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JonMQuigley
11-18-2019, 12:27 AM
I have used a range of tools, the key is to select the correct tool for the situation. It is also important to note, the tool will not save you and your project. Tools can be helpful, or they may give a false sense of security through belief in the tool. Additionally, the tool is only as good as what is put into it, and the monitoring and updating required for the project.

For decomposition of the project, building the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) the WBS Planner tool (http://wbsplanner.com/) is helpful including templates from which you can work if you have not decomposed a similar type of project. This decomposition helps in estimating (cost and duration) and ultimately will help understanding the dependencies between tasks.

When it comes to building the time plan either via PERT or GANTT, MS project has a great many features, but often this tool has many more features than required for the project, and it can be expensive. GanttProject (http://www.ganttproject.biz/ )is a free tool for creating Gantt charts of the project, and is quick and easy to use. It has limitations but for a co-located or predominantly co-located team, the feature content is sufficient for conventionally conducted projects (not agile). The tool demonstrates the task dependencies as well as responsibility for the task, both of which, experience suggests to be significant source of the failure modes for conventionally conducted projects. The same can be said of the MavenLink tool (https://start.mavenlink.com/project-management-tools/?utm_medium=marketplaces&utm_content=Visit+Website&utm_campaign=Project+Management&utm_source=capterra) along with the Wrike tool ( http://try.wrike.com/project-management-capterra/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=project&utm_content=listing&utm_source=capterra )

For agile applications, Jira or Kanban boards (either virtually or physically via whiteboards) are sufficient.