Project KickStart (updated).

Author:Massue, Mireille
Position:Product/service evaluation

Project KickStart (updated), CD-ROM, 2007, Experience In Software, Inc., $159.95.


Project KickStart is now up to version 4. What remains unique to the application, says Roy Nierenberg, president of Experience In Software, Inc., is the project-planning wizard. The six-step wizard incorporates widely accepted principles for managing projects.

Version 4 makes the creation of Gantt charts for project scheduling simple to execute, even for beginners. For more details, click here. A free trial can be downloaded by using the demo link in the left column of this page.

Original review:

We live in a world of projects, like it or not. Yet, the editorial in a recent issue of Computing Canada says:

Almost two-thirds of people surveyed in a recent IT Business poll said their company's approach to managing tech projects is ad hoc. This modus operandi might explain why the success rates for projects are still alarmingly low after years of warnings from industry analysts on the root causes of project failure. A recent Chaos Report, published by industry analyst Standish Group, estimates that one-third of projects can be deemed "a pass," while two-thirds are either "challenged"' or "outright failures." If company success is driven by the need to stay ahead of the competition, why are these statistics so dismal?

A friend of mine works for a company whose ERP implementation went over budget by $100 million--and the cost is still rising. She has thought of quitting, although she is one of those individuals who can take almost anything. In her company, the sense of urgency to learn from mistakes is lacking.

Planning allows you to decrease the level of stress and increase your level of confidence by giving you the flexibility and maneuverability to:

* Mobilize and energize the commitment and energy of your customer base, team members, executives, and stakeholders to work towards a common objective.

* Achieve a higher standard of excellence by delivering results on time and within budget.

* Tolerate uncertainty by allowing more risks and seeking out more opportunities.

* Gain credibility by communicating strategy through purpose, understanding, and direction.

* Improve relationships throughout the organization.

* Simplify complex information into a "teachable point of view" (see Noel Tichy, The Cycle of Leadership: How Great Leaders Teach their Organizations to Win, HarperBusiness, 2002).

* And have fun and enjoy the process.

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