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Advanced Multi-Project Management by Kathleen Austin, Gerald Kendall

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41. Software Planning Requirements— Buffers, Global Resources, and Alignment

The Premise

Beware of sophistication! In our opinion, the more sophisticated features a project management software product has, the less likely it is to be used or understood across organizational levels and functions.

A project management software product must provide, in project planning, the ability to:

  • Learn and use the basics within a couple of hours

  • Buffer projects holistically (at a project or subproject level, not at a task level)

  • View resource demands globally (across all projects and portfolios)

  • Use a common resource pool definition

  • Use and save templates

  • Work together on projects globally (in today’s delivery mechanisms, this implies cloud and/or web-based ...

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