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Project Management Tools

Tools - Functional

Deliverables are the products of either the project or the project management. Therefore we distinguish: project deliverables and project management deliverables.

Project deliverables are the result of the project; the objectives of the project or the products that need to be created as a result of the project.

Project management deliverables are the documents, calculations, plans, reports, etc that are generated when managing the project.

Depending on the applied methodology in an organization, different terms are used, but in the end the same minimal set of deliverables is necessary to manage a project well.

Organisations with many projects generally have access to a series of models of these documents, sheets, plans etc. These models allow project managers to work according to the company’s standards and facilitate uniform reporting.

Tools - Technical

The most commonly used tools are: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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In many companies Excel is still the number one tool for planning and follow up on planning. The intuitive character and the strong graphical capabilities of Excel allow to use it as a planning board.

Other organizations work with MS Project as a planning tool. Here again the powerful graphical possibilities are one of the most important reasons why project managers start working with it.

But besides the graphical aspects, MS Project possesses an extensive series of other functionalities that allow to combine activities and resources in one planning and look at this information from different angles. However behind all this lie algorithms that are not always visible and often complex and less intuitive.

Therefore the learning curve of MS Project is much higher than Excel. In particular since most people have been working with Excel for decades.

 

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