We suspect that there are probably people out there who have been thrust into the role of project manager with no real idea what they're doing. RationalPlan Multi Project is the perfect program for such people; it's a full-featured project management tool that walks users through the entire management process. Although its capabilities are befitting an experienced project manager, it's the perfect solution for novices who need some guidance.
The program's interface is plain and won't be winning any beauty contests, but it's extremely easy to navigate. Each step of the project management process is listed in a tree hierarchy on the left side of the interface, and users simply move through each of the steps to complete their project planning. There are places to enter general information about the project, set schedules, and explore assumptions, constraints, and risks. Users can create a work breakdown structure, schedule tasks, and assign resources. The program offers a variety of different views and charts to help users track each project's progress and cost. We liked that the program contains serious project management tools but that it seems to be designed with novice users in mind; optional project guide details can be displayed at the top of the interface, explaining each component of the program, and the online Help file is well-written and thorough. Overall, we think RationalPlan Multi Project is a great choice for project managers of any experience level.
RationalPlan Multi Project installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of RationalPlan Multi Project 3.17. The trial version is limited to 20 tasks.
If you are working in the area of construction, engineering, services&consulting, business, software development or even working on a simple student project then you can use RationalPlan. It will help you to complete your project as scheduled, on time and within budget.
If you have projects that are interrelated that is certain tasks from one project depend on other tasks from the other projects then you should opt in for a Multi Project version. Even more... you should choose a Multi Project version if you have resources that are working in multiple projects. Otherwise the Single Project version is enough.
Here are some key reasons for using RationalPlan Multi Project: * concurrent management for multiple users by connecting to RationalPlan Project Server * manage your company's projects and share resources between them * provides a clean way to break down your project, build schedules, allocate resources, and manage budgets * get resources and finances under control (realistic cost estimates mechanisms, screening cash-flow time distribution for tasks and resources) * gives you a step by step project guide that walks you through the project management process so you can lay down a project plan immediately * different scenarios capability via multiple undo/redo levels will allow you to make changes and safely get back * track project evolution regarding task's completion, time and costs * brings project's critical issues to your attention
The application is covering project management area from WBS construction, project planning and scheduling to critical path management, overallocated resources detection, progress tracking, cost estimation.