[UPHPU] Project Planning Software

MilesTogoe miles.togoe at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 10:24:02 MST 2008

well, everyone will likely have their own approach but I think it breaks 
down into 2 categories: data driven and whiteboardish. 

On the data driven there are the big players: Primavera, MS Project, 
Gnome Project, yada, yada - they require a fair amount of maintenance 
with formal procedures - advantage being it gives you data backed 
queries / reports.  There are probably a zillion "leaner" packages as well.

On the whiteboard side: well, if you are on Windows, it's hard to beat 
Visio for flowcharting, displays, etc.  In fact it's the only app I 
really miss on Linux (oh there's Dia, Kivio, etc but they really don't 
measure up to even the pre-MS Visio).   For the most flexibility, we use 
Inkscape.  We mockup web pages  in Inkscape (my awesome tip of the year 
- since it's really easy to group divs and move them around, recolor, 
change fonts, etc) and just sketch up program flow diagrams the same way 
we would on a whiteboard.  A tablet makes this an awesome productive 
experience.  Advantage over a real whiteboard is that the diagrams can 
just be saved, reused, emailed around - the SVG format can be simply 
displayed in Firefox, Safari, and Opera (and with plugin on dumb & 
dumber IE).  Probably could view SVG on an iPhone as well (that's pretty 
cool for communication).  And of course Inkscape drawings can be easily 
saved to png or pdf as well.   

William Attwood wrote:
> Hello Locals.
>    I'm an organizational creative.  I like to diagram flowcharts prior to
> tackling a project, and adjust them to meet changes as they happen.  This
> seems to make it so management can see the project a lot easier than if I
> was trying to explain the code workings to them.
>    I am wondering, what software do you use to plan projects? Microsoft
> Visio for ORM/UML diagrams?  Some open-source application?
>    I ran across LovelyCharts based in Flex, and was surprised that it does
> the linking for you and "Assumes" what you mean, allowing you to correct
> that assumption if need be.  Is there other software out there that is like
> this or better, saving time and making the diagramming and planning process
> easier?  What do you use?
> Thanks guys
> --Will
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