Project in a Box – new edition

planningImage5We have long been admirers of the Community Edition of Project in a Box.

This great, free resource is one we always recommend to our charity clients – being a great way think about, plan and deliver projects using the bones of the recognised Prince 2 methodology.

PIAB have just released a new version of the free Community Edition which offers more project planning templates for those less demanding, less layered projects.

You can use the three step template (or the five step for more detailed project planning) in the new system to clearly map your thinking about project formulation, inception and delivery.

If your Third Sector organisation has previously felt rather pale when reviewing project planning methodologies or software like MsProject, then this new Community Edition is just for you.

The new version is also bundled with Planner, another great free resource from PIAB. Check out the PIAB web site for more details.

If you can get, as a beginner, past some of the language – then this free download is a great resource for helping you think clearly about projects, how they are delivered and how they are reported about when finished. If you are expert, this is still a great resource too.

PIAB – we recommend it.

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Project management
– thinking systems

boxB-WpicProject in a Box have recently revised and updated their Community Edition of the software that lets you get into Prince 2 mode for managing your projects.

Free to download and use for your single project manager activity, or with a team, PIAB is an ideal way to get even the most basic, simple project properly organised and presented to colleagues or boards of management in an orderly, structured and clear way.

We like it as a product, not only for its lack of cost, but because it is now .net portable – you can copy it to your usb stick and go anywhere, but also because the software now has PIAB Planner software feely available with it too.

If you want to manage your risk register, look after and track issues or to export outputs for others to work on, we think Planner is an invaluable additional tool to your ‘structured thinking’ armoury.

Ckeck out the Community Edition of Project in a Box here, you’ll be on your way to Prince 2 Practitioner status in no time.

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