PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management software is usually created by engineers for other engineers. We’ve looked at several programs over the years and they’re usually too complex for the ordinary user. But we found a welcome change in Swiftlight, which is designed for managers.

This was super easy to use: Just drag and drop icons onto a timeline, with different colors for different groups of employees. Add icons for “action lists,” “issues,” “contacts,” etc. You can schedule meetings, goals, milestones and more.

The only downside to this program is its cost, which is $299. But then, project management software is usually expensive, typically over $400. You can get a free trial and watch a demo at swiftlightsoftware.com.

If you just need a basic version of Microsoft Project, there’s the $40 “Plan for Windows” from download.com. We thought it was a little confusing, but it opens Project files and has a free trial.

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