Project management tools help an individual or a group map out the steps needed to complete a project or assignment in a timely organized fashion.
Consider a basic tool if:
- you are working alone
- you have a short deadline
- you are working on a research paper, speech or video (either alone or as part of a small group)
Possible Basic Tools
- Use the Libraries' assignment calculator to get started and receive email reminders to stay on track.
- If you're working in a group, Google calendar offers an easy way to create a single calendar and share it with everyone to see upcoming deadlines. Notifications can be set up for events.
Video Tutorial: Getting Things Done with Google Calendar
Video tutorial: Share a Google Calendar
Consider an advanced tool if:
- your project has multiple sub-projects or contingent projects associated with it
- you are working over an extended time period (longer than a semester)
- you are working with a large group of people
Possible Advanced Tools
- Google Sites—Project Management Template offers more functionality than a calendar, but is not a full-blown project management program. One advantage is that it is compatible with the University's Google Apps suite.
- Microsoft Project is a multifaceted and sophisticated tool. It can be purchased at a discount from the University of Minnesota’s Office of Information Technology and E-training is available for all Microsoft products through OIT
- Do is a free project management tool that integrates with public Google products; however it is not currently compatible with the University's Google Apps suite.