10 Hot Google Apps for Project Management
Starting off this week in a "project management state of mind," I've rounded up several of the Knowledge Network's most popular templates, flow charts and book excerpts. These resources, contributed by project management experts, can give you the tools you need to run a successful project from beginning to end:
- IT Business Edge's Project Proposal Template - This simple, three-page template covers the basics of top-level project justification. For larger projects, it should be accompanied or followed by more intensive financial projections, but for smaller projects, these key points will prepare a prioritization committee or group of managers to OK a proposed project for formal business requirements and functional specs.
- Detailed Project Planning Flow Chart - Use this flowchart to help plan for and track major milestones in your project, whatever your role. This chart, developed by Michael Taylor, a project manager with more than 30 years of experience, provides at-a-glance workflow information to project stakeholders, from subcontractors to project managers.
- Capacity Planning Worksheet for Multiple Projects - Geoff Crane of Papercut Edge and Papercut Project Monitoring created the attached spreadsheet to help IT managers avoid maxing out project resources, which can result in costly overtime.
- Project Knowledge Area Self-Assessment - The spreadsheet helps project managers capture these details to "quickly identify any knowledge gaps or single points of failure."
- Project Risk Plan - This risk plan template outlines the foreseeable project risks and provides a set of actions to be taken to both prevent the risk from occurring and reduce the impact of the risk should it materialize.
- 'A Beginner's Guide to Project Management' Excerpt - In this excerpt, project manager Gregory Horine clarifies what "controlling" a project" really means, emphasizes the key principles of a project control system, highlights the impact that project planning has on this effort, reviews powerful techniques that should always be considered, and discusses how to avoid the common challenges faced by most project managers.
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