Features of Project Management Software

The common features of project management software are:

 

Data entry features

This feature used to manage the following things

  • Project data and calendar
  • Human resources
  • Human resources available
  • Cost of materials
  • Activity identifier
  • Activity description
  • Precedence relationship
  • Data entry error

 

Graphics

One of the important features of PM software is its ability to generate a variety of charts including network diagram, activity-linked Gantt chart, and Gantt chart quickly.

 

Time analysis

PM packages carry out time analysis which includes calculation of early start, early finish, late start, and late finish; free slack and total slack with ease.

 

Resources scheduling

Using PMS we can able to avoid Resources scheduling problems. Resources scheduling problems are of two types:

  • Resource leveling where unlimited and flexible resources are available.
  • Resource allocation problem where resources are limited.

 

Output reports

Most PM software packages have extensive report generation capabilities. They can generate a range of reports in various forms (graphical, tabular, or textual).

 

Cost related report

– Budgeted vs. actual cost (daily and cumulative)
– Resources utilisation report

 

Progress report

Overall project, milestone chart, critical path chart showing responsibility of department/function to carry out particular activities

 

Updating

Updating is the process of producing a fresh set of schedule

 

Import/exporting

The process of bringing information into the PM software from other application such as word processing, spread sheet, etc is called importing.

 

Project monitoring and tracking

Tracking the progress about schedule and cost is an important aspect of project management.

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