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Subject: Project Management Programs - Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE - A FAQ
Scot Wilcoxon, email@example.com
$Date: 1999/09/20 00:18:14 $ $Revision: 2.45 $
Frequently asked questions about project management software.
Table of Contents
1.1 What version is this FAQ ?
1.2 What is this FAQ about ?
1.3 What's new in this version ?
1.4 What newsgroups discuss PM ?
1.5 What mailing lists discuss PM ?
1.6 What WWW sites have PM information ?
1.7 What BBSes discuss PM ?
1.8 Are there any Reviews of Project Management Software ?
1.9 How can I get the latest FAQ ?
1.10 How can I contribute to the FAQ or Review file ?
2. UNIX Software
2.1 What public domain PM software is available for UNIX ?
2.2 Is there any commercial PM software around for UNIX ?
2.2.1 Aspirian 4.0
2.2.4 ACCENT GraphicVUE
2.2.5 ACCENT GraphicVUE (Personal Edition)
2.2.6 AMS REALTIME
2.2.9 PACS Project Administration and Control System
3. MS-DOS/NT Software
3.1 What MSDOS PD/Shareware project management software is available ?
3.1.1 Easy Project
3.1.5 Open Plan
3.2 What MS-DOS/NT commercial project management software is available ?
3.2.1 SLIM line
3.2.2 Texim Project
3.2.3 Milestones, Etc. for Windows (V5.0)
3.2.4 Milestones Simplicity for Windows
3.2.5 Project Commander
3.2.6 Microsoft Project for Windows
3.2.7 SuperProject / CA-SuperProject 3.0
3.2.8 Power Planner
4. Other Platforms
4.1 Is there any project management software for the Psion Organiser ?
5. Training & Miscellany
5.1 Which companies provide training in Project Management in the UK ?
5.2 Which companies provide training in Project Management in the USA ?
5.3 What do all these weird PM terms mean ?
5.4 What Books/References are available ?
5.5 What other information is available ?
5.5.2 Software Engineering Files
5.5.4 Tom Sawyer Software
5.5.5 Software Technology Support Center
5.6 What groups/organisations exist for project managers ?
6. Gosh - can there be anything else ?
6.1 Project Management Software from IKAR.
What version is this FAQ ?
Version: $Revision: 2.45 $
Last-Modified: $Date: 1999/09/20 00:18:14 $
What is this FAQ about ?
This article contains the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) often seen in various newsgroups on the net regarding project
management and project management software.
I will use the term "PM" as shorthand for project management
throughout this file.
In addition it includes some extra information (such as a glossary) to
help those new to the field to understand some of the issues
My background is in UNIX, and although I have access to PC's, I have
little or no interest in PM on PC's. Therefore I rely on others to
give me the PC/MSDOS info. This sometimes means that the PC/MSDOS
entries are sketchy. If you can fill in any of the gaps (for any
parts of this FAQ), then please do so.
The original document used UK English, now I use USA English. Some
mixtures remain. Dates are Year/Month/Day.
If you need to mail me with info/queries, please quote the version
number of this FAQ, and the site you read it on if you read it on a
WWW site. This will allow me to update WWW site maintainers with the
latest versions of this FAQ.
This FAQ is now written in SGML and uses the linuxdoc DTD. This
enables me to convert to postscript, text and html from the one
source. However, I have not finished converting the publications
stuff yet, so that is missing for the moment.
The original author was Pete Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org, until August
What's new in this version ?
PM SW FAQ home page <http://www.wilcoxon.org/projplan/> added.
First updates to WWW and Unix info done. Just started on DOS/NT
update. A few new items still in backlog.
What newsgroups discuss PM ?
I am only aware of alt.projectmng as of August 28, 1999.
What mailing lists discuss PM ?
One PM mailing list is called pmnet.
To subscribe, send mail to Majordomo@uts.edu.au. containing the
command subscribe pmnet
To unsubscribe, send mail containing the command unsubscribe pmnet
Other facilities are available - for information send it the
To Post to the list, send your message to: email@example.com
You will be sent some general information when you subscribe.
The aim of the list is to discuss project management techniques
generally, not just project management software and programes.
The ``WWW PM Forum'' has a PM Forum Mailing List
<http://www.pmforum.org/forumail.htm>. Used for announcements and
discussion about international project management. Notices and
Events are diverted to the ``WWW PM Forum''.
What WWW sites have PM information ?
The following sites have PM related info.
The WWW Project Management Forum <http://www.pmforum.org/>.
<TABLE > <TD > The WWW PM FORUM is a not-for-profit resource for
information on international project management affairs. The Forum
supports the development, international cooperation, promotion and
support of a professional and world wide PM discipline. (David H.
Curling firstname.lastname@example.org) </TD > <TD >
<A href="http://www.pmforum.org/" > <img src="worldsm.gif" > </A >
</TD > </TABLE >
Welcom Software <http://www.wst.com/>. Welcom Software, maker of
Open Plan, has a PM Library page. White papers, articles, links.
(Chris Vandersluis email@example.com, updated 99/09/05
HMS Software <http://www.hmssoftware.ca/links/pmlinks.html>, the
Canadian-based publishers of TimeControl and the Canadian
distributors of Open Plan and other Welcom Software products has a
long list of PM links.
Information included on this site includes product information on
TimeControl, white papers on a variety of generic project
management topics, client stories and course and current events
schedules for happenings at HMS. (Chris Vandersluis
Project and Program Manager's Palette <http://www.4pm.com>. Dick
Billows firstname.lastname@example.org maintains this site dedicated to project
and program management. It includes Free book chapters from some of
his books, such as
PROJECT & PROGRAM MANAGEMENT by Dick Billows
AT-HOME WORKERS: Converting in-office departments to at-home jobs by
Billows and Gooden
In addition it covers Project Management Discussion Forums, training
over the Internet, and a variety of Project Management courses. It
also has "The SAGA of the Project from Hell" - the worst project
management nightmare you've ever read about and an opportunity to add
your war stories to it (disguise the names so we don't get sued)"
Project Management Technologies, Inc. web site
<http://www.eazy.net/pmt/> Info from Wayne MacGregor, Vice
WISE: Web Integrate Software Environment
<http://research.ivv.nasa.gov/projects/WISE/> This site contains
information about WISE. According to one of the authors, it is the
first WWW based project management and metrics tool released on the
WWW. Please have a look. It can be configured to meet any
organizations software process, helps in issue tracking, dynamic
metrics, maintains change data, and accessible anywhere across the
(email@example.com Sudhakar Ramakrishnan)
ProFutura Business Management Page
Johann J Hanekom <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, who was one of the
early contributors of a vast list of PC shareware PM software, has
opened his own WWW site, which makes available some of the
applications he lists available for download.
Project Management Institute (PMI) Internet Site
<http://www.pmi.org/> (submitted by BDBG3Y0@baplaza.bell-atl.com on
Project-Manager <http://www.project-manager.com/> Industrial
project management resources. Some software descriptions.
PMI Canada <http://www.pmicanada.org/> No information. Found on
Web but no DNS on 99/09/06.
What BBSes discuss PM ?
A Project Management BBS being run by the Project Management
Institute (PMI) in the USA. The number is 414-961-7807 (8,n,1).
(from a net posting by email@example.com Paul Bergman to
news.newusers.questions on 21/October/1993)
A BBS with a project planning section in Canada: The National
Capital Freenet (Ottawa, Canada) now has a Project Management SIG.
The host is
Login as "guest",
Type "go project"
(ag384@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (William R. Watt), Mon, 24 Jan 1994 )
Thanks to Priit Parmakson firstname.lastname@example.org for picking this up.
Are there any Reviews of Project Management Software ?
There are a number of review files available.
A link will be inserted here shortly.
I need more decent reviews of software. Please contribute to the
reviews file by sending email to myself at Scot@Wilcoxon.org.
How can I get the latest FAQ ?
The latest version of the FAQ, the Review file, the book file and the
glossary are all available at http://www.wilcoxon.org/projplan/.
How can I contribute to the FAQ or Review file ?
I'm glad you asked me that!
If you have any info or opinions on the FAQ or Reviews file, I'll be
glad to add them to this file. Mail them to myself at
I can't promise to respond to all the mail I get. I will try to
acknowledge all contributions - if I forget to do this, please remind
What public domain PM software is available for UNIX ?
Mark Lacey and a tea from Michigan State University wrote a project
planning tool for their software engineering class.
It is available at
The tool supports entering and saving of task information (task name,
description, relevant dates, etc.). Project files can be loaded later
for consultation. The tool graphically generates both PERT and Gantt
charts on screen, and has an option to generate LaTeX source for Gantt
charts and task sheets.
Xplan has been tested on Sun SPARCstation IPC's, IPX's, 1's, 1+'s,
2's, and 10's. It requires the XView libraries and header files to
compile. A Sun binary is available for ftp at the above site.
Mark and his team do not intend to support xplan in future, but it
does seem as if there is sufficient here for someone to develop a
package that is less platform specific. Any offers?
**** Please Note - XPLAN needs Xview 3.0 ****
**** and Guide to compile. If you are ****
**** running Non-SUN h/w, you are probably ****
**** out of luck. WxWindows may have a ****
**** Guide-like tool of use for conversion.****
(Information provided by Leon Dent email@example.com, Dec 92.) (FTP loca
tion updated 99/09/07)
XOPPS was developed by a group at NASA/JPL, including Susan Murphy
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, who was responsible for getting
it placed on an ftp site along with Mike Tankenson <mailto:mike@jpl-
Xopps is available from ftp://devvax.jpl.nasa.gov/pub/xopps/ via
anonymous FTP. I have used the pre-built binaries on a Sun with no
problems, and although a patch <xopps-patch> allows it to run under
Linux, it appears to be unstable (99/09/08 version).
XOPPS is basically a tool which lets you draw gantt charts.
The structure of the file is available, so you could get your own
database system to print out good looking gantt charts. I had the file
structure by mail, and so will try and get this info placed on the ftp
site with the executable. However, you can always use the source!
Here is the README file which describes XOPPS.
README File for OEL Project/Planner Scheduler Program (xopps) From:
Susan Murphy, NASA/JPL, OEL, MS 301-345, 818-354-1948
The OEL Project/Planner Scheduler (xopps) program is an easy-to-use
graphics editing tool for generating milestone schedule charts. It
represents an application-specific editor with its commands and
functions tailored to plotting milestone events and activities on a
timeline display. The XOPPS graphics editor is written in C and runs
under X/Motif on a Sun Workstation.
The XOPPS program is a window-based graphics tool that provides easy
and fast on-screen WYSIWYG editing capabilities. The editing tool is
menu-driven with no need to memorize commands or functions. It has a
canvas area which displays a full image of the schedule being edited.
The canvas contains a header area (for text) and a schedule area (for
plotting graphic representations of milestone objects in a flexible
timeline). The XOPPS tool is based on an object-oriented design,
which provides objects with time attributes. The user can position
objects to pixel resolution but objects with an associated date are
positioned automatically in their correct timeline position in the
schedule area. The schedule area has horizontal lines across the page
with capabilities for multiple pages and for editing the number of
lines per page and the line grid. The text on a line can be edited and
a line can be moved with all objects on the line moving with it. The
timeline display can be edited to plot any time period in a variety of
formats (from FY to CY and from days to years). Text objects and image
(rasterfiles and icons) objects can be created for placement anywhere
on the page. Milestone event objects (with a single associated date
and optional text and milestone symbol) and activity objects (with
start and end dates and an optional completion date) have unique
editing panels for inputting data. A representation for schedule
slips is also provided.
A milestone schedule is saved to an ASCII file (*.xopps) which can be
input later into the XOPPS program for editing or printing. The
program can also print a schedule to a laser printer or a PostScript
The planning tool, xopps, is available as a complete package through
NASA COSMIC (with source code, etc). The COSMIC phone number is
706-542-3265, it is managed by The University of Georgia. This
version is being made available as a test/demonstration copy of the
executable for your use.
PM SW FAQ NOTE: COSMIC HAS NOT BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE 1998. FOR FULL
ERROR MESSAGE SEE http://www.cosmic.uga.edu/
For further information at JPL, contact: Susan Murphy 818-354-1948
<mailto:email@example.com>, Cassie Mulnix 818-354-1430
This is from an oldish README file, so some of this info may be out of
WISE: Web Integrate Software Environment!
<http://research.ivv.nasa.gov/projects/WISE/> See under ``the WISE
entry'' in the WWW section for further information.
2.2. Is there any commercial PM software around for UNIX ?
The following basic information (name of package, name and address of
supplier, platforms etc) is sometimes supplemented by information from
the manufacturer where this has been supplied. The information
supplied by the manufacturer is preceded by the phrase "From XXYYZZ"
(where XXYYZZ is the supplier) and the information supplied is in
I have had comments from folks who would like some sort of comparative
table on the features of each of these. I am not in a position to do
this - does anyone think this is absolutely necessary ? My concern is
that it will be extremely difficult to produce a comprehensive
comparative table. My immediate thought is to allow each company to
send me a file describing their product which I can make available
from a server. Let me know your thoughts on this. Pete
Anyone who wants to supplement this section, please send me your
contributions so that I can keep this file up to date. Please submit
information in the following format (I am using the Linuxdoc SGML
system to format this FAQ at present).
<sect2> Product Name
Company Name goes here.
Company address goes here.
Phone number goes here.
Fax number goes here.
Email contact address goes here.
Platforms that the software runs on.
Price - please make clear currency.
Any other information
<sect3>Date of entry.
Date entry last updated
Contributors name and email address.
If you do not want your contribution attributed to yourself, please
state this clearly in your email.
10001 N. DeAnza Blvd., Suite 300 Cupertino, CA 95014 USA
$125,000 for 100 people
Solaris Web servers
Solaris and HP-UX application servers
Uses Java on various platforms.
NT Web servers
PM SW FAQ NOTE: COSMIC HAS NOT BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE 1998. FOR
FULL ERROR MESSAGE SEE http://www.cosmic.uga.edu/
Date of entry.
Windows, Mac, Unix etc
Intra2000 is releasing a new project management application at
the JavaOne conference on April 3rd in San Francisco. Our
application is called IntraPlan and is written in Java. This PM
application will run on any computer platform, Windows, Mac,
Unix etc. as well as the WebTV and new Network Computers.
Date of entry.
25th March 1997
National Information Systems Inc
4040 Moorpark Avenue, Suite 200, San Jose, California
408-985-7100 (Voice) 800-441-5758 - Toll-Free (USA)
ACCENT GraphicVUE (Personal Edition)
National Information Systems Inc
4040 Moorpark Avenue, Suite 200, San Jose, California
408-985-7100 (Voice) 800-441-5758 - Toll-Free (USA)
ACCENT GraphicVUE is available on Sun Microsystems workstations
running SunOS 4.1.x and Solaris 1.0, Hewlett-Packard 9000 series
700 workstations running HP-UX version 8.05 or greater, the DEC
Alpha AXP running OSF/1, and Silicon Graphics workstations
running IRIX 4.0.1 or greater.
Advanced Management Solutions, Inc.
2200 West Loop South, Suite 875, Houston, TX 77027
MS-Windows, Mac, UNIX.
SAS Institute Inc.
SAS Campus Drive Cary, NC 27513-2414
Available on many platforms.
A commercial product which apparently offers a number of project
management capabilities, including:
(for scheduling activities in a project, as you'd expetc)
(for displaying the computed schedule graphically)
(for displaying the activity network graphically)
(for creating and editing project activity data)
as well as standard mathematical programming tools (linear pro
100 Crosby Drive Bedford, MA 01730
Servers on Unix and MS-Windows.
Many scheduling and management abilities within modules.
PACS Project Administration and Control System
Herkemij & Partners
P.O. Box 570 2900 AN Capelle ad IJssel Netherlands
+31 (0)10 458 08 99
+31 (0)10 450 82 33
Servers: Open VMS, HP, AIX (IBM)
User Interfaces: Motif, X-Windows, Character based, MS-Windows
PACS supports the entire project management cycle including
budgeting and provides full integration with the accounting
system of Ross Systems Inc. PACS is distributed world wide by
Ross Systems Inc. <www.rossinc.com>
Date of entry.
Date of update.
What MSDOS PD/Shareware project management software is available ?
These might be useful to you if you require a DOS package or if you
run an OS that runs a DOS emulator (eg: SoftPC from Insignia for Sun
NOTE - IF YOU CAN'T FIND THESE FILES AT THE LOCATIONS BELOW, PLEASE
USE ARCHIE TO FIND THEM ON THE NET - _DON'T_ MAIL ME ASKING WHERE THEY
ARE - IF I AM TOLD OF A NEW LOCATION I WILL UPDATE THIS FILE.
PO Box 165, Geneva, Il 60134, USA.
Compuserve: 72250, 1356
Shareware project planner. Available for ftp from
firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Phillips)
Max-Million Software Labs,
1314 Cardigan, Garland, Tx. 75040.
Compuserve 74017, 3424
Available for ftp from ftp.nic.surfnet.nl:/mirror-
P.O. Box 152 Belmont MA 02178
Shareware PM system. Available for ftp from
email@example.com (Pete Phillips)
1752 Duchess Avenue West Vancouver British Columbia V7V 1P9
Shareware: 30 day free trial, $39.98 single user.
MS-Win 95, 98, NT
Welcom Software Technology
In the UK: South Bank TechnoPark, 90 London Rd, London SE1 6LN
In the USA: 15995 N BARKERS LANDING RD, STE 275, HOUSTON TX
UK: +44 20 7401 2626 USA: (281) 558 0514
UK: +44 20 7922 8865 USA: (281) 584 7828
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (for sales) firstname.lastname@example.org (for
Only available for MS-Windows 95/98/NT.
Also have branches and distributors in France, Germany,
Australia, and South Africa; See the web site for more
The following is courtesy of Welcom:
OPEN PLAN is a project management package, which can be used "as-
is", providing the following features:
Project Executive (an interactive barcharting tool for planners)
Comprehensive Resource Scheduling
Support of ADM & PDM projects
A large number of standard reports, featuring barcharts, S-
curves, network logic diagrams, tables, WBS & OBS structure
diagrams, and many more.
Or it can be easily customised to meet extended project
management needs through the use of built-in screen editors and
report writers, or through use of an Xbase 4GL and database.
With its use of Xbase and WRL, Welcom's Reporting Language, Open
Plan is very flexible as to the methods of input and output, and
supports most output devices under DOS & Mac. On Unix and Vax,
the output devices supported are:
HPGL compatible devices
Postscript devices (including Sun Pageview preview to the
Regis graphics terminals
All platforms are capable of multi-user access with record-
locking, and all platforms require an Xbase interpreter (such as
dBase, Foxpro or similar)
Date of entry.
See "Open plan" above.
Alun Jones email@example.com
DOS & VAX
Requires Xbase RDBMS and 4GL.
Cobra is a cost and performance measurement application which
provides project or cost account managers with budget, actual
cost and project performance information. Features include the
ability to break work down into discrete time-phased work
packages against which actual costs may be collected and
Date of entry.
NETRONIC Software GmbH
What MS-DOS/NT commercial project management software is available ?
2000 Corporate Ridge Suite 900 McLean, Virginia 22102
Software project management package. (Entered 99/09/08)
See above in the UNIX section for contact info.
For MS-Windows 3.1 and Windows NT
From Welcom Software:
Texim Project provides a new way of organizing and devel
oping project plans. It offers state-of-the-art project
management capabilities that combine task, resource, and
cost information in an interactive graphical environment.
It offers many options for data entry, review and report
ing. It provides multi-project management through graph
ical WBS and OBS charts. The Time-scaled network diagram
and full risk management features help to separate Texim
Project from other PC products. Texim Project has a
seamless data exchange with Welcom Software's other pro
ject planning system, Open Plan. Texim is a stand-alone
product for Windows 3.1
NOTE - Texim is being phased out, and is being replaced with Open
Plan Desktop which is a subset of Open Plan Professional, their
high-end application. (Thanks to "Mathias Hueske"
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for this on 21st March, 1996.)
Milestones, Etc. for Windows (V5.0)
Sean F. Barbera, Sales Manager, KIDASA Software, Inc. 1114 Lost
Creek Blvd. Suite 300 Austin, Texas 78746 USA
Windows 95, Windows NT
Single User - $199.00 US
Easy and flexible project management and scheduling tool.
Track and manage your projects using a simple click-and-
drag method. Create presentation quality output, from
simple Gantt charts to detailed master schedules, all in
a matter of minutes. Schedule Setup Wizard walks the
user step-by-step through the creation of their schedule,
making setup easy. Built-in outliner facilitates organi
zation of the project. Task roll-up, summary bars and
automatic WBS numbering work in conjunction with outlined
schedules. Calculate progress easily using status sym
bols and/or a percentage complete column. Display a
task's duration in minutes, hours, days or weeks. Dis
play the schedules timescale in minutes, hours, days,
weeks, months, quarters, years or fiscal years. You can
even design your own! With the included Datagraph fea
ture, plot time-phased numeric data on the schedule to
support earned value matrices or other numerical documen
tation that needs to be tracked. Compatible with MS Pro
jects MPX file format. Supports OLE 2.0 and OLE automa
tion, letting the schedule work in combination with your
existing applications. HyperLink lets the user attach
any Windows document, even Internet/Intranet addresses,
then activate the links with a single mouse click. Pro
duce JPEG, BMP and HTML files to publish schedules for
Internet/Intranet use. Network version available.
Application: project management, scheduling, planning
Compatible with: 32 bit: Windows 95 & Windows NT 3.5x &
Media: CD, or 3.5" HD floppy diskette
Minimum RAM required: 4MB
Disk Storage minimum required: 6MB
Additional hardware/software required: Windows NT, or
Network compatibility: Networks that support Windows95 or
Customer support: Free phone, fax and e-mail support
Also they have a home page, http://www.kidasa.com
Sean Barbera (email@example.com)
Milestones Simplicity for Windows
For contact information, see entry for Milestones, Etc.
Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT
Single User - $99.00 US
Windows based, including Windows 95, project management
tool for planning and managing simple to mid-size pro
jects. Users can produce schedules, including: Gantt,
milestone, Line of Balance, and machine cycle schedules.
Features include: OLE 2.0, customizable template sched
ules, drag and drop scheduling, presentation quality out
put, free-form text option, vertical dependencies, dura
tion calculation, start and end date SmartColumns, legend
option, graphics objects, and customizable toolbar. Will
operate on any Windows compatible LANs,
including Novell and Banyan.
Sean Barbera <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Project Management Software Centre
Project House, 25 Chapel CLose, Barnsley, South Yorks, S72 9QJ,
Developed in the UK, it sells for 99 UK Pounds. Does Gantts,
Pert, CPA, etc.
email@example.com (Pete Phillips)
Microsoft Project for Windows
About $300. In the UK, around 285.00 pounds.
I suspect your S/W dealer can get this for you. Robert Ward
firstname.lastname@example.org suggests that it gives a good idea of what such
tools should do. If you have further info on this, please send.
Also, http://www.alumni.caltech.edu/~dank/project.html has tips
for the unwary user of this program. Finally
http://www.projectmanagment.com/tools.htm covers companion
products for Microsoft Project.
Ulrich R. Herken email@example.com Robert Ward firstname.lastname@example.org Kelvin
SuperProject / CA-SuperProject 3.0
Windows and OS/2.
This is a major change from prior versions. Included with
the project is CA-Realizer as the macro language (Com
puter Associates version of Visual Basic). The SuperPro
ject engine is now a dynamic link library (a DLL), fully
accessible by CA-Realizer, and is fully accessible by C-
language programs. The C-language API is provided with
the package. Version 3.0 came out in late 1993. The price
I have heard quoted somewhere was about US$900. I got my
copy thru an upgrade at considerably less than that."
(I guess you can get this through any PC software dealer ? Pete.)
On Tue, 19 Dec 1995 21:11:01, email@example.com (Terence Kuch) sent me
the following thoughts on this package:
CASuperproject: Industrial-strength PM system, good
import/export to Timesheet package (from Time Slips
Inc.), lots of canned reports, can sometimes cut a very
good deal with CA (US$149 in quantity is possible). How
ever: the package is highly complex, confusing, not
suited for the occasional user, doesn't have a modern or
very thoughtful user interface. Unless you need a PM sys
tem suitable for building a battleship from the hull up,
stick with Timeline, MS Project Manager, or comparable
Randall Raemon firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org (Terence Kuch)
Sphygmic Software Ltd, Skewen, West Glamorgan, UK
25 pounds (UK)
Critical Path, Resource scheduling, cost calculation, etc.
Exchanges data with MS Project (via MPX), Artemis 7000 and other
systems. Data can be summarised by work-breakdown structures, a
user code or any valid SQL expression.
27th March, 1996
Is there any project management software for the Psion Organiser ?
Yep ! Andy Clarkson email@example.com has written a
shareware project planning application called Plan which is available
for the Psion 3a palmtop. It is available on Compuserve in the palmtop
forum and also via ftp from: the imperial ftp site.
Andy also has a home page,
Plan has the following key features:
Gantt and PERT charts.
Resource allocation histogram view.
Task scheduling and tracking.
Define dependencies between tasks.
Enter resource data, (holidays, costs,...).
Calculation of critical path.
Transfer projects between Plan and MS Project.
STOP PRESS - Version 4.0 has just been released in
comp.binaries.psion, and should be available in all the usual psion sw
archive sites and on Andys home page (see above). (22nd April, 1996,
Training & Miscellany
Which companies provide training in Project Management in the UK ?
Most companies mentioned below provide training in Software Project
Management OR Project Management using S/W tools.
The Project Management Software Centre, 16 Connaught Street, Marble
Arch, London W2 2AF Tel: 071-402-6406
Which companies provide training in Project Management in the USA ?
Educational Services Institute (ESI) http://www.esi-intl.com
Providing training in Managing Projects in Organizations, Risk
Management, Leadership and Communications, Scheduling & Cost
Control, Quality for Project Managers, Contracting for Project
Managers, and Project Management Applications.
Classes are presented in association with The George Washington
University and are recommended for graduate-level credit by the
American Council on Education's Program on Non-Sponsored
+1-703-558-3000 Corporate contacts: Bill Yarnoff (byarnoff@esi-
intl.com) Individual contacts: Please contact the registrar
Franklin Covey's, Planning for Results. 1 day, public and corporate
seminars. Address: 2150 W. Parkway Blvd., Salt lake City, UT
84119, USA. Tel: (800) 767 1776, (801)977-1776, Fax (800)242 1492,
(801)977 1737. Europe (44) 1327-301311, Australia (800) 819954,
Japan 0120-01-1776. WWW page: http:// www.franklinquest.com
Non-technical practical approach to the development of leadership
skills, including team-work, communication and creativity tools.
Through the 4 big steps of PM process (Visualize, Plan, Implement
and Close) you learn how to better deal with every day project
tasks. The seminar contents and participant kit is based on the
Franklin Day Planner (c). Participants are encouraged to take
Franklin's time management seminar first.
(from Pablo Luengas, compuserve: 105301.1326)
Software Engineering Management Associates, Inc. (Richard Fairley)
Software Project Management: 2 or 3 days, @$2.500/day plus
expenses. Consulting rate- $1,500/day. (from Cheng-Lung Chang
Fastrak Training Inc. (Eileen Quann, et al) Software Project
Management course; 4 days, 20 students, $10.5k (from Cheng-Lung
Chang firstname.lastname@example.org) Address: 9175 Guilford Road, Suite
300, Columbia, MD USA 21046-1844, Tel: 301-924-0050, Fax:
301-924-3049, email: email@example.com, WWW page:
The Process Group (Neil Potter) Software Project Planning and
Management course; 3 days, 20 students, $6.5k plus expenses. (from
Cheng-Lung Chang firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Learning Tree (Lisa Hugus) Software Project Management Tools
and Techniques; 5 days, 15 students, $ 14,500. including expenses,
class materials. (from Cheng-Lung Chang email@example.com)
American Management Association 135 West 50th Street New York, NY
10020-1201 (800) 262-9699
Basic Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control
Senior Project Management
The PM Forum: Real Solutions for Project Sucess
Information Systems PM
PM for the Pharmaceutical Industry
Managerial and Team-Building Skills for Project Managers
Budgeting Techniques for On-Time, On-Budget Project Performance
Courses are held at different times and in various cities across the
U.S. and Canada. These came highly recommended by a friend that
attended one of their seminars. You can call the 800 number to
request a free catalog.
(from Scott W. Robertson USVCN64N@IBMMAIL.COM
Learning Tree International, Mole Business Park, Leatherhead,
Surrey, KT22 7AD, UK. 0372-364610
Run "Software Project Planning and Management" (4 days, 1250 UK
pounds) and "Project Management Skills for Success" (4days, 1250 UK
Micro Planning International
Micro Planning International is a leading international full
service project management firm. For over fifteen years, MPI
has been providing software products and services that
empower organizations to get projects done on time and on
budget. By providing a range of software services including
training seminars, specific project assistance, and design
and implementation of company wide Organizational Project
Management systems, MPI has built a wealth of project man
agement experience. Our software represents the marriage of
that experience with the latest in personal computing tech
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Brad Pirrung email@example.com 14 Aug 95 ]
Virtual Experience Corporation (VEC), announces the release of VX-1
Basic Software Project Management simulator, an interactive
simulation-based training environment for software developers
(February 1997). Priced at $350., VX-1 provides users with an
environment to safely, effectively, and comprehensively learn software
project management concepts and skills. For more information Dr.
Bernard W. Jordan, Jr., Virtual Experience Corporation, 3344 Prospect
Street N.W., Washington, D.C. at (202) 338-4913, Fax (202) 338-4915,
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the World Wide Web at
Softstar Systems develops and markets Costar, a software cost
estimation tool. Phone: (603) 672-0987 Web:
http://www.SoftstarSystems.com Address: 28 Ponemah Road, Amherst, NH
03031 USA Email: info@SoftstarSystems.com
Platforms: Costar runs on DOS, and (soon) Win 3.1 and Win 95. price
$950 for a single copy, $5,000 for a Site License, $23,000 for a
Costar is a COCOMO-based software cost estimation tool. Costar
supports traditional COCOMO, Ada COCOMO, Incremental COCOMO, and
(soon) COCOMO II.
journyx Webtime provides web-based time and attendance tracking on
Linux, AIX, FreeBSD, and soon on Solaris. Prices are $1000 for each
server installation plus $25 per user. Data is at
What do all these weird PM terms mean ?
Dave Wagner email@example.com, at National Information Systems, Inc. has
kindly provided a rather complete project management glossary.
As it is about 25 Kb, it is not kept as part of the FAQ, but rather is
available from the mail server (see above for the mail servers address
and instructions on usage).
**** put link to file here ****
.\" It is soon to be moved to the .\" mailbase site for ftp, and the
mail-server will then go away.
I believe the glossary refers to some NIS products (eg: under "Late
Finish" it says "this is done by selecting ANALYZE & PROCESS REPORTS
from the Reports pull-down menu") but this does not, in my opinion,
detract from the usefulness of the list.
What Books/References are available ?
The following list of books/references is presently small - I am sure
that there are a lot more available - I just don't know about them.
If you can contribute to this section, please do.
*** put link to my booklist here ***
In addition, I have been sent a _huge_ book list from Kurt Aerenlund
Pedersen firstname.lastname@example.org, which is available froom the mail server and
*** put link to site here ***
What other information is available ?
International Journal of PM, publ. by Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
PM Journal, publ. by PM Institute (USA).
PMNETwork, publ. by PM Institute (USA).
Software Engineering Files
The software engineering news groups (eg: comp.software-eng) have an
interest in the PM field, and some files which may be of interest are
archived in ftp://ftp.qucis.queensu.ca/pub/software-eng
pdcase 7 Jul 1992 Public-domain CASE tools
petri 7 Jul 1992 Petri net tools
pmtools 7 Jul 1992 Project management and design tools
productivity 18 Sep 1991 Feature point productivity for several countries
Also, some software engineering terms on
(Thanks to Mike Sendall email@example.com)
Razor is problem tracking system (with integrated file version
Tower Concepts, Inc
103 Sylvan Way
New Hartford, NY 13413
Further info, copies of their manual, and even their software releases
are available via anon ftp from ftp://ftp.tower.com/pub/tower as well
as more information from their web site http://www.tower.com
Tom Sawyer Software
Tom Sawyer Software is a producer of portable graph layout libraries
that can be licensed by various project management companies to
produce drawings of nested outline PERT project schedules and time
scale PERT project schedules.
With standard components such as ours, the user interface of
various project management programs could be greatly
For ordering and price information, please contact :
Tom Sawyer Software phone: 510.848.0853
1824B Fourth Street fax: 510.848.0854
Berkeley, CA 94710 e-mail: info@TomSawyer.COM
(Brendan P. Madden" firstname.lastname@example.org)
Software Technology Support Center
Jeffrey A Lewis email@example.com writes as
Two valuable resources in the project management domain are
the Software Technology Support Center (STSC) at Hill Air
Force Base in Odgen, Utah, and the Software Program Man
ager's Network, managed by the US Navy.
The STSC maintains Gopher, ftp, and Telnet sites at Hill
AFB. I only know of the Gopher site. You can reach it at
Some of the handy info there includes: information on how to
contact the Software Program Manager's Network, as well as a
very well written software project management tools report
(in the folder Software Technology Reports from the STSC).
Additionally, the STSC sponsors the annual Software
Technology Conference each April in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Each conference in the past has included tracks on software
What groups/organisations exist for project managers ?
In Europe, "Internet", the International Association of Project
Management. UK address:
The Association of Project Managers,
85 Oxford Road,
(Submitted by William R. Watt firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the USA "The Project Management Institute". Both have membership
world wide. The PMI holds certification examinations.
For change of address/subscription/membership inquiries
Project Management Institute
130 South State Road
Upper Darby, PA 19083
Fax (610) 734-3266 or 3270
Information submitted by email@example.com, JimS@cybernetics.net, and
DenysM@aol.com. For editorial/advertising queries and reprint/bulk
PMI Communications Office
P.O. Box 189
Webster, NC 28788
Shipping (UPS, etc.)
200 Ed Norton Road
Cullhowhee, NC 28723
Fax (704) 293-9801
Information submitted by Ken Glade firstname.lastname@example.org and
Randall Raemon <email@example.com> writes:
I called them about a week ago, asking for a membership
information kit. The kit came in the mail today, which
gives the address and phone.
They publish "The Project Management Journal" 4 times a
year, and have a magazine "PM NETwork" published 12 times a
year. A one year membership is (all US$) $90.00, with a
$10.00 application fee for new members. Local chapters have
fees also, with $20.00 being the typical amount. Apparently
you can join without being a member of a local chapter.
Overseas air mail is $45.00 for mailings outside the US and
There is a certification exam for people wanting the Project
Management Professional (PMP) designation. Examinations are
held quarterly at various locations. Contact PMI for
No mention is made of any BBS access (though I have heard
rumors that a BBS exists), nor is any mention made of an
email address. I would expect any details to be given in
Robert Monaghan firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 15 May 1995 writes:
They have a regular rate (circa $150) and a student rate
There now appears to be Web page as well (thanks to John B. Ennis
Also, in Holland:
8212 Ae Lelystad
tel . 31-3200-22464
Thanks to Erwin Traas email@example.com for information on a www
site for project management information:
The organisation is called IPMA (INTERNATIONAL Project Managment Asso
ciation). Email adress of the newsletter editor is:
Gosh - can there be anything else ?
Project Management Software from IKAR.
I had some mail about project management software which has been
written for UNIX and DOS, from Svetlana Gerdyukova
(firstname.lastname@example.org). It is not clear whether the software
she talks about is PD or commercial, and my mail has elicited no
reply. However, the group working on the software used to be
If anyone gets any info on this product, please let me know.
I hope you have found this document useful. If you have, please try
and help others to benefit by sending me updates, corrections or new
Please keep the information coming - I will still make sure that
contributions I recieve are incorporated into the FAQ and that
contributions are acknowledged.
If you have any contributions to make to this FAQ, mail them to:
1310 Preston Lane
Hopkins, MN 55343
Pete, the original author, asks that if you want to make his kids
happy and you are outside the UK, send a postcard (or ask your kids to
send a postcard) to :
Rhys, Carys and Sian Phillips,
22 The Dell, Laleston, Bridgend, South Wales, UK.
(Age 10, 8 and 4!)