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
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.
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.
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.
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
Overall project, milestone chart, critical path chart showing responsibility of department/function to carry out particular activities
Updating is the process of producing a fresh set of schedule
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.