We are currently using SharePoint for many things like collaboration, portal, custom solutions, requirements gathering and project management.
As our current usage of SharePoint for project management is not public and process heavy I looked around and find a good blog about how to use SharePoint for Project Management. The following posts are not only doing that, but actually they provide a great step by step introduction to the world of PMs.
So if you are a beginner and want to learn more about PM or you are an expert in using Microsoft Project but want to learn how SharePoint can help you to make others understand the complex plan that you put together follow the recipe for a simple and transparent way of managing projects.
- (i) Get the Project Approved and Resources Allocated
- (ii) Decide the Project Management Process
- (iii) Create a Collaborative Project Site
- (i) Plan the Project
- (ii) Desk Check the Project Plan
- (iii) Notify the Team of their Responsibilities
- (i) Find Work
- (ii) Do Work
- (iii) Update Progress on work
PM Guide – (4) Track and Re-Plan the Project (continuously until project closure)
- (i) Check and understand the project’s progress
- (ii) Find and Manage Exceptions (e.g. issues, risks and change requests)
- (iii) Re-Plan the project
- (i) Run Project Post-Mortem and Track Lessons Learnt
- (ii) Close out the Project site
- (iii) Capture any useful modifications made to the project site for use on future projects
And he does not stop here but continues with the guide into the depths of Project Management:
They even provide you with the templates (for a price) or you can actually build your own.
Hope this will help people understand how they can use SharePoint for Project Management as for sure if you read this blog you already have SharePoint.
Not sure if you are aware but if you one of the very experienced Project Managers out there Microsoft Project (Server) does integrates nicely with SharePoint Server.
I recommend SharePoint for project management for one single reason(ok two): Visibility & Transparency.
Want to dig deeper into this world?
SharePoint for Project Management
How to Create a Project Management Information System (PMIS) with SharePoint