RationalPlan Multi Project

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Sort of "so what?""

    January 16, 2011  |   By GurgMaster

    Pros

    Has a little bit of useful guidance - that is it does the step by step logic for parts of the Planning processes

    Cons

    No real business smarts. Not best practice compliant. Over-simplifies the project process. Seems to purport some MS Project functionality as its own. Really poor grammar throughout the guidance.

    Summary

    I won't be as hard as the previous reviewer (who suggested the reviewer was drunk) but I have trouble seeing a 5-star product in here!

    Hey - some of the features here could be useful keeping track of some basic project info. And well, for a numpty Project Manager, the guidance may be useful.

    However, there's no real business smarts there as far as I can see. For example, the assumptions and constraints don't track to risks, there's not an issues register as such and much of the functionality is just exactly what MS Project does for you anyway ... Is this an MS Project substitute?

    The risk profiles are not ISO compliant (that is they don't have the standard categories of impact and probability), and that would be enough to count it out of any Government site.

    Another little issue is, I'm not clear as to whether the output files are going to save as MS Project files, part MSP or all Rational Plan.

    In general the guidance is very poorly written.

    However, the biggest problem I have is that the blurb/ marketing could give the unsuspecting client the impression they had done everything they need to do to manage a project successfully. This module covers maybe one and a half of the 9 domains of the US Project Management standard (PMBoK) and maybe two of the components of the British standard (PRINCE2) . That's fine but the blurb should say so!!

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