10 Free Tools For Effective Project Management Don't Forget to participate in a contest where you can win an amazing e-Commerce template from TemplateMonster. Project management is the process by which projects are defined, planned, monitored, controlled and delivered such that the agreed benefits are realised. Projects are unique, transient endeavours undertaken to achieve a desired outcome. Projects bring about change and project management is recognised as the most efficient way of managing such change.
The Hidden Costs and Dangers of the Shortcut 5 Feb2009 We live in a world where we are often pressured to take shortcuts to save time and cut costs as much as possible. However, if you're not a skilled and experienced project manager, the wrong shortcut could end up costing you a lot more. Here's an anecdote to think about. Let's say you are running a project, and the goal is to upgrade a road to a remote property. Project and Portfolio Management Your organization needs to preserve its competitive advantage, do more with less budget and staff, and cut costs at every opportunity. The “status quo” is not an option. Organizations in every industry simply need to work smarter and innovate faster. To go beyond survival and actually thrive in these economic times, you need CA PPM. CA PPM will help you understand your investments and resources, and optimize operations and performance.
Open Source Project and Task Management Software Jan 08, 2004 - 10:38 AM :: Admin :: 3970803 Reads :: Thank you for your interest in our web-based project management tool. dotProject is built using free open-source applications and is produced and maintained by a small, but dedicated group of volunteers. dotProject is programmed in PHP, and utilises MySQL for a backend database (although other databases such as Postgres could also be used).
Delivering large-scale IT projects on time, on budget, and on value As IT systems become an important competitive element in many industries, technology projects are getting larger, touching more parts of the organization, and posing a risk to the company if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, things often do go wrong. Our research, conducted in collaboration with the University of Oxford, suggests that half of all large IT projects—defined as those with initial price tags exceeding $15 million—massively blow their budgets. On average, large IT projects run 45 percent over budget and 7 percent over time, while delivering 56 percent less value than predicted. Software projects run the highest risk of cost and schedule overruns (Exhibit 1). These findings—consistent across industries—emerged from research recently conducted on more than 5,400 IT projects by McKinsey and the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at the University of Oxford.
Plans within plans: master projects and subprojects - Project Projects can get of hand quickly. Before you know it, a simple building project becomes a collage of smaller projects, such as design, excavation, foundation work, and marketing. You can have more control over your project by creating smaller projects in Microsoft Office Project 2007 and then linking them into a single file to show where they fit in your master project. In this article Overview of master projects
Rally Community Edition Move beyond spreadsheets and sticky notes and start using Rally’s free Agile project management online platform. Just sign up and get started in minutes! Tracks your iterations, stories and defects Teaches and reinforces Agile concepts Personalize your dashboard Add panels to track status, update tasks and work with your team. Customize up to two dashboards, set up notifications, and receive messages through Rally, email or your RSS reader. Manufacturer sues IBM over SAP project 'disaster' IBM has been slapped with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by chemical products manufacturer Avantor Performance Materials, which alleges that IBM lied about the suitability of an SAP-based software package it sells in order to win Avantor's business. In 2010, Avantor decided to upgrade its ERP (enterprise resource planning) platform to SAP software, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. "Seizing upon Avantor's decision -- and fully aware that, given the competitive pressures of Avantor's industry, and the specialized demands of its customers, Avantor could not tolerate any disruptions in customer service -- IBM represented that IBM's 'Express Life Sciences Solution' ... was uniquely suited to Avantor's business," the lawsuit states.
OpenProj Open Source Project Management Software OpenProj is a free and powerful open source desktop alternative to Microsoft Project. Serena released OpenProj in 2008 as an open source code project. OpenProj is no longer supported by Serena. Please visit the SourceForge website to find out more. OpenProj provides project managers the rich functionality they expect, including Gantt charts, WBS and more - minus the costs of commercial desktop tools.