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Ron Beard CCS
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Username: Rm_beard_ccs

Post Number: 15
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 01:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Does anyone use, know of, or recommend a small, low-key management program to track the process of the development of a project manual? Most of the programs I've seen are just too big or cumbersome for my [and probably many other specifiers] use.
John Regener, AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSI
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Post Number: 51
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 02:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

There's a process? (!) <g>

Actually, there seem to be two issues: the process and documentation of the process.

It's a good question. Defining the tasks and responsibilities would be a challenge but worthwhile ... if we could take time away from the urgency of producing specs to describe the process we follow.

(Let's see ... Step 1: Copy the last similar project. Note: Must be no older than 10 years) <g> ???
William C. Pegues, FCSI, CCS
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Post Number: 65
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 02:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I don't know about a computer program - most task management programs have become really fully featured, way more than you need. And, overpriced because of that.

I have a presentaiton that I do at our staff meetings about every other year or so where I have put it together like a flow chart to describe the process...show the track of the production group doing their drawings, and the track of the project manual and when the 2 interface and what one needs to share with the other.

I don't really use it to keep track ofa project. But, it does create a number of meeting points with specific information requirements, and what I do when a new project starts up is a series of meeting requests on our office calendar that indicates when something is due, and a 'checkin' date a week or 2 before that as a reminder so they don't forget.

Works really great since my meeting request email gets entered onto their calendar automatically.

I even have a web site set up with my calendar output to it which shows all project production points (Drafts, Finals, addendums, etc.) so that all our project managers can go there to see if date changes for their projects work into the overall calendar - and who they have to coordinate with if there is a conflict.

David Axt, AIA, CCS, CSI
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Username: david_axt

Post Number: 219
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - 08:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I also am looking for some project management software. Microsoft Project is to much for my needs.

I would like a simple barchart schedule or CPM. The reason is with two specifiers in the office, we need to know when a project starts and at what pahse (SD, DD, CD) and when the final deadlines are and who is working on what project.

Any ideas are welcome.


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