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Working with Subprojects in RationalPlan Project Management Software

RationalPlan version 3.26 was just launched with support for working with subprojects

RationalPlan version 3.26 was just launched with support for working with subprojects. Besides this feature, useful for big projects, other changes were added like improved printing customization, other types of task scheduling and much more.

RationalPlan is a project management software created to serve many types of users starting from novice project managers, users that need an environment to handle multiple projects and up to companies that need a server solution with concurrent access. It has been developed to help project managers keep their projects on time and within budget.

Important changes added to this version:

  • possibility to work with subprojects
  • dependency driven duration type scheduling
  • customizable header and footer for printing
  • added date range for Task deadline filter
  • more data added to the web interface of the Server

Certain companies often need to manage large projects. This kind of projects however are to big to be handled as a whole and must be decomposed in several smaller parts. And each part is treated as a project with its own assigned project manager and its own budget and time constraints. However all these projects are related and are actually subprojects of a master project. This necessity is now covered by RationalPlan Multi and users will have the possibility to work with master projects and subprojects. Of course resources can be shared between project so that overallocations and overtime costs to be detected and correctly computed.

Printing just got better allowing users for improved customization. The header and footer of the printing area can now be configured to present custom data like formatted text or images. Both areas are split in 3 regions - left, center and right - and each region can have its own custom design. Users will now be able to create better looking printed reports for each view of the application.

In certain cases the traditional well known scheduling mechanisms are not enough. Every manager knows the famous duration - work - units trio: each of the three values can be computed from the other two. However what can be done if only the work is known while duration and units are flexible? Suppose there are tasks within a project whose duration is not determined neither by the work nor by the assigned resource units. It is determined by its predecessors and successors. We shall name this a dependency driven duration. In this case the work is known and fixed, the duration is computed from dependencies and then the assigned units from these two values.

The web based interface got richer and more data are presented for tasks including notes and links. Other minor improvements were added related to filtering, interface design etc.

RationalPlan suite includes:
RationalPlan Single Project - an alternative to Microsoft Project and the perfect solution for novice or accidental project managers
RationalPlan Multi Project - project management software for multiple projects, projects that are interconnected through dependencies and share common resource
RationalPlan Project Viewer - free project management software viewer, the solution for anyone (from project stakeholders to team workers) to view projects details
RationalPlan Project Server - a centralized place to manage the company's projects while offering concurrent access to different users

RationalPlan Project Management Software is available at http://www.rationalplan.com. It can be download from http://www.rationalplan.com/download.php.

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