Shopping for Better Project Management

by Marion H. Hart, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 1, Pg. 36-39

Document Type: Feature article


The benefits of project management software are undisputed. Even a super manager needs help with scheduling, no matter how small or large a job. But, when it comes to selecting the right project management program, those engineers who know how to manage are usually the ones most satisfied with their choice. Knowing the work of a firm, employee capabilities, client needs and the strengths and weaknesses of existing computer resources is the only way to make a smart selection. If choosing the right program is the first step on the road to good management, what advice is there to help engineers sift through the more than 200 products out on the market? Many begin the search with the review section of their favorite computer magazines to find out what's available and then move on to study the program's capabilities by reading the user manual and working through the tutorials that come with the demo. Current user opinions of a program are often considered solid tips by consumers looking either for an endorsement or a pan of a particular program. In many cases, firms end up with a system because a principal or employee who is already familier with it acts as a sponsor. In the absence of a clear candidate, or sometimes in spite of one, a client specification may cast the swing vote in favor of or against a program.

Subject Headings: Project management | Employees | Client relationships | Highway and road management | Computer software | Managers | Scheduling | Freight transportation

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