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Pop-ups must be enabled for these tools to run properly. Requires Flash Player. The online tools were created with created with Xcelsius.

 

Online Tools

Scheduling

Activity Duration Estimation Tool includes 3 different methods for estimating duration of activities.  Designed to be used in conjunction with the Work Effort and Risk Profile Tool.

Work Effort and Risk Profile Tool calculates work effort for up to 20 tasks and visually displays work effort distribution and risk profiles.  Designed to be used with values from the Activity Duration Estimation Tool.

Monte Carlo Scheduling Tool uses the Monte Carlo simulation technique to predict activity durations.  The Monte Carlo method is based on the generation of multiple trials to determine the expected value of a random variable.  This tool also allows for what-if scenarios.

 

Budget

Activity Cost Estimation Tool includes 3 different methods for estimating cost of activities.  Designed to be used in conjunction with the Project Budget and Risk Profile Tool.

Project Budget and Risk Profile Tool calculates work effort for up to 20 tasks and visually displays cost distribution and risk profiles.  Designed to be used with values from the Activity Cost Estimation Tool.

Monte Carlo Budgeting Tool uses the Monte Carlo simulation technique to predict activity costs.  The Monte Carlo method is based on the generation of multiple trials to determine the expected value of a random variable.  This tool also allows for what-if scenarios.

 

Analysis

Risk Mitigation Analysis Tool assists in prioritizing risks and identifying risk strategies.  Designed to be used with activity risk profiles from the Work Effort Tool and the Project Budget Tool.

Earned Value Analysis Tool allows for real-time cost analysis of up to 10 milestones for total project costs.  Useful for planning and control.

Resource Impact Analysis Tool is a real-time tool helpful for resource planning and control.  Allows you to determine the impact of up to 5 resources on as many as 10 activities.  Helpful for assigning activities identified in the other tools.  Also useful for crashing a project or activity and analyzing the impact.

Ishikawa Diagram is a graphical method for finding the most likely causes for an undesired effect. The method was first used by Kaoru Ishikawa in the 1960s. Because of its shape, it is also known as the fishbone diagram. Another name for this technique is the cause-and-effect diagram. The fishbone diagram is a method/tool used in a root cause analysis.

 

Downloads

The Downloadable PM Toolkits embed the above tools into PowerPoint files.  These versions allow you to organize all tools for a single project together as well as use the tools offline.  Each zip file is approximately ~ 3.4 Mb.  Unzip all files in the zip files to the same folder.  Requires the full version of PowerPoint.

 

Tutorials

Visually Analyze Resource Impact

Using the Resource Impact Analysis Tool

Create a Timeline in PowerPoint (pdf)

by Geetesh Bajaj

Applying Earned Value Analysis to Your Project

Microsoft Office Online

Strategic Project Management for IT Projects

Recommended online training from SkillSoft.  Several concepts used for the online tools were adapted from this course.  Worth 25.5 PDUs for PMI Certifications.

 

Use a Fishbone Diagram to Help Attack Complex Problems

Article on www.techrepublic.com was used to create the Ishikawa Diagram tool.  Requires free membership.

 

Just for Fun

The Cinderella Project is an irreverent look at the traditional fairy tale from a project management perspective.

 

 

Do you have an idea for more PM tools?  Tell me about it and I'll see if I can develop it.

 

 

Disclaimer

These tools are provided as a convenience for informational purposes only. I do not recommend the use of these tools over other methods to perform analysis on project planning and risk. Calculations derived from these tools are believed to be accurate, but are not guaranteed.  These tools are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. I use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on these tools. I do not, however, make any warranties or representations as to accuracy or completeness. You use these tools at your own risk. I periodically add, change, improve, or update the information on these tools without notice. I assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the use or content of these tools. I will not be liable for any damages or injury (including but not limited to special or consequential damages) that may result from the use or inability to use any part of these tools.

 

Please be patient while online tools load.  If you have problems loading offline tools, try deleting temporary internet files and retry loading tool.

 

 

This site was last updated 13-Nov-2010

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