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Tools used by a Project Manager

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When someone says "project management tool" the first thing that comes to mind is Microsoft Project. Microsoft Project is just one of the many tools available to and required by project managers. Your role as project manager requires you to use a variety of tools to help complete the project management process.

The Marketing Manager has asked you to research and write about the various tools that are available to the project manager. Using the Library, the Internet, the text book and PMBOK, and any other materials locate and read articles on other project management tools. Describe the basic tools used by a project manager and relate these tools to applications such as Excel, MS project and other packages that are used to automate the project management processes.

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The best project management tools are not very sophisticated. Which tool or tools you use depends on which stage of the project life-cycle you are in. Milestone reviews and business plans will always take a leading role when in the planning stages. The most common project management tools used throughout the project life-cycle are:

? Business Plan - high level plan that allows the project manager and core team make intelligent and educated day-to-day decisions by helping organize and put in place a series of resources commensurate with the objective to be achieved. The business plan is not just a plan to raise financial capital for the project.
? Milestones Check-list Scheduling Tools and Methodologies: Gantt, Pert, MS Project. Milestones are important deadlines inside of the project for specific ...

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The best project management tools are not very sophisticated. Which tool or tools you use depends on which stage of the project life-cycle you are in. Milestone reviews and business plans will always take a leading role when in the planning stages. The most common project management tools used throughout the project life-cycle are:
? Business Plan - high level plan that allows the project manager and core team make intelligent and educated day-to-day decisions by helping organize and put in place a series of resources commensurate with the objective to be achieved. The business plan is not just a plan to raise financial capital for the project.
? Milestones Check-list Scheduling Tools and Methodologies: Gantt, Pert, MS Project. Milestones are important deadlines inside of the project for specific tasks.

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