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Project KickStart: A Palmtop Project Planner
Plan a project in 30 minutes, anywhere, anytime, with your HP 100LX Palmtop PC and Project KickStart
Kickstarting a project
I've found a similar tool for project management: Project KickStart. It's an effective "project outlining" tool for the person who suffers from "planner's block." Starting from the basic project idea, the program helps generate a task list and assign resources quickly.
Project KickStart's Main Menu looks like this:
The menu gives you six techniques to develop tasks:
You can also transfer the KickStart data to more sophisticated scheduling programs like: InstaPlan, Microsoft Project for Windows, Project Scheduler, On Target, Primavera, ProTracs, SuperProject, Time Line, and Lotus Agenda. KickStart is designed to take you quickly from the raw project idea through a well-defined process to task and personnel lists, defined goals and obstacles, giving you an overall definition of the project. Project schedulers are designed to implement, schedule and manage all the details, resources and changes required to complete a project after it has been defined.
Setting up and running Project KickStart on the HP 100LX
You'll need around 400K free on your C drive or memory card. Copy the following files from the Project KickStart installation disk to your HP Palmtop: PKS.EXE, PKS.GEN, PKS .MOD, PKSLIST.EXE, and XXI.EXE. There are three ways you can start Project KickStart:
Using Project KickStart
The most difficult phase of a project is the beginning. When launching any new project (large or small), I always begin by spending the first 20 to 30 minutes in Project KickStart. Once I "kickstart" a project, I move my files over to my desktop PC's project management software for tracking and reporting.
Project KickStart on my HP 100LX provides a powerful and portable "project planning assistant" that is always with me, everywhere! When I lead project planning meetings, the unintimidating presence of the 100LX helps me to direct orderly, creative "brainstorming sessions" with my workgroups. Project KickStart captures the workflow details, while I focus on group interactions and the high-level processes. When the two- hour planning session is over, I download my "project profile" into Microsoft Project for Windows, then print a first draft of the project resources and proposed workflow. My boss gets a project report before the meeting minutes are distributed!
With Project KickStart and my HP 100LX, I'm in control of the planning process, my workgroups are more quickly and accurately informed, and I'm able to steer the project according to plan. With all this extra time on my hands, I might just take up golf!
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