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III or higher, 64MB RAM, 800x600 screen resolution or greater
(single user license)
main focus of the program is on individual tasks.
Tasks consist of a name, description, notes, ID
and several user definable fields. Tasks are assigned
to team members, given dates and participants.
As you might surmise, setting up your team members,
rules and defining extra fields is activity you
should consider doing before getting started on
a project. Once tasks are assigned to team members
(or yourself as the manager), task completion information
can be added and information about the task can
be updated as the project proceeds. For those who
need a gentle nudge, Task Manager can automatically
send reminder e-mails.
real power in the tool comes from the manipulation
of the data you enter and track. The program's
reports provide a nice view of a great many things
ranging from individual performances to comparisons
of productivity across years, to when tasks are
completed relative to their pre-assigned end dates.
is fairly flexible and offers loads of different rules and
filters which can be set up for the creation of tasks, reminders
and reports. Many of these, such as auto correct, are built-in
or set up with just a few steps. Others can be accessed through
a selection of choices or the use of different formulas and
a database application at its heart and Task Manager doesn't
really try to hide these roots. The advantage is that those
with a bit of programming or database savvy will find the
system easy to modify and personalize. Now granted you don't
need to be a programmer to do this, but that type of background
worked on an extensive database project built in Microsoft
Access, Visual Basic, and Cold Fusion, I felt right at home.
However, the downside to this approach is that there is some
sacrifice in usability. My non-programmer folk found the interface
less than friendly. For myself I could understand their reasoning,
as many of the buttons and options were not intuitive. That
being said, providing a little training and configuring Task
Manager to match your environment will probably lead to a
more fruitful situation. The only other major drawback I found
was that the program didn't support a web-based environment.
Sure you could use VNC or PCAnywhere to access it remotely,
but it would be nice if you could access it across the Internet
as well. Of course for many folks this will not be relevant.
keep in mind that Task Manager 2003 manages tasks. The product
focus does not lie in project management in the manner of
tools such as Microsoft Project 2000. But Task Manager's approach
can, in many situations, be exactly what you need.
2003 is a highly extensible and powerful task management program.
It provides a plethora of options and capabilities when it
comes to managing new or recurring individual tasks. If you
are looking for a way to better organize your work or workgroup
and are in a task-oriented environment, this could be the
tool for you.
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