Do the features support the functions?
Although dozens of project management software tools are on the market, not all of them truly support the functions desired by project managers. The article examines the results of a mail survey sent to over 1,000 project managers randomly selected from PMI's membership, of which 12.1 percent responded. Tables are presented displaying the results, and showing that the most popular software tools are not necessarily those which support project management functions, nor those which were judged most satisfactory by the survey respondents.For instance, although Microsoft's Project was the tool most often mentioned, it was only ranked sixth (out of ten) in functionality, and ninth in satisfaction. The survey highlights the need to look closely at these tools to see if they are truly supportive of the functions desired by project managers.