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Software for planning time of tasks and projects

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?

Thanks!

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No. But why is that?

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.
Bob

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Most project managers I know ...

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.

Kees

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