've got the itch to try a new PM tool, the advice in these pages can help you get the most out of it, and keep you from getting in your own way. For more on implementing new Project Management processes or tools, see our Head of PMO Fast Track. (Scroll down to the section on Designing Methodologies.)

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Examples of Project Management Tool Implementation
How do project managers really use project software? What does a typical implementation look like? How do you ensure you're getting what you really need? The resources here will give you some ideas.

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  • Don't Try This Alone!
    Kimberly Wiefling reviews her experiences with a few of the 21st century collaboration tools you may want to consider for your project efforts.
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  • New System Request for Proposal (RFP) Outline
    A comprehensive RFP template for new systems proposal requests, along with guidelines for RFP success and detailed annotations. Customize this template to fit your software system or co-development project and shave weeks off your RFP selection time.
Guidelines and Suggestions for Selecting and Implementing Project Management Tools
The right buy-in and training when you select and implement a new PM tool can make or break your project. Use the resources on this page to find out what's out there and how to choose the tool that's right for your group.

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  • Tools for Teams: Beyond the Email Bottleneck
    This paper by Tony Christopher proposes that the solution to typical project frustrations lies not just in the tools, but in how the organization goes about implementing them, and how seriously they take the tools management process. He outlines a five-step approach toward creating a Networked Tools System that will allow organizations to truly capitalize on networked tools, instead of ending up with a robust but unused server-based repository.
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Typical Tool Issues and Answers to Common Questions
Use your project tools -- don't let them use you.

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  • Announcing the Dumbbell Prize In Project Management
    Are you depending on your tools to manage your projects? Stamp out totoolitarianism!
  • A Fool With a Tool?
    A tool in the right hands is powerful. But if the users haven't been properly prepared, it may create more problems than it solves.
  • Do I Have To?
    For many project managers, being asked to follow a common project management approach can produce a level of opposition eerily similar to our younger years. Sinikka Waugh shares four ways to calm the crowd when introducing project management processes.
  • You Project Managers Are Tools Crazy
    Tools don't manage projects. You do.
  • Did That Process Change Work?
    So you made some changes to the way you do your projects. Did those changes make a difference? How can you know? Alan Koch provides four steps to better project processes.
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  • Getting Process Skeptical Teams to Adapt and Use PM and Development Processes
    How a company with process-skeptical team members made their project management and development process adaptable and used by all. (Really!)
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  • Project Process Philosophy Chart
    Explaining why a project process exists and why it matters can be challenging, especially in process-averse organizations. This one-page chart can help you convey why the process is important, how it helps, and how specific deliverables support these goals during each project phase.
Other Options
  • Getting Started with New PM Techniques
    A mini-course with Cinda Voegtli - $24.95 - 1.25 PDU
    You can make some fast, dramatic improvements to project processes without a huge, yearlong change initiative. This how-to course by Cinda Voegtli explains practical ways to get new and helpful project management techniques in use on new or existing projects.
  • Project Leadership and Change Management: What Really Counts
    A webinar recorded by Sinikka Waugh - $39.95 - 1.5 PDU
    Focused on time, scope, cost, and the specifics of the project itself, many project leaders forget to put the project in the context of the organization. Planning for change and transition will take the guesswork and panic out of communications down the road.



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