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*Project Management Software:  Basecamp, Central Desktop, @Task, SharePoint
 
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*GANTT Charts - a lot of people use MS Project but are afraid to admit it. It does provide a way of planning a project in detail, communicating the project plan and progress to clients and colleagues and then day-to-day management of the project.
 
*GANTT Charts - a lot of people use MS Project but are afraid to admit it. It does provide a way of planning a project in detail, communicating the project plan and progress to clients and colleagues and then day-to-day management of the project.
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"Given that there are so many project management tools, why do we still use Excel?"
 
"Given that there are so many project management tools, why do we still use Excel?"
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*It's flat and easy.  "It's basically a piece of paper that does math."
 
*It's flat and easy.  "It's basically a piece of paper that does math."
  
Presentation Software:  Camtasia,
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"Why do people switch over to GoogleDocs from Word vs. switching from PowerPoint to the Google equivalent?"
 
"Why do people switch over to GoogleDocs from Word vs. switching from PowerPoint to the Google equivalent?"
 
EEE laptop and presentations
 
EEE laptop and presentations

Revision as of 23:01, 15 January 2016

This fast-paced session will allow participants to share the various project management utilities available, including Time Tracking, Task Management, Source Code Control, and more.

TOOLS

INTRODUCTION

4 General Task Areas

  • Database/CRM
  • Communication
  • Large Scale Planning Tools
  • Types of wikis

COMMUNICATION

  • Chatting: Skype, Trillian, Gaim, AIM, Skype, gchat
  • Desktop Sharing: WebX, Yugma, Copilot, VNC
  • Voice: Skype, Vonage, VOIPCheap (free calls)
    • Wikis--communication among members asynchronusly
 When do wikis not work?  What happens with team members when they don't work?
  • Project Management Software: Basecamp, Central Desktop, @Task, SharePoint

Project Management Tools:

  • GANTT Charts - a lot of people use MS Project but are afraid to admit it. It does provide a way of planning a project in detail, communicating the project plan and progress to clients and colleagues and then day-to-day management of the project.

"Given that there are so many project management tools, why do we still use Excel?"

  • It's flat and easy. "It's basically a piece of paper that does math."

Presentation Software:

  • Camtasia

"Why do people switch over to GoogleDocs from Word vs. switching from PowerPoint to the Google equivalent?" EEE laptop and presentations


WIDGETS (i.e. CoolLittleThings)

  • www.doodle.ch--scheduling meetings with people from external organizations software--free
  • Meeting Wizard
  • FoxMarks--synchronizes bookmarks on different computers on Firefox
  • SurveyMonkey, Zoomerang--Technology Assessment
  • GoogleApps
  • The Nonprofit Soapbox


The importance of tying it all together. Overhead elimination.

You can hook up BaseCamp to SugarCRM.


AH-HA's:

  • SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Tools are great but they're heavy in overhead. Everyone should realize that tools take effort and that there is a cost to adding tools.
  • Tools are no good if nobody uses them.


GoogleDocs just added some features

Google Docs gets better

  • You can never be too organized. Now, with the addition of nested folders, it's even easier to keep track of your important documents. Check out the details at: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/01/sub-sub-folders.html
  • Thanks to a recent update, you can now print documents with headers and footers.

Read more: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/01/headers-and-footers.html

  • Checked out presentations lately? If not, you may be missing a slew of new features: you can drag and drop images into slides, easily import slides from other presentations, embed a slideshow in a webpage, and more.

Here's a round-up of updates: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/01/new-features-for-2008.html