Extending Project Efficiency with ConceptDraw Office
Project managers rely on many tools to help them manage the task of executing this vision
By Matthew David
Project execution is created when a team of people have a shared vision. To deliver on that vision that group must complete a lot of interlocking tasks. Projects become complex because someone, somewhere, is trying to enable a large group of people to come together and share a common understanding for a single vision. The following image shows the different milestones an idea must go through to become a complete reality. This is the project life-cycle.
Project managers rely on many tools to help them manage the task of executing this vision. The main products include software packages such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project and email. Sometimes you will find project managers will use additional mind mapping tools, such as MindMapper, or network diagramming tools such as Microsoft Visio. ConceptDraw, a Ukrainian software company, is delivering a project manager's office suit. The single goal: deliver the software that can deliver the vision.
The ConceptDraw Office is made of the following products:
Many projects begin at a white board or on a sheet of paper. The goal of ConceptDraw MINDMAP is to emulate that piece of paper. Mind mapping is a great technique where you start with a central idea and build outwards the dependencies to that idea. ConceptDraw MINDMAP has easy to use, drag and drop icons to place on the screen allowing you to remain focused on your idea and not on the tool.
Each element that you create in the mind mapping process with MINDMAP can be directly exported to ConceptDraw PROJECT. If you are familiar with Microsoft Project, then you will find all of the tools in ConceptDraw PROJECT that you are already using, including gant charts, network charts and resource management. Unlike Microsoft Project, ConceptDraw PROJECT will also allow you to open multiple projects and easily cross reference resources. These types of Project Portfolio Management techniques are only accessibly through high end PPM tools.
ConceptDraw is not creating a me-too set of products. While Microsoft owns the Office market, it is missing key products, such as Mind Mapping, for a project manager. Other products, such as Project and Visio, are standalone solutions not fully integrated into Microsoft Office. ConceptDraw Office is strong because the products do build on top of each other. You do not have the disconnected approach Microsoft gives you. You have a single set of solutions that work together, addressing the needs of the Project Manager.
Integrating with Microsoft Office on Windows/Mac