Project Managers Sharing Tools with Peers

Patrick Avery

In an interview with IT Business Edge editor Ann All, Computer Economics' president Frank Scavo said the number of IT project managers is on the rise. Scavo said his company's research indicated that since 2006, there was a 10 percent increase in project manager hiring relative to other IT positions over the same period of time.

We think that reflects increasing demand for higher-level skills in the IT organization that we've been seeing for the last 10 or 15 years. Work in IT is migrating to the higher-level positions such as project management, business analysis, systems analysis. That has been at the expense of what I call blue-collar IT positions. Those are the ones that are often either outsourced or automated, help desk, technical support. You can leverage tools and systems and tools to automate them, and make those job functions more efficient. You can't automate project management.

While you might not be able to automate project management, there are some tools to help the process. Michael Taylor, a project manager with more than 30 years of experience, recently uploaded his Project Management Toolkit to the Knowledge Network.


The Knowledge Network also has two other project related tools that are helpful for those submitting project proposals and keeping track of the projects.



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Apr 20, 2009 4:53 AM Doug Mallory Doug Mallory  says: in response to Daria Petrova

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Apr 20, 2009 5:53 AM Daria Petrova Daria Petrova  says:

I wonder if there're any sited where PMs share what pm systems they use. I realise that there are many software tools, both desktop and web-based, and each of them might be a good solution for a particular type of project. I'm new to pm and I'm now trying to choose between, Basecamp and LiquidPlanner. I guess, I should go for wrike as it's integrated with email. Yet, I'd love to know other PMs' opinions.

Apr 22, 2009 7:10 AM rosa vargas rosa vargas  says:

Microsoft Office Project 2007 is a great tool as well. The Visual Reports feature leverages charts and diagrams by using Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office Visio Professional to produce charts, graphs, and diagrams based on Office Project data.

Apr 23, 2009 4:21 AM Surender Zakkam Surender Zakkam  says: in response to Daria Petrova


We have inhouse grown tool called PPM Studio (Project & Portfolio Management Tool) which might help you in Project Management. If you would like to know more information about our product please send me an email to So that I can help you in regards to selection of Project Management tool.


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