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Have I Got A Project For You

Is Microsoft Office Project 2003 up to the challenge of my projects? I took it for a ride to find out.

Project management is complicated, time consuming and ultimately directly results in the bottom line. Project managers make big money in many industries, because it is their skill sets that make or break the project, from both the dollar side and the roll-out or completion of the project.

So, my project was to take Microsoft Office Project 2003 for a ride. I wanted to see if Project could manage my meager projects.

First, let's take a look at what I look for in project management software. Besides the obligatory Gantt Charts and Resource Charts, I want software that's easy to use. I want to be able to take my resources, be they a hammer, a conference room or a person and divvy up their days by the minute. I want software that is intuitive.

I want software that will save me time, which is money. I want software that will be easy to use (do you see a developmental thread starting to be woven?).

I want interoperability with my databases. I don't want 4,000 screens and pop-ups. I want easy to read, short, to the point prompts. I want to spend my time managing my project, my managing my project management software.

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