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09.19.05


Not All Project Management Software Is Created Equal

By Rick Hendershot

The purpose of Project Management Software is to provide an environment in which a group of people can work together on joint projects. Most projects involve the development and implementation of new ideas, and these ideas have to be presented, evaluated, and revised.

The role of Project Management Software is to help this collaborative effort along. Collaboration happens at various levels and it is up to the Project Management Software to facilitate all these levels.

A typical Project Management scenario

Consider a creative agency developing a marketing campaign for one of its major clients. The project team includes a number of individuals within the agency -- the creative director, the copywriter, the illustrator, the graphic designer, etc. But it also includes personnel on the client's staff: the product manager, the advertising manager, even the general manager if it is an important enough project.

And the team will usually include outside agents who have been hired specifically to deliver some component of the project: illustrators, photographers, voice over specialists, audio and video studio personnel...the list goes on.

All of these people have to be kept in the loop as the project proceeds.

Traditionally, coordination of this sort was done by the project manager. But Project Management Software puts this job into the hands of individual team members. If it is working correctly, it gives each member of the team an accurate picture of how the project stands at any given moment.

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Once a team member becomes familiar with the Project Management System, there is no reason not to be fully aware of developments, timelines and delivery dates, to submit assignments for approval in a timely manner, and to make revisions as they are necessary.

What to Look for in your Project Management Software

Usability - Perhaps the most important feature a useful Project Management System must have is ease of use. If using the software takes more time and effort than it is worth, team members will quickly stop using it...

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About the Author:
Rick Hendershot is a writer, online publisher, and creator of the Linknet Publishing Network. To learn how you can promote your product or service with online articles, visit the Linknet Network

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