This post was originally posted by Christian Willoch in his blog CIO Speaker’s Corner. It’s been translated from Norwegian.
- Microsoft Excel – with templates based on Goal Based Project Management developed by Erling Andersen and Kristoffer Grude. The so-called PSO model has it’s advantages, but Excel is not optimal as a collaboration tool.
- Goal Director from GDPM Systems – their own application for Goal Based Project Management. Seems a bit unfinished.
- Microsoft Project – Mega system, incredibly rich on functionality, but for me it’s like a “shooting a sparrow with a canon”-application compared to the size of projects I’m currently involved in.
- MindManager, with JVCGantt – I’m a MindMap fanatic, but I’m really not really comfortable using it for Project Management.
All the above software and solutions are functional but what I really needed was something with adequate functionality that in addition would increase the understanding of project methodology.
Good process support for collecting time and status reports from all the involved resources
- Automatic reports to all project participants
- Simple version management for documents
- Process support for document comments
- Good user interface
- Sufficient functionality. Keep it simple.
Of course there are some things I miss which are available in full scale project management tools.