Project Management Institute

Vendor/user dialog

PMI '86 at Montreal

One of the panel discussions at PMI's 1986 Seminars & Symposium featured a discussion between five individuals representing either software manufacturers or project-oriented organizations. This article outlines their views. It explores the relevance of the available software packages to the functions performed by project managers while they are managing projects, functions such as scheduling, estimating, planning, monitoring, and controlling projects. It also examines such issues as the performance and features of software products and the ways that users implement these capabilities. It describes the activities that project managers typically perform during a project and the ways these professionals use software while managing projects; it explains the project management functions that many software packages can and cannot accommodate.
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