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11/15/2017 6:49 AM

Compare two software systems that can facilitate planning, organisation and control processes,

(you should describe typical examples of software systems used for planning, organising and controlling building projects, and explain their application.)

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11/15/2017 8:09 AM

never managed or justified a project before I presume.

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11/15/2017 9:16 AM

Allen Bradley has some software and Wolfram too. Duh, you could use the simplest MS excel or Matlab or other scheduling softwares.

The very basic necessity really is, you have to have a building project first.

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11/15/2017 9:20 AM

Why?

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11/15/2017 11:25 AM

We don't do homework here, but you may get some comments after we see the level of effort that you have put into your own "thoughts".

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11/15/2017 11:52 AM

FYI, At one point, MSProject was a ''go-to'' project management software, but Microsoft is discontinuing support for it, but there may remain (ancillary) support for it, at least in the near future...

(I once took a Project Management class which was taught by a teacher who said he wrote a P M program in BASIC...)

Consider (bingling): project + management + class (... and see what software packages are used in those classes...)

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11/15/2017 1:47 PM

Pencil and paper is fine...
It's the information you put in that matters.
I was once told by a director that he didn't like my 6 month long timescale.
I said "cross out the word 'months' and write 'weeks'... but it will still take 6 months"
This was the same guy who asked whet the unseen problems were that I'd allowed a week for
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11/15/2017 1:54 PM

You're not alone,... and right know I'm not laughing at you,... I'm laughing at the thought and comfort that I'm not the only one that has and am going through that.

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11/15/2017 2:04 PM

Well, you know that on TV, they get the dam blown up, and rebuilt in one hour.

They solve all manner of crimes in one hour, and they fight whole wars in one hour.

Yet we engineers (and chemists) can't get even one project done in a day???

WTW, over?

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11/15/2017 2:50 PM

I'm a big fan of Microsoft Office Excel, as long as you are only planning and not actually trying to implement the control system using it.

A poor man's project management software, but a valid software system that meets the questions criteria none the less.

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11/15/2017 2:53 PM

Yes, Excel is excellent in many ways,... but it's lack of links within the process for cause and effects on changes is none existent, but know that, you can over come it.

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11/15/2017 2:56 PM

You can link to external data {check}

You can operate logical trees on the data {check}

You can sift and sort all manner of data {check}

Manage resources using Pivot tables {check}

Other than that, I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would use Excel for project management.

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11/15/2017 2:59 PM

oh... lets get complicated...,

I had external links excel,... worked great... until we redid our LAN and it was remapped...

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11/15/2017 3:34 PM

Yeah, duh doh, that makes for a long day, week, or months.

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11/15/2017 3:43 PM

I never repaired those links when I found out how easy it was to break. Wasn't cost effective.

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11/15/2017 4:11 PM

It lacks some key functionality and ease of use that a proper project management package has but has advantages such as

a) You most likely already have it so it's pretty much free

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b) You likely don't need much additional training to use Excel

If you can accept the loss of some key features it is possible (more a 'Lite' project management package really).

I have used Excel and even Microsoft Word as cheap production drawing programs. An absolute time consuming chore (bordering on nightmare) but still, it can be done. Why, instead of just using a free drawing program, because I wanted to see if it was possible. I don't recommend it however.

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11/15/2017 4:38 PM

Like the Gantt chart in excel... I've looked at it as a to do list.

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11/16/2017 8:54 AM

The most popular softwares are https://trello.com and https://basecamp.com. Their descriptions may help you write yours. And Google Drive is "home" to many organizations.

I'm writing some blogs on Volunteer non-profit organizational management and using the "recipe" analogy for algorithms.

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11/18/2017 3:52 AM

Presumably you're meant to select 2 systems and compare their performance, like the question says. I don't expect you want to buy the software. You might be able to get hold of it free on a trial basis.

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