This is the third and last post in our 3-part series of some of our favorite resources. Part 1 listed business and productivity resources and part 2 we showed you our favorite leadership, learning and inspirational resources. In Part 3 we will discuss project management resources.


Software

Critical Tools
http://www.criticaltools.com – WBS Chart Pro by Critical Tools is a favorite tool of both Bruce Beer and Vicki Wrona, one that we each demonstrate in our PM classes. It is an excellent tool for creating a dynamic deliverables-based WBS. Once you have deliverables, you can add activities. WBS Chart Pro interacts seamlessly with MSProject using an icon to toggle between the two programs, so that after you add activities, then sequence, then resource type and then duration in MSProject, you have created a full schedule with critical path. Using an icon in MSProject to return to WBS Chart Pro, you can see which deliverables are on the critical path. By adding the daily or hourly cost of each resource type, you will have cost information.

The beauty of this is that the WBS is dynamic, automatically updating with every change to the MSProject schedule. –Bruce Beer, PMP and Vicki Wrona, PMP


PMP Resources

Deep Fried Brain Project
www.deepfriedbrainproject.com – I love this website. It has all kinds of project, PMP info and a lot of it is free of charge. –Kathy Martucci, PMP

PM Study
www.pmstudy.com – This site has a great work hours experience calculator that really helps when you are filling out an application to take a certification exam. They also have a thread where you can carry out “discussions” on Facebook. In addition, their free 200-question PMP exam is a valuable practice test to gauge real progress made when studying for the PMP exam. It will provide a realistic test score and help you focus on which areas of study you need to concentrate on most. It’s a neat site. –Kathy Martucci, PMP


PM Reference Book

Fast Forward MBA
Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh – I recommend this book as a terrific reference guide to the proven techniques in project management. The book is succinct, full of practical tips that work, examples, case studies and templates.  –Vicki Wrona, PMP


One-Stop Shop For Project Management Answers

Gantthead  – now called ProjectManagement.com
Gantthead has changed their name to ProjectManagement.com to better reflect what they are – a one-stop shop for everything related to project management, including over 11,000 how-to articles, many templates and discussions offering specific advice.  -Vicki Wrona, PMP

Projects at Work
www.projectsatwork.com – This site offers a variety of resources and articles on how to better manage projects, programs, portfolios and teams. They also produce a nice monthly newsletter of informative articles. –Vicki Wrona, PMP

Check these out and let us know what you think of them. Also, what are your favorite resources?