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Software for planning time of tasks and projects

by Omniscient232 / October 17, 2014 1:56 AM PDT

Hello all,

I am looking for a software solution that allows you to define tasks and projects.

The specific feature that I am looking for is this:
I want to be able to "predict" for each task how long it will take me to work on it (e.g. 2 hours, or 56 hours). I DON'T mean the time before deadline, or something like that, I mean the amount of time that I'm actually WORKING on it.

It should then tell me how much work I have to do based on all these tasks, so that I know approximately how many hours per day I have to work for a certain time period.

Does such a program exist?


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No. But why is that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2014 2:04 AM PDT

I've worked on projects for decades and there is no software that can accurately predict task length, duration and more.

On the worst miss one project predicted 1 year with a dozen staff on it. It took 3 weeks with 2 folk for 2 weeks and a final week with 1 person.

On the other side I had a project that mandated it be completed in 2 weeks. That project is now past 1 year and continues on.

So no, there is no such software.

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Most project managers I know ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 23, 2014 5:39 PM PDT

use Excel to make a nice-looking chart.

If you want to sum the estimated hours of all YOUR tasks, Excel isn't a bad tool either. As Bob said, YOU do the estimating, and Excel calculates the total.


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