APM has organised reviews of the latest project management tools. The reviews are based on feedback from practising project professionals, both APM members and non-members. The review is intended to provide an independent overview of the product, including the main benefits as well as any potential drawbacks. The views expressed in the review are not necessarily those of APM.
NEC3 contracts are a diverse range of definitive end-to-end project management contracts that empower users to deliver projects on time, on budget and to the highest standards.
The first contract was published in 1993 and was pioneered by Dr Martin Barnes CBE, founding member of APM, honorary fellow and past chairman.
NEC contracts combine project management, contracting and procurement in one best practice process, and have been used to successfully deliver some of the highest profile projects in the world, including the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail.
Microsoft Project Online
Project Online is a collaborative tool that allows portfolio managers a high level view of financial and resource management measures, and project managers access to standard project and programme management (PPM) methodology. The latest addition to Microsoft’s Office 365 software suite, it is easily accessible and available as a cloud-based or on premise software solution. It is suitable for small or large organisations that use multiple PPM tools but want to achieve a more cost effective, unified solution.
With more than 1.1 million registered users in more than 177,000 projects, Projectplace by Planview is a popular all-in-one cloud project management tool used by project professionals to execute projects and manage teams.
The tool aims to help project managers collaborate, organise, visualise and keep track of projects. Allowing users to share their work and their documents fosters collaboration among teams, ensuring that the latest documents are used and avoiding version conflicts.
The software is available to use on mobile devices, also, which allows users to work and stay up to date while on-the-go.
Workfront is a collaborative tool that helps to simplify project and portfolio management. It is claimed to ‘solve the failures of traditional project management software’. Using a cloud-based system for easy access in the office or on the go, it offers a centralised solution, which unifies all work processes, data and communication on a single system.
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Agile refuses to analyse requirements beforehand – and thus declines to provide an initial certainty. This will probably always scare any stakeholder trying to understand whether or not they can show results to the board with the budget that they are granted.
You have a choice. You can either muddle on, stand firm and fix it – or look elsewhere.