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Project Manager : Project Manager Apr May 2013
38 Project Manager REVIEW Tools of the trade Project Manager magazine will be profiling 'Tools of the Trade' for project managers interested in practical PM applications. This section is the first edition in a continuing series that will profile useful tools, and further PM tools will be profiled in upcoming editions. NONE OF THE TOOLS FEATURED ARE ENDORSED BY AIPM. It syncs with Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and improves on TFS's tracking, planning and collaboration capabilities. Main benefits include the ability to gather feedback from stakeholders before a TFS Project has been created, track team progress and compare actual progress to planned, create all the reports you would reasonably expect to, manage team and personal tasks, and use Kanban or Scrum to manage workflow efficiently through the storyboards and taskboards. Of course, it includes Gantt charting, with a summary of iteration schedules and the ability to update launch dates of different iterations. The early feedback function improves requirements management. Team members are then prompted to describe end users and their needs, and can keep in touch with updates that address these needs. Bug management is streamlined, with simple tracking prioritising, assignment and fixing, while Agile best practice is encouraged, with stories assessed against customisable maturity parameters. Portfolio managers will benefit from the multi-project tracking, with the status of multiple projects and team-members visible on the one screen, and the simple time-tracking for their teams. W: www.telerik.com • •• Microsoft Project Professional 2013 The main selling points of Microsoft's latest iteration of Project Professional are its capabilities for collaboration between team-members and, of course, its integration with other Microsoft programs. It works with Lync 2013 so that you can call or instant message team members and, if you are using SharePoint or Office365, you can take it onsite; alongside the ability to run a project in the cloud, one glaring absence is a mobile app. It offers the familiarity of the Microsoft Office environment, Gantt charts with critical path highlighting, prepared report templates and the option to create custom reports with simplified report creation, and the ability to copy information and reports across Office applications. New users will most likely be satisfied, but wish for a guide to creating custom project templates. Upgrading offers long- time Microsoft Project Professional users better collaboration, integration, portability and the ability to schedule projects up to 2149, rather than 2049. W: www.office.microsoft.com TeamPulse by Telerik TeamPulse is an Agile tool aimed at software development projects, and o ers to bring disparate team members into the one space where they can track the team's progress against their launch goals. BUG MANAGEMENT IS STREAMLINED, WITH SIMPLE TRACKING PRIORITISING, ASSIGNMENT AND FIXING, WHILE AGILE BEST PRACTICE IS ENCOURAGED, WITH STORIES ASSESSED AGAINST CUSTOMISABLE MATURITY PARAMETERS
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