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Alan Tay
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Personally, I don’t work in a very restricted working environment where I am free to use any kind of tools as long as I get my jobs done.

Therefore, I had explored quite a number of tools in my project manager career path and would like to do a dump into this post in a structured manner.

Here is how this post is being structured:

I will be listing 35 best project management tools here structuring them into 15 different categories.

In each category, I will sort the tools from top to bottom based on my personal preference from most preferred to least preferred.

On top of that, I will also try to include at least one FREE tool that you can use from each category.

Ready?

Here we go.

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Effective project managers carries a bunch of handy tools with them to solve big problems. Find out the 35 best project management tools that you must know.
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Having a lot of fun with these tools
Need some inspiration for your next blog post? Check out these eight blog topic generators to get your creative juices flowing.
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What does a project manager do?

Barking like a dog at team members when jobs not done?

Boss around the project, not doing anything but just looking at team members  to see how they suck?

I completely disagree with that.

The role of project manager is to integrate all the project components in the 5 phases of project management which are initialization, planning, execution, monitoring & controlling and closure that will eventually drive the project into success.

The project components which I mentioned above are the 10 knowledge areas from PMI project management framework:
Curious about the role of project manager? It was all defined in the Project Management Integration chapter of PMP exam. Find out more here.
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This is completely for engineers that has project management career plan.
My life changes as soon as I stepped into the project manager career path. Find out the 7 changes which you should expect if you are into this career path.
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I personally run 3 blogs where one of them is the one that you are reading currently.

The other two are my niche sites:

PMP Code – featuring my project management skills and knowledge.
Petrol Price Malaysia – featuring petrol price in Malaysia and has nothing about my talent and skills.
Out of the 3 blogs that I had mentioned, I’d like to share a case study of mine on how I nailed 3,368 unique visitors in just one day into my site without any link building.

In addition to that, that particular site is new and it does not have any relevant backlinks pointing to it.

Therefore, you must be wondering what kind of contents or backlinks or source of traffic which I use to get such an amount of traffic.

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No idea how to define scope of your project. Use this project scope statement template to create a detailed scope of your project.
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Having difficulties defining scope of a project and delivering them? Find out how to manage them from this project scope management article.
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Most organizations have a 70% rate of project failures. The reasons could be: Unclear project scope. Over-budget. Schedule overrun. There are many more reasons why a project failed so easily, but has anyone questioned about the 30% of successful projects? One of the reasons which I believe is these 30% of project managers manage their project risks well. ““Risk is an uncertain event or c...
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Project manager deal with documentation most of the time.

In general, most people uses Microsoft Word as their main word processing software.

The main drawback is that this software is not Free and it works best on the Windows platform only leaving the other platforms:

Mac: will have to deal with the 2011 version which is 4 years back
Linux: better luck next time 😉
The fact is, you don’t have to pay to type and produce document in this new era.

There are good freeware and open source software which can really gives you a good solution without paying a dime.

Here, I’d like to present to you the top 10 alternatives to Microsoft Word.

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I started off my project usually with a Project Charter, which is one of the key outputs in the Initialization phase of a project.

You don’t have much to produce during this early stage of a project where you only have two output to focus on where another output is the Stakeholder Register.

Personally, I think that the project charter is an important piece of document because it is a document which is produced in the very early phase of a project where if you get this document wrongly done, it is almost certain that you will have tough time in the later stage of your project.

Hence, it is important that you get it right in the first place.

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Have you come across the problem where your project team unable to complete a task in a given time frame?

Have you as well come across the problem where your project team provide an unrealistic time frame just to escape from schedule overrun?

These are common issues when project estimation are done incorrectly and that is mainly due to single project estimation technique.

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