Project Management Institute

PM and the computer

the year 2001

Because computers are tools helping people to better communicate, these products will help project managers--once software manufacturers develop products that match the needs of project managers--to more effectively and efficiently communicate with their project's stakeholders. This article predicts how computers will evolve during the last decade of the 20th century and the capabilities that standard 21st century computers will offer to project managers. In doing so, it identifies the four concepts that the authors believe will play a key role in developing future software products, concepts that include work breakdown structure (WBS), information sharing (INSH), project management database (PMD), and project management computer language (PML). It also lists five planning and scheduling functions that could benefit from improved software capabilities and identifies the information contained within the five types of data comprising a PMD.
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